New Technology, Old Mom

Technology changes far more rapidly than I do. As a result, I find myself sounding more and more like my dad these days… regularly starting sentences with phrases like, “I remember the days when…,” or “When I was a kid…”

Most recently, I found myself saying, “I remember when you had pay for things with checks or cash (or, as we say in the south, ‘cash money’)!”

You see, a friend of mine sent me money via text! Yes, I said via  a text!! As in a message on my phone. Heck, when I was a kid, most stores didn’t even accept checks, let alone credit cards, debit cards, or TEXTS.

I mentioned in Walmart Scan & Go… Crazy that I am often slow to adopt new technology. It has only been in the last year that I’ve started paying my bills through my bank’s website… and now, apparently, I can just e-mail or text those payments.

On top of that, I can now deposit my checks with my phone?!? Just snap a picture, and seconds later, the funds are in my account. SECONDS later!

The truth is, I am both horrified and thrilled at the very idea of these technological advances. I love the convenience, but I worry about the additional security risks that, one could assume, would come with this type of technology.

I know that I will continue to use this new fangled technology. But there will always be a part of me that instinctively reaches into my purse to dig for coins when I am at the grocery store.

It has me thinking about all of the things that we take for granted that didn’t even exist when I was a kid, like remote controls … I remember when we had to get off our butts, walk to the TV, and turn a knob to change the channel. Oh, and there weren’t that many channels from which to choose.

I remember when computers took up an entire room; phones had cords and rotary dials; you actually had to pick up the corded handset of that phone to TALK to someone if they weren’t in the same room as you; TV dinners (aka frozen meals) were cooked in a regular oven and took 25+ minutes to cook; cars didn’t have seat belts, power windows, power locks, etc; we had to use dictionaries and encyclopedias (the giant book kind) to do our homework, which we had to handwrite; and we had to actually pedal our bikes and toys… instead of them having motors to do all of the work (one of Rahn’s favorite things to complain about).

The sad part is that my folks are probably reading this and thinking how lucky I was to have a corded phone, TV dinners, a TV, etc.

What will my kids be saying to their kids 40 years from now? “When I was a kid, all we had were iPhones and iPads, we never even dreamed of having….”

What are the things you can’t live without these days that you couldn’t have even imagined having as a child? What do your kids obsess over that you wish had never been invented?



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