Changes you have witnessed

United States
October 28, 2012 10:05pm CST
The other day, I was thinking that in 6 months I'll be a half a century old! I was thinking of some of the things that have changed in my lifetime. First there was black and white t.v. , then there was colored. You could get quite a few t.v. stations with "rabbit ears" now it's high definition t.v. Didn't have internet or computers. Then there were the "BIG" desktop computers and then internet through a land line phone. Now we have wifi. Remembering the land line phone when there was a "party line" other people could listen to your conversation, because they had to wait for the line to be "open." We also had a "rotary phone" where you had to put your finger in the round holes on the face of the phone to dial it. Then came along the push button phones and the cordless phones still using the land lines. Then came the invention of cell phones. First they came in big "bags", now they're hand held and you can play games and get the internet and get directions using a GPS device. That's just some of the things I can mention right now! What things have changed in your lifetime that you have actually experienced? Wow what is the world going to be like if I live to be 100?
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
29 Oct 12
Your list reminds Me of Some other technology landmarks we've had in that time too...the creation of the Space Program resulting in the Moon landings,Supersonic travel,the addition of music formats from vinyl to cassette to CD,and Now digital downloads.. The ability to record tv,from the VHS/Betamax wars,through to DVD..
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
29 Oct 12
Thinking how things have moved on..Teens now are growing up having had the Internet and all this technological advance all their lives..They've never been without it..
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• United States
29 Oct 12
Oh, most definitely I never even hit the modern technology of science and the Space Programs. I knew I just started with a list and was hoping more people would add to it, because I think in every aspect of our lives things have changed or have been updated. Thanks for joining in the discussion and adding things I didn't even mention!
• United States
29 Oct 12
I think a reason for the younger generation being into the "me" generation is that they have all these modern conveniences. Take away their cellphones and computers, what would they do with their time! I'm not saying all the tens are this way, but when I was a teen I never had to worry about how to entertain myself without all those gadgets!
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
29 Oct 12
WOW! Reading your post made me look back and see how much the world really has changed. I am just a few years younger than you are and have witnessed all the changes that occurred as years passed. To add to that, I think would be the use of the Metro Rail System. It was used here quite later than other countries. And also the use of a telegram! We would receive those from my grandparents in the provinces. There were no emails yet that time and it as the fastest way of relaying a message if there were no phones available. And also in making a call, you have to go through the operator if you want to call overseas unlike now that you just need to punch the country code, area code then the phone number of the person you want to talk to.
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• United States
29 Oct 12
Oh, yes back in the days, you could actually speak to some one, not you get automated recordings! Oh, yes so many changes in the transportation are too! Like when gasoline prices were a lot cheaper! Thanks for joining in the discussion!
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
29 Oct 12
Those were the days! Maybe in the next few years, we just need to implant a microchip in our brains and when we want to call somebody, the microchip would trigger the number on the phone that would directly connect us to that person! No more punching of keypads! Glad to be part of your discussions!
@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
29 Oct 12
I agree, I am on my early forties and yes- those changes. But one thing that I feel bad about this modernization is- our culture and tradition are also in danger. Good for other traditions/culture that sounds taboo- but values are suffering the same thing too. Kids of new genre are getting uncontrollable and even worse.
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• United States
29 Oct 12
Exactly! Another good point in how the world is changing is values! I think the younger generation (not all of them) expect to have things, but some don't think of how unfortunate other people's situations are! That comes from parenting also, but we sometimes take the little things for granted and only want more to make our lives easier. Thanks for joining in this conversation!
• China
29 Oct 12
Yes things change so fast so much even we can not notice it,but there is one thing but I find it is very important,and that is all the new inventions will cost us so much,such as now the medicine grow very fast now we can cure almost all kinds of diseases,but meanwhile the medical fee is so expensive that many people can not afford that.So in my mind,things changes to good and all the people can get the benefits from them,and it is really a good change.
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• United States
29 Oct 12
Another great point, the cost of medical services has drastically changed also. I remember when we lived in the country and we had to travel a lot of miles to get to doctors. If you didn't have money for treatment you could barter with food or services for payment. That way everyone would be able to afford going to doctors and not having to worry about owing money. Thanks for joining in this discussion!
