Saturday, December 3, 2011

Things Babies Born in 2011 Will Never Know

So I was reading this Yahoo article, Things Babies Born in 2011 Will Never Know and while I am impressed at how technology has advanced over the years, I realized that new born babies are going to be missing out on some really good stuff. 

I think it is also kind of sad to see how certain things are becoming more obsolete. I like talking about things we USED to do and the ways we had to do them. 

So I included some of Yahoo's list with my thoughts:

Paper maps: Wow! Can we say old school. I remember being a little girl chilling in the back seat of the car looking at my parents in the front seat who were trying to figure out where to go by using this big ol' map. 

I could never read a map, they were too confusing for me. Now with the wonderful invention of a GPS, we can take the lazy way out and listen to someone telling us exactly where to go. This is one invention that I can really appreciate.

Movie rental stores: Okay this is so true. When is the last time anyone has ever been to a Blockbuster? With Netflex and that Red box thing, or with even watching movies on the internet, there is no need to actually step out of the house, drive somewhere and waste gas to rent a movie. I remember the drives to Blockbuster to get a VHS tape! And I was one of those people who didn't rewind. 

And speaking of video tapes, that is on Yahoo's list as well. I still have my tapes; my VHS Disney movies, the blank tapes of all the old award shows that I would record and I'm keeping them. As long as I have a working VCR, why throw them away? There are some priceless memories on there. I have an old tape of Michael Jackson performing at the American Music Awards, some classic stuff. Now with YouTube you can find most of these old performances and with Tivo it is easier to record TV shows. 

Books, magazines, and newspapers: Yahoo says, "like video tape, words written on dead trees are on their way out."

Okay this actually makes me sad. It's like my whole journalism world is being destroyed by this new technology! I have a job because people still subscribe to newspapers and listen to the radio., this better stick around for a long time.

And I don't know about you but I'm not feeling those Nooks, the digital textbook things. Yeah it's cool to download a school book for a cheaper price rather than paying full price at the college book store. But, there is also something about cracking open that fresh newspaper and holding it in my hands that a little screen can't replace. I rather read and hold an actual book than read the book on a Nook or iPad. 

 Commercial music radio: Yahoo says, "Smartphones with music-streaming programs like Pandora are a better solution that doesn't include ads screaming between every song."  

Ok, I still listen to the radio, the talk shows are worth it. I do however turn the station in between commercials. This is just like the commercials on TV. it is so much easier to Tivo a show and fast-forward through the commercials in which you're saving time by skipping them.

The evening news: More signs of different parts of journalism going down the drain ((shaking my head)). Look people...there are some things you learn by just watching the news that you just don't find in a trending topic on Twitter. Yes you can find out information faster on Twitter but for a more in-depth story, turn that TV on and give these news stations their ratings. Once again, I feel like the internet wins this one. Ugh!

I will admit that it is cheaper to just read news on websites rather than paying for a magazine or newspaper, but c'mon these can't go extinct!

Watches: Yahoo says, "the correct time is on your smartphone, which is pretty much always in your hand." 

I'm not a big watch person, but I think these will always be around. There are a lot of people very big into watches and maybe it is just because of the way they look, but I don't think watches are going anywhere. 

Wired phones: This is very true. There really isn't a point to having a house phone if everyone in your house has cellphones. Of course I still have a phone that plugs into the wall. 

Yellow and White Pages: I still get these delivered to my house. And I actually used one this morning to find a number to a restaurant to make reservations because I couldn't find the listing on Google as fast as I wanted to. But with the internet and these search engines, the Yellow and White pages are pointless.

Encyclopedias: I really don't think people use these, or dictionaries or even go to the Library to check out a book. Everything is much easier and quicker to go online. I still have my encyclopedia collection though. And I used to hate when I used to go to the library to get one particular book to write a paper on and I couldn't find it and the librarian wouldn't help me.

CDs: First records, then 8-track, then cassette, then CDs -- replacing your music collection used to be an expensive pastime, Yahoo says. With iTunes and Ipods and all of that, people don't really buy CD's that much, well I still do...of course. I like my CD collection and looking at how many I have. I also have a record player and records in my house and I still have my tapes that I use to jam to back in middle school. I even know what a 8-track looks like, I know those young heads are like an eight what??

Hand-written letters: Hand written letters are romantic! I know we now live in a world where everything is typed, even all school work and papers, except for math, but some really nice cursive writing in a love letter is just one of a kind.

Yahoo brought up a good point when they said, "When was the last time you wrote cursive? In fact, do you even know what the word "cursive" means? Kids born in 2011 won't -- but they'll put you to shame on a tiny keyboard."

I read another article on how cursive will be dying out soon because less and less schools are making it a requirement for students to learn. What a shame.
Hiding: I thought this was funny, nobody can hide anymore! Lol. 

Yahoo says, "Not long ago, if you didn't answer your home phone, that was that -- nobody knew if you were alive or dead, much less where you might be. Now your phone is not only in your pocket, it can potentially tell everyone -- including advertisers -- exactly where you are."

I remember the days before caller ID, this actually sucked...picking up the phone and not knowing who it is so you can screen the call first. Sometimes you just don't want to talk to somebody. Nowadays you can just slide to the "Ignore" option on your cellphone. But be careful, people pick up on the amount of rings and know sometimes when someone ignores their call.

Times surely have changed and really fast. I think we should add Black Friday shopping to this list. With Cyber Monday taking over which includes free shipping by the way, what is the point of standing in lines and dealing with the madness? I'm sure there will always be people shopping at malls, but more and more people are turning to online shopping.

"Today the world's collective knowledge is on the computer in your pocket or purse. And since you have it with you at all times, why bother remembering anything."

How true is this? You don't need to know a definition anymore, you can look it up really quick. Google has all the answers for you. Also, don't know how much to tip the waitress? You can look that up too. Everything is right at your hands and on the internet, I feel like this is more of an excuse for people to be lazy. What do you think? 

2 comments:

  1. What about how to sew? I feel like kids now will go straight to throwing away and buying anew if a piece of clothing got a rip. I will admit, I am guilty of that as well, but best believe when my favorite pair of dress pants seem came out on the bottom...I sewed that bad boy right up, was NOT throwing those good NY&Co pants away!

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  2. Girl!!! Now I can comment lol, but yes I still sew...if there is something that needs to be quickly stitched up I'll do it instead of throwing it away and wasting money. I get attached to clothes too

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