I cannot remember what I was doing the other day, some simple, mundane, task we take for granted, when it suddenly dawned on me we, as a species, have become very lazy.
Many of our technological advancements are great; T.V. remote controls were needed as Cable T.V. presented us with more channels than a dial could be turned for, cell phones allowed us to make calls on the move, and everything you see on those late night infomercials eases our lives in one way or another. However, there are just as many which have handicapped us in some ways.
How many telephone numbers can you remember off the top of your head? Growing up I could remember all of my friend’s and family-member’s numbers along with my own home number. Now we have our contact lists in our cells with everyone available at the touch of a button. I do like how accessible cell phones have become–being able to call for help where ever you are, the ability to be contacted at any time, however, we have placed to much dependence on them, just as we have with computers. Speaking of telephones, growing up I could make a phone call if the power went out, how many homes can do that currently?
Another example, music. I am not talking about genre or awards, I am talking how music is presented or acquired by us now. In my youth there were cassette tapes, my parents had albums and 8-tracks. As I became a teen, CDs were first introduced and that seemed to be the format that was going to stick with us–however, none of us could imagine the internet as it is use today. Obtaining a massive music collection is no longer the chore it once was, a few downloads, trading with friends and boom, you are your own DJ. It’s great, all the music I love on my computer or in an mp3 player I can carry in one hand, playing the songs I want when I want… absolutely amazing.
Final example: recording television. I gotta laugh at this one for a few reasons. Growing up, if you missed a tv show, you were pretty much screwed, repeats where not shown as often as they are now and by the time they were, you couldn’t make sense of the story-line. Then VCRs came along, and if you were clever enough you could record one program and watch another: wooo-doggy! Of course, my father being the tech-savvy person he was, we had two VCRs setup, which could both record different things while we watched a third. Now, that ability was lost when DVDs first came out, at least on a DVD player until Tivo and DVR came along, which were great things. Now, we can stream episodes, download them, binge on Netflix… it is all there nice and ready for us.
So, we got all this stuff right at our fingertips, we never have to get out of the chair to change, switch or adjust anything. When we want a song, tv show or phone number, boom there it is. E-mail has caused problems for the USPS and yet we are not bothered as it is all about our convenience. Making things easier is nice and all, but I have one question… What are you gonna do when the power goes out?