Keeping up with technology
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I find it difficult to keep up with all the new technology. I want to update with one piece of technology that covers all—texting, apps, things I don’t even know about—by the time I figure out what the piece of technology is, it will be out of date.
It wasn’t all that long ago that the cell phones came about. They were big and klutzy and only a few people had them. And remember when it was said no one would want to have a computer in their homes?
Then each year they came out with something new, something smaller in phones and computers. But then the screens were so small on the cell phones if you have bad eyesight it was hard to read. Finally, bigger screens arrived and I loved it. But then texting arrived and I wasn’t ready for that—trying to type a message on the numbers turned into something like hI. HowARyoS. I couldn’t figure out where the space was!
Now we have keyboards that I haven’t adjusted to, and I still don’t do texting. I’m told I’m way behind. My latest cell phone has a keyboard, but I have to pay extra to use it. And if I want to get my email on my cell, I have to pay extra. Shop for ring tones? Extra. Online locker? What the heck is that anyway? I can’t get it since I don’t have internet on my phone.
Then there’s something called YPMobile. Huh? And Mobile video? With each of these is a bunch of other stuff that I haven’t figured out yet. I keep thinking I’m keeping up with the times until one of my children show me their IPads, Smart Phones, and they even twitter. Twitter? I can barely keep up with my email, blogs, FB, My Space, and my writing. One of my daughter’s has a Smart Phone. They actually have lessons on how to use it.
Of course there is Skype. At least I know how to use that. One problem. A lot of friends and family haven’t caught on to Skype. Finally something I know how to use and I end up on Facebook because the others don’t have it or like one of my cousins, she never could figure it out.
Remember the days we left the house without a phone? How did we survive? What happened if we were stranded on the highway with no way to contact anyone? What if we had a flat tire and couldn’t call AAA? And if we forgot our list for the groceries, there would be no way to call home and ask what was on that list.
Email is another thing we didn’t have. I love email. I’m addicted to email. I stay in contact with friends and family and I don’t have to write a letter by longhand or type it and actually put it into the mailbox where it took many days to get to them if they lived in another state. Now it’s OMG! You did what today? You need to blog that, it’s so funny.
Blogging is another thing I have a hard time keeping up with. But as a writer we have to communicate in every way we can. I’m trying to keep up with. But I wonder who will read my blogs. Will they find it boring? Will they really enjoy the tales of my grandkids on my personal blog? Will I convince them they will love a novel I posted a chapter or two about?
I have to admit, I love all the new technology, but I find it hard to keep up with and too expensive to get into it all.