My husband says life was easier before computers. Is he right?

@kbkbooks (7028)
Canada
January 24, 2007 5:35pm CST
In my home, my stepson, my sons, and I all use the computer and the Internet. I have done many jobs where the computer was essential. My husband hates the computer. He says records at the government and towns and banks were all better before computers. Of course I don't agree. A lot of older people feel that way. Some just believe it's better to go with the flow. What's your opinion and how do other people you know feel?
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@soldenski (2503)
• United States
24 Jan 07
One of the problem's I found with computer's, is that we had stored a lot of picture's in our old computer and one day it crashed (or whatever it is called) and for some reason, we could not retrive them. (I am sure we could have paid for someone to find them) I love computer's, I think they have made life easier.
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• Australia
25 Jan 07
Which should have taught a lesson to back up everything important.
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• Pakistan
25 Jan 07
You should always maintain a proper backup. Regarding this discussion we wouldn't be here at mylot witjout computers.
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• Brazil
25 Jan 07
oi
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@khunapup (13)
• Argentina
25 Jan 07
I believe that life wasn't easier, but it was better. Today we can't do anything (And I mean anything) without a computer, we need them to clean our clothes, to make our cars, to build our houses and the most terrifying, to communicate between family members. Computer was made to simplify our lives not to make us addicted to them, that's why the internet exist, that's why we think on getting that new graphic card before it appears on the market. Yes, life is more comfortable with robots making all our job, but computer depends of human work not viceversa. PERIOD hehe
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• United States
25 Jan 07
Word up. Khunapup
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
It's true computers are built into everything. Now when you go to fix your car, if something is wrong, I have seen where they had to replace the whole CPU of the car to fix one little thing. That is NOT more convenient.
@xdwinx (26)
• Philippines
25 Jan 07
Computers really help alot. We can do things more easy and fast. It is very convinient. But your husband may also be rigth 'cause before there are no computers so people have to rely on their own ability and talent and now it can be a measure of ones working or qualifying ability in many aspect, but what if you could be better than someone, but you can't afford to buy a computer in that piont, the hidden fact is your behind in technology and chances in life cause your poor
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25 Jan 07
is that really any different to the past, people with more money could always get better jobs, and every school has computers these days so everyone is on an even keel
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
That's exactly what he says. He says when he was younger the banks never made the kinds of mistakes they do now.
@kmgupta (561)
• India
29 Jan 07
i think your husband is old minded and can't keep pace with the cahnge
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
We agree.
@tenzen (114)
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
Life WAS easier before we had computers. But when computers came along, it solved a lot of problems also, but doing so required us to master a bit of complexity. So I guess its a trade-off. Personally, I very much appreciate all the things the computers can do. Like being able to post nothings here.
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
I know. It's a lot of fun being addicted to this thing.
• United States
29 Jan 07
Hmm...honestly I think it could go either way. Things are easier because of computers, but again, they make things more complicated.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
That's the truth.
@sunita64 (6469)
• India
28 Jan 07
Computers are a big help in every sphere of life I feel.But yes still there are old fashioned persons who do not like computers.This is what is called technology phobia.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
That's the honest truth. Yet, whatever happened to receiving the love letter and cherising even the handwriting of your lover. The computer generation may kill the art of handwriting.
@al_ngl (27)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Life is much easier because of computers. One downfall: Windows crashing is inevitable.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
YES!! No one ever invented helmets and seatbelts to save us...mostly from banging our heads on the desk in frustration.
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
28 Jan 07
I would have to disagree with your husband. Without it, I would be bored out of my mind as a stay at home mom. It has helped me earn extra cash. I am able to pay my bills with web pay. You are saving the enviroment when you don't have to write a check or get a money order. I can keep in touch with friends that I normally couldn't without it. Maybe he's just scared and really doesn't understand it. Let him sit down and have a go at it. I say before the hour is up he will be hooked.
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Another vote for my side!
• Colombia
26 Jan 07
i dont think so, if computer didn't exist maybe the bigest way of comunication didn't exist
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
I think as technology advances face to face communication becomes less. We have less and less human contact.
