My technological journey
A few years ago I owned a mobile phone - a bit like the one in the picture above, I used it to make phone calls and that was about it. I was pretty content with this as I can remember when we never had mobile phones at all. Then appearing on the market was a new phone called the "smart phone". Wow, this one could do almost everything but wash the dishes. With my phone contract expired I moved to the latest smart phone.
I could make phone calls, I could surf the net, play games, take photos, read books - it was amazing. I wondered how I ever coped with a phone that couldn't do all these things. What did I do whilst waiting in a queue, now I can read a book or play a game to fill in the time. Maybe I spoke to the person next to me, I can't remember.
I use to have shelves full of music CDs and when I wanted to listen to music in the car I would select a couple of CDs and take them with me. But then a new devise was invented, this was another wow moment.
Suddenly I have 10,000 tracks of music at my finger tips. How did I manage with just a few CDs in the car when now I have more than 1,000 CD's to select from. And that pile of CDs taking up space on my shelves - they are gone - everything is stored digitally. I no longer buy CDs from a store, I buy them online and download.
I have a computer, I am using it right now. It works really well, however I do need to sit at a table in my home to use it. Before last year I didn't know I needed a Tablet, I was content with my desk top computer, this year I wonder how I coped without one. Now I can use the internet anywhere I want, I can read books, play games, listen to music, write blogs - the list is endless. I can lie on the couch and do all these things. I couldn't do that in 2009 but I can now. I didn't miss it then, but couldn't live without it now.
At the end of this week, the iPhone 4S is being released. Once again my phone contract has expired. I could select an "old fashion" phone that just makes phone calls, but I couldn't - I have pre-ordered my iPhone 4S - now that I have a smart phone, I don't think I could go back to a phone that wasn't quite as smart.
I am not alone in this, I am sure when the first record player was released or the first car or the first type writer, people felt the same. Inventions are exciting.
PS I hope I am just excited about change when I am an old lady as I am now.