DO YOU REMEMBER?

WHAT TECHNOLOGY DO I MISS? I DON’T MISS TECHNOLOGY. I MISS CIVILIZATION.

Telephones on which both you and the party to whom you were speaking could hear each other.

Sound tracks on movies where dialogue was louder than background music.

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Silence when you were out and not near a phone. Being out of touch was wonderful — the whole point of vacation.

People walking on the street without things stuck in their ears, paying attention to where they were walking. Saying “hi” and smiling when they passed by.

Conversations which were not constantly interrupted by tweets, dings, beeps, and ringing.

Good manners. “Please” and “thank you” being part of normal human intercourse.

The customer always being right. I’d settle for the customer occasionally being treated with respect.

Complete sentences with words spelled correctly and including punctuation.

Full-service gas stations where they cleaned your windshield.

85 thoughts on “DO YOU REMEMBER?

  1. We still have service station guys/gals who wash our windscreens. But I agree. There is nothing worse than having a conversation with a teenager when their attention is on their phone and not you. That is just bad manners.

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  2. Well, at least nobody here is defending the current cell phone/Facetwit culture as natural, perfectly acceptable social evolution as I’ve seen done far too many times on technology sites trying to sell iCrap and virtual garbage. This is the new way we will interact with our fellow humans! Verbal communication is so 20th century. Who wants friends from their neighborhood or even their family when they can social medialize with someone from a country whose name they can’t even pronounce? Fun fact… the band Devo’s name is short for “Devolution”, the concept that we are evolving backwards rather than forwards. Those lads were ahead of their time…

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    • I’m hoping it’s a stage. I’ve been watching my granddaughter for clues and she seems to be emerging from the Twilight Zone of nonstop cellular (I hesitate to call it communication). I’m counting on the enchantment lessening as people get bored with the toys. If they don’t get bored, well, maybe this is how the world ends. Not with a bang, but a Twitter.

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  3. Heck, I’m so old I can remember my grandparents having a party line, using a dial phone with a number that started with Ashley, the excitement over purchasing a recorder, and the first bag phone we bought our daughter when she started driving alone. I think the younger crowd is much more interested in their on-line life with ‘friends’ they’ve never met than living their life with their family and friends that they do know. Sad state of affairs from my point of view but I’m a dinosaur enjoying my life in the moment. The subject of customer service or lack of it could be a whole other post. 🙂

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  4. I don’t like the world we’re in and I want out. My dream just went poof and now I’m dealing with another whack job landlord insisting on keeping the central air set at 80 with no fan cycle. I wake up in a pool of sweat when I can even get to sleep at all. We’re headed for 100 again today. I have a headache from the heat.

    Now the new cause has arisen for polygamy. They figure if it’s ok to marry same sex partners why not have more than one. Left turn Clyde, let me off this Sodom & Gomorrah planet.

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    • I’m sorry your yurt isn’t working out. I don’t know about where you live, but I know around here there is quite a bit of senior affordable housing that is very nice. Inexpensive (income-based) and located in really lovely areas, often along the river and on quiet streets in town. I know many people who live in these places and they like them very much. I wish we were eligible. Maybe you should check it out. Every community offers something and you are surely eligible for any of it. There’s usually a waiting list, but sometimes not very long. Worth a shot, anyway.

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  5. As we all sit in the living room tweeting and snap chatting with our friends, we are all exiles on the divan. No communal, family activities as we are all too busy exchanging meaningless messages with others not in the room.

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    • It’s why we don’t spend a lot of time with “the kids” anymore. It’s no fun for us. And it isn’t personal. That’s how they behave when they are in groups of their own age. Each of them on their own device. Seems pretty lonely to me.

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      • I came home one night and my daughter and her friends were watching a movie, and all of them were on their phones. I wouldn’t even call that socializing.
        Activity and being busy texting is their substitute for conversation and personal interaction.

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        • You Tube doesnt help. I see people watching a concert, or an event, not up on the stage but through their phones…recording it for later use. 95% of the hands in the air have cellphones or whatever they use to record, so they can rush home and put it on YouTube…

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          • It’s more important to say you were there, than to actually “be there.” I did a fair amount of that when the kids were rowing up w/ the camcorder.
            My daughter recently graduated from college and besides a few shots before the ceremony, I let the pros get her picture receiving her diploma. And I got to see it with my own eyes! So much more rewarding.

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          • That’s one of my big no-nos. I simply won’t do it. Not only because it’s intrusive and obnoxious, but because the artists make much of their income selling concert CDs. And they are not the only ones. It’s just wrong. A couple of souvenir pictures, fine, but recording the concert? Not okay.

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  6. In the lunchroom … on the bus … every damn place – people have got one of those gadgets. I’m watching a hockey game and many ‘fans (?) in the stands are fiddling with some device instead of watching the game. Unbelievable. It’s an addiction. And I’d hate to have kids because I don’t know how i’d handle this. I know one thing – the family meal would be a ‘no gadget zone’.

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  7. Definitely missed the times where we had no cell phones. I like the safety of my iPhone when I’m away from home, driving alone, knowing I can get help if needed, while it was more challenging before. But I hate the fact that most people are on their phones 24/7. Sometimes in a restaurant or any public place I’m the only one who is not checking my phone. Maybe I should to catch up with the blogs I like! But on the other hand I like to be where I am at that moment and don’t want to be somewhere else with other people who are not with me. See what I mean?

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    • I agree. If you are never “in the moment,” you aren’t living your life. Being with people who can’t seem to disconnect — ever — is like being the only human in a pack of zombies. No fun at all. I like the safety of having an emergency phone on the road too, but that’s what it is for. Emergencies.

