“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny!” This quote from Dr. Seuss children’s book The Cat in the Hat represents the times where even if we were not able to play outside, we would use our imagination to come up with fun activities to do.
In my generation, reading was a common pastime, even at younger ages. Books took us to places we could explore utilizing our creativity. Getting lost in stories, from the Beverly Cleary series to Goosebumps, was an enjoyable activity.
Fast-forward to now; Nooks have replaced books, television is watched for hours aimlessly, and the Internet is more than just a source of checking your email. More importantly, smartphones have combined the needs of many tools into one device that can fit in our palm. We literally have the world at our fingertips. How many of us would be able to survive long without our phones? They function as alarms, calendars, to do and shopping lists, cameras, and many other things outside of only social connections.
In the morning, the majority of us will reach for our phones and check for any texts or social media updates before we even pick up a toothbrush. Has technology taken over to the extent there is no turning back? No matter how hard we may try, there is no escaping technology.
I can not tell you the last time I read a newspaper to discover current events. My twitter account is my source of news. From the Empire State building shooting to Neil Armstrong’s death, if it weren’t for my social media account, I doubt I would even know about these occurrences.
Technology provides fast and convenient information. It may not always be completely accurate, but as humans, we are naturally impatient. Technology provides immediate access to the world. As the sources of technology increase, I can only imagine what daily life will consist of in the next five years. Libraries and bookstores may no longer be of use, just as movie-renting stores have ceased to exist due to technology delivering it instantly to our computers or televisions. It will be interesting to witness how much will be altered in a short time frame. Technology is growing fast. I just hope I can keep up.