Someday I’ll tell my grandchildren how it was once possible to call in sick for work just so you could spend the day at the beach…and never worry the lie would be uncovered by a picture message, Twitter post or video clip on YouTube. In fairness, I’ll probably also feel compelled to explain that we had to go to the library to do research, wait for the mail to get important documents and have photos processed before we could view them.
Technology gives, but it can also take away. Or maybe that’s just a function of how we use it. We get a new technology, so we throw out the old way.
Sometimes I wish technology was a supplement rather than a substitute. And if it were, here’s what I’d try to bring back:
- Maps-GPS is convenient, but it doesn’t give you the same connection with geography or distance that you get from a map.
- A Rolodex-There are multiple advantages to a Rolodex, including the fact that it’s just fun to say. Long before Outlook or Plaxio, phone numbers were filed in a Rolodex-a rotating wheel of index cards that offered endless amusement while you waited on hold (unable to move, since the phone was attached to a cord that tethered you to your desk).
- Conversation-No matter how many friends you have a Facebook or LinkedIn, no matter how many text messages or emails you get each day, nothing can compare to a one-on-one conversation.