When I was growing up we had a color console television in our living room. And it had a remote control (don't be a hater!) because it was too much trouble to get up off the couch to change the channel to one of the other 3 channels when your program was over. Yes, 4 channels total. ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS.
And we were fine with it. As a matter of fact there was lots of time when the TV wasn't even turned on.
Our family had 2 telephones in the house, in the kitchen and my parents bedroom. They were connected to the wall and the handset was connected by a short curly cord. So if you wanted to have a private conversation you had to use the one in the kitchen and stretch the curly cord so you could sit under the breakfast table because everyone knows that under the breakfast table is the fortress of solitude!
Back then, when we wanted to know what our friends and/or family's status was, we would call them, ride our bike over to their house and knock on the door or, if they lived out of town, we would write them a letter.
If our family was going on vacation, we would use a map to find our route. And sometimes ask the guy at the gas station for directions while he filled the tank with 49 cent/gallon gas, checked the air pressure in the tires and washed the windshield.
Doing a school research paper required either a trip to the local library or, if you were lucky, searching your parents encyclopedias for the material.
Comparing that time to this one makes that time look so simple and easy. So slow and laid back.
We thought Dick Tracy's watch phone and Maxwell Smart's shoe phone were so cool! And then there was the Jetson's! What a wonderful futuristic world they lived in! Wouldn't it be cool if some of that stuff was real!
Today we are loaded with technology. We are almost living like the Jetsons! (if I could only get one of those space car things!) It's fantastic.
There are interactive TV's and 3-D TV's. Everyone has a computer and cell phone. We are totally plugged in and have so much information at our fingertips. We are virtually connected with almost everyone on the planet in some way.
I must admit that I love my phone. (Dick Tracy would be so jealous!) It is a wonder gadget. A computer in the palm of my hand. I can surf the internet, take a picture, keep up with my friends, manage my time,
Being so connected to everyone/everything is sometimes a little over-whelming.
As much as I love my high-tech life and the convenience of all the ever evolving technology, I also love unplugging from it all sometimes. Turning off the phone so I can't hear the beeps and chimes that signal a new email or status update and putting my computer away for an evening or even a weekend, just to center myself and enjoy the moments without any interruption.
It's a good thing for me. It reminds me what's important.
And I really don't miss much, it actually makes plugging back in fun!
Do you ever un-plug? Tell us about it!
Show us your favorite-can't live without it-gadget!
Since this month's In Focus theme is Attraction to Abstraction, your homework is to take a picture of your favorite gadget in a different way. Try to capture what is abstract about it! Catch it off guard! Try a new angle! Find a part of it that looks abstract and capture that! Process your image in a new and fun abstract way!
Share your homework in the flickr gallery and tag it ATA to be considered for the In Focus spotlight!
When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers