Technology is the campfire around which we tell our stories. -Laurie Anderson
I am proud to say that I belong to a generation who grew up without the constant bombardment of technology. My childhood friends and I used to play outside our houses, read actual book, and talk in person. It was in the later part of our adolescence that internet became available to almost every one.
Nevertheless, I am happy and thankful that we have growing and improving technology. I’m sure I would pass my school research projects just using library resources, but having the materials accessible online made it easier.
Communication has never been more easy and fun.
I had to admit, I used to exchange letters with a childhood sweetheart many years ago. It was quite difficult for both of us. For one, we can’t send the letter via post because we were just children – we had to ask a common friend to become our bridge. And for another, it takes too long to receive the letters, and urgent matters (at least for us) lost their urgency with the wait.
Now, even though I am miles away and oceans apart with my friends and family, we can talk easily as if we were in the same place. I still love the idea of handwritten letters, but the nightly video calls with my parents help keep the homesickness away.
Technology, specifically online jobs and businesses, also helped me and some friends earn some passive income. It was really useful during the time I was waiting for my overseas documents. Having an online job kept me sane and happy. I didn’t have to ask my parents for money (for the most part) when I needed to buy some new stuff.
I loved the freedom of my childhood. There were no phones that need charging, slow internet connection that frustrates to no end, and other expensive gadgets that all work the same way.
Yet, I can’t imagine life without these things anymore. It made many things easier, and more information accessible. Without online translation, communicating with my Japanese colleagues would be harder than it already is.
Yes, technology made the world smaller. But it has both advantages and disadvantages. And instead of focusing on the negative, I am just thankful for all the positive impacts technology had given my life.
I would still want my future children to have the same childhood that I had, but maybe it will be quite impossible. Computers, cellphones, and other gadgets are now staple parts of our lives. We just have to learn how to control them, instead of being controlled.
Human interaction is still integral in keeping my sanity. I like talking to my family and friends on a daily basis. That’s why I love FB messenger so much. I can communicate with my loved ones with just a touch of a button. It’s like I never left home! 😀