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
29 Oct 12
I remember everything you mentioned! I also remember t.v. were big and now we have digital t.v. and t.v.'s are so slim! I remember we had no cable! Now of course we did but their is also Direct TV and Satellite tv! I remember when we didn't need to wear seat belts in cars because cars were bigger and buildt like tanks! Cars ran on leaded gasoline,too! I remember the days of very few or no fast food resturants! Now they are everywhere! You made things from stratch! The microwaves didn't become popular until the 1980's! Now lots of things are made in microwaves and are premade! Video recorders were huge and you rented VHS tapes form places like the grocery stores or mini-marts! Now it is all DVD's and you rent from stores that only do that business! We also have Neflex,too! I remember having LP's! Eight tracks,cassettes and cd's! Now downloading music on I-pads,on cell phones and you can do that on blank cd's! All from the computer! Shopping was different,too! There was Sears,K-Mart,Prange Way and Montgomery Ward! Sears and some K-marts are still around but now there are Walmarts all around! Now you can shop at Walmart for groceries and not have to go to a grocery store! Stores were not open on the holidays and sometimes not on sunday! Now alot are! Christmas was not commericalized like it has become! So many things have changed in my 50 years and I am sure I forgot some things but I do know,things will continue to change!
• United States
29 Oct 12
Oh, exactly, I apparently just started my list! Remember the older microwaves that had the dial as the timer? Now days they even count the seconds! Yes, remember not very many fast food places, there were quite a few "mom and dad" resteraunts, where everything was home grown and they would prepare it right there. They didn't have premade food back then. Now, you don't even have to go to Walmart, most things you can order on line and pick it up or they deliver it to you. Thanks for joining in the discussion!
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• Philippines
29 Oct 12
Thanks for your post. I learn a lot just by reading your post for almost a minute. Right now, I'm 23 years old. Still a bit younger. But I have also witnessed some changes. When I was still in high school, facebook doesn't exist that time. Because during that time, friendster dominated the social networking industry. But right now, facebook is widely use to socialize virtually. And friendster is nowhere to be found. And then before, cellphones isn't very much developed back then. I can still remember that when I was in high school, most cellphones have antenna. But now, if your cellphone does have an antenna, it's most likely that people will laugh at you. These are just some of the changes that I have witnessed.
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• United States
29 Oct 12
Oh, yes even at a young age as yourself I'm sure you have witnessed changes also! Thanks for joining in the discussion!
@succe66 (19)
• China
29 Oct 12
I exprienced many change also, from black and white TV to color TV,from big desk comuputer to notebook, from wired phone to wireless phone, all these changed people's life, If I live to be 100, what things will be changed,this is a question I am interested,too. Let's enjoy the happy the change bring to us,and hope all these have positive effect.
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@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
29 Oct 12
Hi... I'm 30 only, and yet I can say that I've seen some real big changes... When I was very young, TV was very new.. And it was expensive too... They needed antennas and they were black and white... We had a radio transister at that time; that was the only entertainment available.. Compare those TVs to today's LCDs and LEDs; it is a huge change. The same goes with computers. The first computer I saw was a 486 processor. It was so slow & based on MS-DOS. I don't think they use DOS anymore. Compare that to today's computers... I have seen major changes, I can say with confidence... I don't think I'll live a hundred years, but I'm sure after another 50 years, we'll have cars running using the air and flying too... Computers & Smart phones will become part of daily life...
• United States
29 Oct 12
Yes, I can remember the transistor radios and you could get AM/FM music just by radio waves. There were no FM stereo stations. I guess you have to start out with the basics of an invention, so it can be improved. As far as living another 50 more years, I think with the advancement it computer technology everything will have computers or will be run by computers. Oh, wait a minute most things now days already have computers in them or are run by computers! Thanks for joining in this discussion!
@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
29 Oct 12
You are welcome Miss... Yes, everything today is run by computers... Very few things require manual interference... It should give us more spare time to work on new and constructive things... I tell you... If someone had told me that I'd be using internet on my phone in those days, I'd have laughed at that bloke.... LOL... The speed of our technological progress is unbelievable... What remains now is, flying cars using air as fuel... :-)
@lacieice (2065)
• United States
29 Oct 12
I remember when gas was 35 cents a gallon. I remember drive-in theaters with 'buck a carload' night. I remember glass pop bottles, and carrying my schoolbooks in my arm, not a bookbag. I remember my parents paid $50 a month to rent a 3 bedroom house...with a garage. I remember poodle skirts and old time rock and roll, and I remember girls wearing skirts and dresses to school....pants weren't allowed for girls. I remember kids being polite, being able to walk down the street without worrying about getting shot, and not even bothering to lock the doors at night. Yea, times have changed, and not always for the best.
