Friday, April 8, 2011

Times Have Changed

In this story I’ll first take you back a few years to the 80’s and 90’s and bring you to the 2000’s.  You’ll understand what I mean by the end of the post.
I am a product of the 80’s so that’s all I can relate to, but I’ve heard stories from parents and grandparents of how things used to be.  For instance, the telephone, my grandparents didn’t have a telephone and when they finally got one it was one of those that you had to turn the handle on the side and be connected to an operator.  My parents had rotary dial phones (I remember those myself).  This brings me to the touch tone phone and the cell phone era.
I remember when there was no call waiting and all you heard was a busy signal.  You had to call over and over until you reached the person.  What about when the answering machine first came out?  Do you remember when call waiting first came out and you could finally talk as long as you want and not miss calls?  Oh here you go, how about *69? It was short lived but it still was a cool feature to have.  Then I remember when the cordless phone emerged and you didn’t need that 10 foot cord to go from room to room.
Ah yes, the cell phone.  My first cell phone was straight analog, all you could do was dial numbers and talk.  Nowadays you can practically deliver a baby with your cell phone (probably could with the face to face chat).  All of this brings me to the point of my story, one night at work I realized just how far we’ve come with technology and everything else.  I also remember how if you wanted to speak to someone, you had to ask what time they were going to be home so you could call them.  It used to be the first contact with someone after you exchange numbers is a phone call.  Nowadays it’s probably a text (I know I’m guilty of this).  But what I heard/saw this night took the first contact to another level.  This guy was speaking with this lady and instead of exchanging numbers they exchanged names?  But here’s why they did this, after the exchange occurred the guy said, “Facebook me.”  No longer is the first contact the phone or cellular device it’s evolving to social media!  Who would have ever thought people would be exchanging names instead of numbers?
Stay tuned on tomorrow for “What Happened?: We’re All Brothers
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