Once, I was at a store quite a distance from my house, when my phone died. I panicked at the thought of driving all that distance home with no phone. I mean, what if something happens? So I went next door and bought myself a car charger for my cell phone.
When I got home, I couldn't help but laugh at myself. I mean, it was a mere few years ago that people didn't have cell phones at all. Now, the thought of a twenty minute drive without a cell phone is enough to send me into a state of panic.
And I laugh even more as I look to the future. How many more years will it be before people will panic at the thought of driving anywhere without a GPS device?
All that got me thinking. Is technology really so good? We have come to rely on it to an extent that we can't even bear the thought of attempting to function the way we did a few short years ago.
So as our brains are slowly replaced by artificial stupidity, I can't help pondering. How did I survive the days before cell phones? Texting? Remember the days when you had to develop a whole roll of film just to see your pictures? Remember the days when looking up a phone number meant opening a phone book, not clicking onto the white pages online directory? Remember the days when communicating with someone meant talking to someone on the phone, not IMing, texting or emailing?
And yet I like it better this way. So while I feel my brain slowly fizzling away and making it's way to the Great Circuit Breaker in the sky, I am cool with that. I like technology. I like it that when insomnia hits at 4 am I don't have to get out of bed to type up my random thoughts. I like it that I don't print out (develop LOL) every last picture I take, putting myself at further risk for blackmail.
For now, I'll leave Grandma and Grandpa behind to tsk tsk at what the world had come to. I like progress. I like change. I like brain-numbing technology.