I used to roll my eyes when Grandma would start a sentence with "Well, back in My day..." Admit it, you did too. But now that I'm getting a bit older it's kind of fun to reflect on the things that have changed in the last thirty or so years and see if you like the old or the new better.
For example, when I was in high school, we had electric typewriters. My mom insisted I take a typing class. "WHY?" I asked. "I'm going to college, I'm not going to be a secretary!" Then a few short years later, I was in an underwriting position at an insurance brokerage firm and the insurance company on the floor below us in a MAJOR high rise building decided to experiment with computerized policy issuance. I was the one that got the computer, and I was very glad I'd taken that typing class. (By the way, the cords from my computer were actually run THROUGH THE FLOOR of the 37th floor down to the insurance company on the 36th floor! No "wireless" in 1981) Now computers are the norm. Everybody needs to know how to type. Still, despite the obvious benefits of computers, there was something very satisfying about placing that crisp white paper into the typewriter - more so than Open-New-Blank Document-Enter. It's just not the same.
Then we have the Kindle. Books on demand. Anything you want at the touch of a screen. But I LIKE the feel and smell of new books. I like the feel of old books. I like walking through the stacks at the library or the book store. I like searching out my favorite authors. I like going to book signings. A Kindle seems very impersonal - like shopping on line. I want a personal relationship with my books.
Now we get to the GPS. For those who never learned to actually read a map, a GPS is a wonderful thing. I thought it was a wonderful thing, too, until I got 3/4 of the way to Hilton Head Island and my GPS died. There I was in the middle of some small town (yeah, I didn't take the main highways) with no map and no idea how to get from point A to point B. Moral of the story - there's a lot to be said for a good old-fashioned paper map!
Oh, then the cellular phone. I love my phone. I still have a home phone, but that's because my husband refuses to use a cell phone. I still remember the first one I got - it made calls and accepted calls. Now they have cameras, camcorders, calculators, voice recognition and a zillion "apps". I am still trying to figure out why anyone needs to play games on their cell phone or buy an app for learning to line dance. But I still love making and receiving calls.
To be sure there have been some excellent breakthroughs in technology - things that make our life easier and more comfortable. But some things that have evolved over the last 30 years probably won't last - they are just fads - like the thong. As for me, I'll take the granny panties.