Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Family History: How Has Technology Changed Your Life?

Last night, I heated some pot pies in the oven (in honor of Pi day).  I explained that I could have microwaved them, but decided to use the regular oven instead.  John joked that I must have cooked them for 3 hours at 1400 degrees.  I explained to the kids that those jokes originated when the microwave debuted, as cooks across the world had to adapt to increasing cooking times when they cooked more
The kids, of course, don't remember pre-microwave life.  They don't remember the conversations around the dinner table, debating the safety of this new appliance.  

Similarly, I can only imagine the exciting conversation that took place in my parents' families when the outhouse was traded in for indoor plumbing.  If I had to choose between having a microwave and having indoor plumbing, I would definitely choose plumbing.

Our kids view the advent of the internet to be the most life-changing technological advance of their lifetimes.  

"Can you imagine writing a research paper without the internet?!"

Yes, I can imagine.  And I can even imagine having to type it on a typewriter, too.  

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What advances in technology have made the biggest difference in your life? 
  

Thanks for microwaves, indoor plumbing, and the internet.



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6 comments:

  1. I think the internet. I have learned so much from just surfing and if I want to know about something, all I have to do is look it up. In addition to knowledge, friends (like you Kristi). I have made a lot of online friends who share the same passions as I do and are just so darn creative!

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  2. My top three: GPS, the internet, and digital cameras.

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  3. Just last week in preschool we were talking about the letter T. I had a typewriter stamp, and stamped each of their papers with it. When I asked them what they thought it was, the only two answers I got were "computer" and "cash register".
    We still have the old outhouse on our property. I cannot imagine having to go out there each time, especially with the weather we've had this winter. Brrr.
    Computers and the internet have certainly changed lives. Funny how we see it as life-changing, but our kids don't even know of a time before they existed.

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  4. CELL PHONES! I remember when I was 18 years old -- my friend and I took a trip half way across the country. Without cell phones or GPS! We had to actually use a map and stop at pay phones to check in with our parents. I can't imagine letting my 19 year old go that far with a phone or GPS. I would be so worried.

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  5. Number one for me would definitly be the Internet. I can stay in touch with people on the other side of the planet, visit places I will never see 'live' and re-visit places I did see 'live'.
    I also like the cellphone, because I now can call my hubby to hear where he is and he can call me when he wants to and not have to wait for a pay phone....
    I hardly ever use Gps, I'm still an oldfashioned map-girl. I love maps. Reading them, exploring them and set out routes with them. Although we use GPS when we are in the US (now we find motels much more easely) but I supervise with my map. ;-)

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  6. This week I have been scanning old photographs and I keep saying aloud, "That is so cool!" Every time I scan a collection of pictures, my printer/scanner/copier separates each image into an individual file. So easy!! I wrote a whole blog post on this because I thought of a lot!!

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Thanks for making this a conversation. I love to hear your comments!