Technology has come a long way in the United States, but it seems that just when you're getting used to one new thing, another new thing is produced. Then the learning process has to start all over again. That's technology for you! For instance, I can still remember being in college and being really excited to have a computer of my own. It was a big, hulking thing that had a huge 19 inch monitor. However, it wasn't one of those computers you see nowadays. It was one of the older ones which was shaped like a giant box. Today, most new computers are sold as flat screen panels, fitting snugly into any corner. This was certainly not the case not even ten years ago. How fast things advance!
Let us turn our attention to cars. Does anyone remember a time when we didn't have cell phones? Then there came car phones. Car phones looked like regular phones, except they were in your car. They were big and bulky. This isn't the case now, however. Today, everyone has their own cell phones which come in all sorts of shapes and colors as well as sizes. Most cell phones are extremely small, though. Cell phone use has gotten to the point where some states were forced to have written rules and laws governing cell phone usage while driving on roadways. Who would've thought? To see a corded phone or even worse- a rotary phone (the one in which you have to push the numbers individually around a circle) is almost unheard of.
For many older people, technology is still a fairly new thing. For instance, just the other weekend, I found myself explaining the difference between being "on the computer" versus being "on the Internet" to my grandmother. I found myself becoming exasperated when she didn't get it after I explained it to her once. I then had to regroup and remind myself that not everyone keeps up with all of the things that go on with technology. Besides this, she is from an entirely different generation of people who didn't have computers.
Trying to keep up with technology is difficult and probably will continue to be difficult because there is always something new coming out. I'm sure that twenty years ago, people would never imagine that we'd have laptop computers, and games like Guitar Hero. The generation growing up today will look back in twenty years or so and be able to say that they didn't have certain things because they haven't been invented yet. Likewise, future generations will never know a time without certain items. Rotary phones and cable boxes will be housed in museums of artifacts from the late 1980s/early 1990s. This isn't to say that it is hopeless to try to keep up with technology; rather, it would behoove of us to be aware of the various technology that is invented. From new cell phones to new kitchen gadgets and devices for your car, it's always good to know what's out there regardless of whether or not we decide to purchase and use these items.
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