Foreign Concepts

What a strange time to grow up. While change is obviously the one constant in life, the pace of technological innovation over the past few decades has been wild to watch. Here’s a short list of things that were fairly common not too long ago, but would be generally baffling to my teenage sons:

  • Sitting down at a specific place to “go on” the Internet

  • Waiting to get photos developed before seeing how they turned out

  • Listening for a dial tone

  • Needing to be together physically in order to trash talk and play video games with friends

  • Buying “box sets” to catch up on a TV series

  • Wondering what a classmate that moved away is up to nowadays

  • Owning a music collection

  • Getting driving directions ready prior to starting a trip

  • Sharing a file with someone on a disk or CD

  • Having the correct answer to a pop culture argument remain unsettled