Most of us would agree that this is an exciting time to be alive. It's the digital age -- one governed by such corporate heavyweights as Apple and Samsung. To be sure, technology is the name of the game in the 21st century.
Everyone and his brother has a smart phone or tablet. It's simple, quick, and convenient to find whatever it is you want on the internet -- be it a song, movie, or information for a research paper.
Still, it seems many of us can't help but reflect on a much simpler time in our lives -- our childhood -- where we took pleasure in the smallest things. From reading a book to playing tag outside with friends, we had little difficulty finding ways to entertain ourselves.
It can certainly be argued that technology makes life a whole lot easier. No need to walk to the library to buy a book or do research. No need to tune into the local radio station to listen to a popular song. The internet can facilitate practically anything these days.
So why would some of us long to be in the 70s, 80s, or 90s again?
In my view, technology has made people lazier and more spoiled. We want instant gratification. As technology continues to expand, the masses clamor for the next best thing. We not only want smart phones, but smart cars and smart houses. There will come a day when robots might do virtually everything for us.
Everything has become so corporate these days. It's the Googles and Apples of the world that are dictacting how we should live our lives. Notice all the consolidation taking place across a wide range of industries -- from fashion and television to radio and insurance.
The irony in all this is that although technology affords us the opportunity to get things quicker and easier, people aren't as open to express themselves anymore. Everyone follows the same protocols and standards. Technology, in a sense, has stifled creativity and uniqueness.
Even worse, as I alluded to above, technology might be to blame for making people more selfish and harder to please. Kids nowadays don't want to read or draw. They haven't even reached the 3rd grade and already have their noses in their iPhones.
As noted in a post published yesterday, I think it's always good to reminisce about the good old days via pictures, movies, and music. It serves to remind us that we once lived quite happily sans smart phones, Netflix, and tablets.
Would you prefer to live at an earlier time to now? Why or why not?
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