Saturday, July 17, 2010

How Times Have Changed

I posted a note on my facebook about how much times have changed since Soaps first aired on the radio back in the 30's & 40's. When Guiding Light went off the air I was crushed because I had followed that show since high school. I was happy when I saw that it was continuing on via Twitter. Then just this week I was watching All My Children and Erica Kain is getting ready to go on her honeymoon (don't ask me how many times she has been married, I just know it's in the double digits!) She mentions to her daughter Brianna that she can follow her on her blog while she is away.

So anyway...after posting this note about how far we've come I started getting comments about the generation today not knowing what it was like not to be so connected to everything.  This is so true.

A few years ago I went on a cruise and was forced to say goodbye to my computer and cell phone for a week. It was the most relaxing vacation I had been on in YEARS just because I had no contact with the outside world (no bill collectors, no problems from work, no heartbreaking news headlines, no spam).

I find it very hard  to go anywhere without my cell phone. I have no idea how we ever did it without them! On the rare times I've left the house with my cell phone sitting on my nightstand I about have a panic attack that today will be the day I have a flat tire or run out of gas.

And then there is facebook,twitter,myspace Etc. I think it is fantastic to be back in touch with so many friends from high school and my family and everyone else I am friends with on facebook. Would graduation not been as sad if I had known I'll still be in touch via facebook?

So some might say the kids today are really missing out on what we had but I'm happy that kids will be in touch more with their families and friends online. I would have loved to have followed my grandparents on facebook! I am thrilled when my dad posts new pictures of what he is doing since he moved to TN last year. It makes me feel closer and a part of his life.

6 comments:

Katina said...

Awwwh! The good ol days! I know them well and just like you parts of me miss them. That being said, it is nice to be able to stay in touch with people online. The only issue is that online does NOT take the place of "in person" quality time with loved ones. I think the operative word here would be BALANCE! Thanks for the post, visiting from Lady Bloggers Tea Party!

Marianne said...

I know exactly what you mean about how relaxing it is to go on vacation without all of the equipment. My fiance and leave the house every morning checking to make sure we have not only all of our electronic devices, but all the cords, accessories, etc. that go with them! It's just way too complicated most of the time...

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Christin@Pregnant with power tools said...

O wow it's so true, and I'm going so fast & busy I don't even see it - tho it makes sense & it should be obvious!

Midwestern Mama Holly said...

When I think about the days when I was (much) younger and we didnt have cell phones yet set out on vacations in the car consisting of 1000 plus miles! Now I cant go two blocks down the road to Kroger without my cell!

marcia said...

i am glad you continued your original blog it was nice to see your thoughts and others comments. I agree with the statement from Katrina that it is all about balance. I know sometimes I dont balance both very well but like you FB has brought me back in touch with old friends, new friends, school friends and my family. My only warning to people about the internet is that "on the internet people can portray themselves to be whoever they want to be and deceive people easily" Honesty is an easy thing to hide on the internet.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I always enjoy reading them.

Anne said...

Very agreed... People used to say that computers were going to isolate people, but I think it brings people together. Nice blog, like your writing!