Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Times...they are a changin'

30 years ago....notes were taken on paper with a pen or pencil; today we have laptops, iPads, and Palm Pilots.

30 years ago...you found books at the library or a bookstore, you held a book in your hand an dogeared pages to keep your place; today we have Kindles, Nooks, and iPads with millions of books at the touch of a button.

30 years ago...you could call a company or business and the phone was answered by a real, live person; today we are greeted by a recorded voice who prompts us to "press one", "press two" , "enter the extension number of your party followed by the pound key."

30 years ago...we wrote letters, made phone calls, and met friends at the local hangout; today we interact through email, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

30 years ago...Microfiche was cutting edge technology which helped you locate your research topics in books in the library or newspaper; today the internet brings information to our fingertips twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

30 years ago...cameras used film and photos took several days to process; today we photos are seen instantly on a digital screen.

30 years ago...telephones were land lines and were located in our homes (some still attached to the wall via a curly cord), and only made phone calls; today cell phones fit easily in our pockets and contain texting, internet, digital cameras, address books, music players, games, and can make calls.

30 years ago...cable tv offered around 30 channels and was available in towns or cities, those of us in rural areas got 3 channels from an antenna (if the weather was just right); today satellite tv provides us with 300+ channels and kids complain "there's nothing on tv!"

30 years ago...kids were taught respect and responsibility at home, parents sided with teachers, and corporal punishment was common practice and accepted; today many parents are absent, respect has been replaced by entitlement, teachers are often told, "what happens at school is your problem", and spanking in school can be grounds for a lawsuit.

If the increase in technology means the demise of good, moral character have we truly improved society?  If the answer is yes, what does the future hold?  What has happened to personal interaction?  I despise the "self checkout" lanes in stores, and think we are losing something very important by replacing people with machines. 

Though we may worry and wonder what the future will bring, we can always count on one thing....
     For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to
                 harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
   Jeremiah 29:11


kimB said...

Good food for thought, Sharmin... I do appreciate the advances in today's technology (for the most part, anyway!), but I do also miss the genuine connection between people. I also miss the days when practically everyone believed in GOD, went to church, displayed manners and respect and had no fear of leaving our doors unlocked...

Great post, Hon - thanks for sharing your thoughts and for ending with such a positive and encouraging message :)

Tim said...

Loved the blog. Some very good points. I'm a follower now!