• United States
29 Oct 12
Thanks for joining in the discussion! Oh, my gosh I too can remember the drive-in theaters! Also, carrying your school books. I remember one time I was running late for class and was in a hurry. Hustling around the corner and bumped into some one and books go flying all over every place! But the young man was also in a hurry and we helped each other out by picking up the books together. You're also right on losing our values and manners. I think because we now live in a fast past society and no one takes the time to think of others.
@Micmac (8986)
29 Oct 12
It's funny how we laugh at many of the older version of appliances and technology we had years ago compared to the newer advanced models. Most stuff were made bigger, slower, and took up loads of space. Nowadays the inventions are smaller but sometimes bit more complicated to handle. My mom always tells me that the older things last longer and had better quality and better manufacturing. I remember pictures of my uncle's old car the way they use to make car models long like in the 60's with pointed rear headlights. I use to laugh how in the world he could find space to park that long immense car. haha Now today cars are compact.
• United States
29 Oct 12
Very true, some of the stuff that they first came out with tend to have better quality and the manufacturers would back their products too. Oh, yes the automobile industry has changed drastically too! I guess in vehicles they thought bigger was better, now they've decided smaller is more economical! Thanks for joining this discussion!
@GemmaR (8526)
29 Oct 12
I think that this is a really interesting thing to think about, because the majority of us will have witnessed some kind of change during the course of our life, and this means that we will be able to go back and think about it in the future. One of the things that I have noticed is the invention of the internet. When I was born this was just something that wasn't available at all, and now the majority of people in the world are able to use it on a daily basis. I don't know what I would do without the internet, and I am very glad that I have been able to get it.
• United States
29 Oct 12
It seems like the internet has been the biggest invention, considering how people communicated with rocks, pens/pencils and paper,chalk and chalkboard now to communicating over the internet through emails and instant messaging and text messaging! Thanks for joining this discussion!
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
29 Oct 12
I am 34 years old. I remember when televisions were those huge console ones that sat on the floor and took up so much space. When VCR's were just coming out and they cost an arm and a leg. CD players were new and cars all had cassette decks. The only internet you could get was dial up and you had to use AOL. We had a rotary phone as well. Things sure have changed.
• United States
29 Oct 12
Most definitely, I think when people invented things they thought that bigger was better, until some one else came along and decided to downsize and put more power to it! Thanks for joining in this discussion!
@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
4 Nov 12
hi dear Jodee I have turned 50 this year and I remember these rotary phones and that not everyone had a phone at home. Infact cause my mother and aunt didnt want me to use the phone at home to talk to friends I went to the next phone booth when I wanted to talk to anyone. I also remember the black and white TV of course and how often we listened to the radio. And I remember a lot of products which are sadly off the market not only in the supermarket aisles but when it comes to toys as well. Sometimes I really think I am getting a tad old cause I can say, aha, 40 years ago I had this or did this. Like, not every young person had a stereo compound back then. I didnt and was happy as could be as I was allowed to use a friends one in the students boarding house when she was out and about.
@gunsing (142)
• Indonesia
30 Oct 12
when you're 100? hm... super computer implanted into eye-glasses with voice command. All in one function from mobile phone, computer, GPS, virtual 3D games (this one I'll surely love it when it's really created); video phone etc. Imagine laying on sun lounger wearing that glasses reading e-book, shopping on-line, chatting with friends, playing 3D games WOW..... Back to today, I still remember when I was a boy, all my toys were manual/mechanical toys, I used to play with many physical involvement like running in parks, hide and seek etc. And I see my kids now; their toys are mostly electrical, playing with sitting holding remote control; playing games on tab, and sadly they don't have park to go where they can running, cycling etc. And this part of "Modern Life" for me is SAD and I have no idea how to change that.
@Tongcv (173)
• China
29 Oct 12
Change very fast,but the technologv does not make people's lives getting better,but there are a lot of bad factors.