@claudia413 (4283)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I love computers! - I love computers and wouldn't want to be without one today. I can communicate with many friends at one time, send pictures to many people at the same time, pay bills online, and get my work done faster with a computer.
I've been in the workplace for over 45 years now, and I can say without exception that computers are the best thing to come along. When I first started as a secretary, I had to use a manual typewriter. Then came the electronic typewriters to make typing easier. Then came the memory typewriters, IBM mag card and...finally...computers. My work is done so much faster now than it was in the past. If we could just convince our boss that he can now fill out forms online and print them rather than filling them out by hand, it would make our lives easier (his printing/writing is very hard to read and leads to mistakes). BTW, I'm almost 65 and couldn't live without my computer at work and at home. Most people I know feel the same way. It makes many tasks so much easier and less time consuming.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
28 Jan 07
That's interesting because in a way I feel things were easier when I didn't use a computer.
@mchu519 (465)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I agree with you. Computers are made to assist humans in everyday task and also on complicated task such as programming and designing. Can you imagine searching for a specific record through a filing system? I say on average it takes about a few minutes to find a record, but if the record is store in a system in a computer, it would only take few seconds. Is it because your husband don't know how to use the computer well are can't find anything useful he can use it for.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
I remember when I first started working, I was 16 so it was 30 years ago. At that time, we were still keeping files on paper and in filing cabinets. I remember filing and searching for paper documents when needed. It wasn't as hard as you make it seem. I think what computers make possible is that now a business can extend it's reach around the world instead of just in the community because it can network with other offices in other places.
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
25 Jan 07
yes life was simpler and easier without computers, a lot less stressful and less worry. They are nice to have but not an absoulte necessity, and many people can and do live without them. We all of us can when you get right down to it.
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
I agree, not really a necessity for the home. For business, I think computers are necessary to a point but I think their uses have been over extended.
@sahyd2don (2946)
• India
25 Jan 07
I think for your husband operating computer is difficult thats why he said that otherwise all of us know that computers made our lifes easier.
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
Thanks for your comment.
@cNotable (894)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I don't know, but technology sure can make things pretty confusing, but overall it makes our lives more entertaining I would say. Think of a DVD player and how hard it is to get that thing connected to the tv, the cable box, and the soundsystem. Boom, there you go.
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
What you say is true for both sides. It's convenient but confusing.
@dbeast (1498)
• India
25 Jan 07
i dont think that is true.there is nothing without computers nowadays.just think of it if we were to store records on paper the time and sapce it would occupy.That goes as far as storing.what happens when we want to pull out the details of a particular record stored around 20 years back.it would take days.technology has grown to a vast extent nowadays.i guess we ll have to adapt ourself with it whether we like or not else it becomes difficult to survive.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Thanks for your answer.
• Canada
25 Jan 07
I believe that most of the people who feel this way is because they are scared of computers and don't know enough about them . I have found computers have made so many things easier then it was years ago . Take for instance just being able to talk to family and friend on the other side of the world . You have to pay for your phone calls but you can check in with family and friend either with an online chat thing like msn or yahoo or just by sending an email message .
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
Free phone will come soon enough or phone will become obsolete, that is my opinion.
@vidyadas (415)
• India
25 Jan 07
life wasn't this faster thn......
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
That's the truth!
• Philippines
25 Jan 07
I agree that the people before were better off without computers because technology was not yet developed then. But now, with the help of technology, things are made easier. Life is made easier. I cannot imagine myself without a computer or a cellphone today. But tomorrow, there will be more new gadgets that we could not imagine today. I think the advantages of having a computer outweigh the disadvantages. It all depends on how the person uses a particular technology.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
It's so funny to see people walking around all over the place with their hand to their ear. Phones have become so small you could walk around with your hand on your ear and no one would know the difference.
@shyam4uall (1002)
• India
25 Jan 07
It may be..as it is his point of view..and different people will have different views on the importance of computers in todays life.I feel the computer has been an angel's stick..or a magical stick..just by shaking the stick I can talk to one who is sitting in the north pole..or south pole. But but.I think I must agree is that it has made us lazy..and ur brains are invaded by evil ideas..we always think negative and our creative imagination has been lost for ever..
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Lazy is true. My stepson is the worst. He will sit for hours and play just one game, day in and day out.