May 29, 2013
That’s what I have been tempted to scream on numerous occasions as I try to learn yet another unfamiliar piece of technology. Even computer jargon can cause me an inordinate amount of stress. For example, the other day I kept encountering the term "hashtag." I thought to myself, "Great. So what in the world is a hashtag?" After just a few seconds of searching Google, I found out that a hashtag is a keyword phrase spelled out and preceded by a # symbol and is used to tag groups of messages on Twitter.
And then it hit me, memories of a time before the Internet, home computers, and mobile devices started flooding my mind. For instance, the typewriter that had no delete button, (I used more than my share of Whiteout) or the televisions from years ago that were so heavy that they required several people to move them across a room. Does anybody wish we still had only AM Radio? I thoroughly enjoy my iPod that enables me to carry my favorite music with me anywhere I go. Goodbye annoying commercials! I appreciate the fact that a big screen color television is not only affordable but lightweight and easy to move. Long car rides are no longer boring for children and stressful for parents because the kids have their own portable DVD player to watch movies on. Because I can carry my cell phone anywhere I go, I can relax knowing that if I have any kind of trouble, I can call for help from the comfort of my car. OK, I admit it, #technologyrules!