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  8. I don’t mind the new telephone attachments, but then I am 68 years old, going on 69 years and I like to be on the electronic wave length. I now even take my Kindle with me when going somewhere. On the other hand it nerves me in a public transport to be confronted with the younger generation talking to their friends on the phone, seeing them with facetime, it nerves me. and the rubbish they are talking… you cannot help listening. Another annoyance is not being able to talk to someone because they have a pod (or whatever) in their ear listening to some sort of music. I love music, but today I rarely listen probably because everone else is listening.

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    • I think it would be healthy if people would occasionally DISCONNECT and be “in the moment.” Some of these folks are actually missing their lives. Completely missing them. They are too busy on the phone to notice the world. And yes, they do talk loudly and they should really shut up.

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  9. There’s a line between comfort and appropriate, and not everyone understands that. The rules have disappeared.

    As to the slut look, I can only think of one time it would be appropriate, and thats on the street corner. I can’t imagine, frankly, parents allowing girls out of the house dressed like that…then again, if both parents have left for work, they may never see what the kid is wearing when she leaves the house…

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  10. I just finished my post and already feel like a dinosaur. Now I read yours and it’s not helping either. 🙂 Not being available at all times, I miss it too. Nothing was ever that important, people had to call later and try again when they couldn’t reach me. It wasn’t that dramatic.

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  11. Loved this and would particularly like to return to the days where going away on holidays meant silence and no phones. That you could actually switch off. I walk my dogs along the beach and see so many people rush past in their own worlds with headphones on while there is a great community of dog walkers there who at least say hello. The loss of community is another modern thing for many but it’s something I actively seek and try to fertilize. xx Rowena

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    • There was a fascinating ad last year, about family togetherness. It showed the entire family in the Family Room–Dad was watching TV, mother was on her cell phone, one of the kids was playing a game on his tablet, and the other one was huddled over a computer. Yep. Thats togetherness. What ever happened to SCRABBLE…

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      • We do play a bit of Scrabble. Actually, I have logged onto my computer to look up the rules to play 500 with the kids. Card games have also gone by the by. We are currently watching Masterchef and The Voice with the kids. We pretty much have a family dinner at the table every night and we’re all involved in Church and Scouts, although I end up staying home a bit due to my health. That said, I spend a fair bit of time on the computer on my blog and the kids and my husband love their games. It’s challenging at the moment as we’re on school holidays and I have a nasty cold but am hoping the kids love 500 and then they can play it with their friends.

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    • what amuses and appalls me at the same time is watching a bunch of kids, heads down, all texting as they walk. And then when two or three of them laugh at the same time I realize they’re texting each other. we’re not only forgetting how to verbally communicate, we are forgetting how to converse, as well. Or spell. Or form full sentences, one with all the words spelled out =).

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      • They do the same thing when they are sitting next to each other on the sofa. They text. They don’t remember how to talk to each other. Interesting marriages they’ll have … and how are they going to raise babies? Will they have to come out of the womb knowing how to text so they can communicate with their parents? Born with little cell phones in their tiny fists?

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      • So true. It’s no wonder teenagers are renowned or grunting, although that tends to be the boys and they’re probably more likely to be hooked to the games side of thing than texting although what would I know? I am really starting to feel like I’m well and truly from “the olden days”.

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  12. It seems that no one has the slightest idea what they look like in public. I see overweight girls in sweat pants that show off way too much of way too much thong when they sit, I see kids in blouses cut down to there and up to here and then they come down HARD on those heels, bounce bounce bounce.. lol
    They dont know how to walk, how to stand, how to move. I watched an extremely well dressed woman of maybe thirty marching across the mall one day, expensive shoes, hair, suede pant suit–only the pants were too short, the shoes didnt look right, she had no idea how to navigate in them, and she walked like John Wayne on drugs.

    I admire the unselfconscious attitude, but still…

    I wonder how anyone of them will ever get a job with a tongue stud and nose ring and purple hair. WhatEVER…

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      • Had to educate my son about what a boofhead is and that the mop on top of his head was starting to look like a boof. Educated him on the difference between being different and being odd and happened to mention Michael Jackson. Don’t know whether I made an impression but he was dressed much better this morning.

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        • My husband took our grandson shopping a few times … and suddenly, he lost the droopy pants, discovered clothing that fit properly and colors that didn’t make your eyeballs hurt. It was a complete — and permanent — transformation. Sometimes, the magic works.

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    • As a guy (admittedly a tad long in his teeth), I still don’t get the “slut” look. Doesn’t do anything for me.

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  13. And when someone made a phone call they went in the other room to make it, and to talk. And they said, “excuse me”.
    Girls wore clothing that didnt make you a) fear for their sudden movements and/or b) made you want to throw a blanket over them

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      • The world has passed us by. In a way, im not sorry. You and I both remember when one did not wear blue jeans at ALL, and then never downtown, always a dress or skirt on Sundays, no slacks in class (I got called on that one a few times), heels were mandatory for social functions. As was accessorizing.
        It was, to be fair, a tightly controlled and monitored life, clothes for this but not for that, the right hat, (and you wore a hat), gloves, purse, shoes…behavior, attitude. I dont miss it, I just wish it wasnt quite as dramatic a change as it is.
        Something tells me the pendulum has swung, and it will begin to swing back. That or fall off the clock.

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        • I don’t mind losing the gloves and the hat — OR the heels. But I do mind the bad taste, the complete loss of judgement. I’ve seen kids — AND their parents — in church Easter Sunday in cutoffs and flip-flops. Weddings, too. I know the world has gotten more casual, but surely there are some occasions that call for nicer dress … and not dressing like a hooker. Or a drug dealer.

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