Do you remember those days when you had to mail letters, use wall phones or wait for the Internet to “dial up”?
Personally, there are times when I forget.
As we move forward in time, technology seems to get more and more complicated and all-consuming.
Everywhere we go, we are surrounded by technology.
Phones and computers have become necessary to our daily routines. Although this has made life easier, and more convenient, it seems that our culture is getting lost in a sea of electronic waste.
In the new NBC show “Revolution,” the world is hit by a blackout that takes out every kind of electrical power in the world.
Things like phones, cars and batteries don’t work.
The loss of power to the world sends everyone into a panic and chaos in which governments fall and cities become unsafe. While this is just a science fiction show, it still makes you wonder, “What if this were to happen today?”
We keep everything on our phones and computers.
The Internet has become everyone’s personal filing cabinet for music, photos and memories.
Even places like Facebook leave us with a fake sense of security that we have our pictures all saved.
This makes me want to ask, how many tangible pictures do you have?
Are they framed, are they kept safe and dry?
Not having these now could lead to not having them in the future.
We also depend on communication through technology.
Back in the day, people had to send letters, and it could take months for it to reach its final destination, because of this, historians still have some of those letters today.
What does that say about the durability of the old way?
If an email is sent today, you may be able to hold on to it for a while, but who’s to say it won’t get deleted?
In an instant, it can be gone forever.
Although I’m not trying to say that we are going to lose all power indefinitely, I am saying to take time to make things a little more personal. As a college student, I never thought I’d be so happy to receive a letter from someone.
These old ways are now novelties, and when someone takes the extra step to do them, people notice.
So the next time you decide to send a text, make a phone call instead.
Or if you’re posting last weekend’s pictures to Facebook, print them out and hang them up.
You’ll never realize how much you had until it’s gone.
Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.