The transformation of our everyday life in the last few decades has been significant. Young kids are born in a world very different than we were their age. Let’s review some of these changes, mainly those that were triggered by technology.
Since my daughter has grown enough to have a meaningful conversation with, I find myself very often referring to “how thing were when I was her age”. Apart from realising that making this comparison is the wrong thing to do (mental reminder to blog about parenting), I started thinking about how the world had actually changed in the last 30-35 years. And, it has changed a lot.
When I was 7 years old, in 1986, we still had a black & white TV. Daily news updates were usually provided in paper mode (newspaper) or via scheduled TV/Radio updates. Remote contact was provided by an analogue telephone at the far end of the living room.
My daughter is 7 years old and, in 2018, can enjoy unlimited choice of entertainment through streaming services. News updates are delivered almost instantly in a global scale by a variety of channels. Communication is at the end of our fingertips via very powerful devices we carry in our jeans’ pocket.
Other aspects have changed significantly, as well. Shopping can be done everywhere, online, with scheduled delivery at home. Navigation is, again, available easily. No nasty surprises of unexpected traffic. Easy find of the best restaurant in wherever we are, and according to our taste.
Taking snapshot of time, e.g. photos, was a slow process (films required development) with random results (half of them were framed wrong). Now, photos are easy to take, sharable instantly. We can take as much as we like, until the perfect frame, with insignificant cost.
All of this change has happened quite gradually. Thus, sometimes, we might not even realise it has happened. But, when rewind back 35 years ago, it’s all very clear: the input of technology in our life has changed most, if not all, of our fundamental tasks, activities and expectations.
Is everything great? No. Is it better, more accessible and easier than 35 years ago? Definitely.
Nearly always, my next thought is about what’s next. How things will be in 35 years from now, in 2053. But that is a subject for another blog post.