This generation,do they know what they ve missed?
March 11, 2010 9:55pm CST
i was born in the 60s,rock n roll,elvis,beatles, formative teen years in 70s,bell bottom pants,color tv ,vinyl records,heavy metal,disco.then came 80s, MJ and walkman ,carrying about a huge boom box on the street was something cool.. Long story short, i am glad i lived thru that various stages all before thye age of tyhe internet.. Now i notice that many kids past 2 generation approaching their teens may not have a perception of what it used to be like,once upon a time when we wanted to send a message ,we had to get paper and pen and actually write the words and then stuff it in a envelope,finally trust the good ole postal service to get our message across., you wanted information,we had to flip a book called a dictionary or encyclopedia,music,latest hits can only be bought a the record or cassete shop,not just click and download, This was just like barely 20 years ago,I wonder if the kids of this digital age who was born after I.T,when everything can be gotten with just a click on the mouse,can picture that era before age of the internet. world has changed so much because of the internet,its like theres is B.C. and A.D ,think we should also use AD/AI..can you remember anything from before the digital age and now ,how much it has changed?
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• Daytona Beach, Florida
13 Mar 10
I watched the digital age come into existance. I was born in the early 80's, and watched as technology advanced around me. my school had some of the first computers, and now here I sit 26 years later with a flat screen t.v. laptop, and cell phone. And, I stop and think of what is, and what was. The digital age is a welcoming thing for me, but I do remember the past and marval at how things used to be.
14 Mar 10
yes indeed,i also marvel at how simpler tecnology used to be and we still get by back in the 80s. Despite that,i remember back then i already was in awe at how advanced our tecnology was in comparison to the 40s and 50s. And yet, I think even back then ,if I was asked to visualize the advancements of tecnology 20 to 30 years ahead,think i ll be hard pressed to imagine half of the tecnological advancements we already have in common and taken for granted in everyday living right here and now!
13 Mar 10
I can remember the day Canada declared war on Germany in 1939. I was just a lil tik but my parents were very concerned. We had no electricity, no running water,and we lived on a farm in the country. Later I walked 1.5 miles to school (uphill both ways) and when the snow drifted over the telephone lines in the winter, we skied over them. We had a battery radio which we only used to listen to the news. There was a barrel of salt pork in the cellar, and mom did all her baking on a wood stove (it burnt wood for heat)in the kitchen.
14 Mar 10
You have my respect as a person who has truly lived a life rich in experience and also have the luxury and fortune to be able to compare then and now in the space of approx 70 yrs.Think of it,you ve 40s ,50s to 60s,your growing up years n what the world was like then. 70s to 90s.your adulthood and witnessing the explosive revolutionary changes of the world around you,also i congratulate you in outliving the century,2010 now,for you ,just bring yourself back to the 1950s and compare what it was like then and the present,if you were back in the 50s and someone told you what the world in 2010 is like ,with the tech n everything common now,you probably not believe a word!
• United States
12 Mar 10
In many ways, I think I was born about thirty years too late. I am talking about the music more than anything. Listening to it today, it was some quality stuff and some of the most memorable things. The fact that the Beatles, Elvis, and the like are still being talked about. Even moving ten or fifteen years up, there is still a lot of quality stuff, really to the end of the 1980s. However, there are a lot of things that have changed for the better and made our lives either. I think it is about half and half to be honest with you. Half of the things today, I really enjoy. Half of the things from the past, I think we would be better off if they were around today. So, I think I am fickle like that.
12 Mar 10
Hi Bryan... This is a nice post! I am 27 now. I entered my teen age when the computer had just started taking over. I remember the papers and envelopes, the cassesttes and its player, the VCR and its huge cassette... Those things have become history now. I don't remember taking pen and paper in hand and writing a letter for the past 10 years or more. Certainly, the technology- which is changing almost everyday, has created a big gap between the recent two generations... There're a few benefits too. Now the people can spend more time for other activities too, as a lot of there time is saved by this technogical revolution. The speed of communication has increased tremendously e.g. e-mail... The cost has decreased for the effective communication e.g. chatting! And a lot such advantages can be listed... Every generation has something to be proud of, and something that they have missed... This is life-cycle, it'll go on and on...
12 Mar 10
Imagine ,already almost 2 generations of teens who were born within the digital age who probably would be totally lost or very ackward if they did a time travel thing and just go back 20 years,many have not even seen a cassette player(the bigger ones) b4..much less vinyl record players..even our perception of things as they were is so different, if we give it some thought..i remember when the 1st 'Tron" movie or star wars saga and space odyssey 2010 was shown and the effects blew my mind,but very primitive compared to standards today,sometimes now, i actually prefer to use the good old letter writing and post it,i kind of like the feeling of anxious anticipation of waiting for the letter in the postbox,strangely i'd email the other to remind them not to email the message but write it down in a letter or postcard for the fun of it,tecnology has killed off d excitement of anticipation replacing it with instant gratification,like taking a picture with digital camera,dont like just delete instantly,coulkdnt do that with a roll of film..!
12 Mar 10
I was born in 1951, when rock and roll was just being heard this side of the Atlantic, when we were just coming out of the post war era and I must admit, looking back, things have changed so radically it's hard to believe. Like you, I'm really glad to have been a part of the progress over the past 50 something years, but I do wonder what the future will bring where kids can't spell, can't read, demand everyhing handed to them on a plate, rely totally on technology etc.
12 Mar 10
I grew up in the '80's & I just HATED computers when growing up & in high school. Now I can't live without them. I remember the telephone, writing notes on paper, the having to wait much longer than five minutes for a response, hating it when people use their answering machine on us, LOL! In all honesty, I wish I was born in 1967, not 1977, cuz I would have loved to be able to socialise freely & do the outdoor things that were starting to be restricted by law in the '90's. Like driving in the back of the trucks, being able to express ur opinions & not being penalised by the court system. Plus I love the old-style cars!!! LOL, the cars nowadays look like spaceships and bubbles! :-p