Hi, my name is Prehistoric Girl. Ugg.
I was perfectly happy living without a cellphone until a couple years ago when I finally caved in. I was missing out on social activities since nobody could text me. It really worked out well for a period of time – if an emergency arose, I would just use someone else’s cell phone. It was a pretty big deal when I finally got one. Of course by that time, most of my friends had Smart Phones or fancy whatever phones. They congratulated me when I sent my first text on my (now Stone Age) phone. With lots of practice, I can text pretty quickly these days – even without a spiffy roll-out keyboard.
When others graduated from their old Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System to bigger, better and more complicated game consoles, I held onto mine with a fierceness you wouldn’t believe. Give me a playstation, N-64, Xbox or Wii and I won’t know what to do with it.
I have been without cable TV for years, and normal TV for nearly 2 years. I was only watching DVDs on my analog TV. Just bought my first digital TV recently, and was baffled with all the new terms I had to learn – HDTV, LCD/Plasma, HDMI Cables…it was getting ugly. Now I need to buy an antenna and dvd player (perhaps blu-ray?) which entails even more hair-pulling.
When I see people using their Kindles, it makes me die a little bit inside. I so love the feel of a book and real paper in my hands. I enjoy seeing shelves filled with all sizes and colors of books. It has an old-world feel to it. I find a sense of happiness and peace walking around in a bookstore – all that would be lost looking on a little screen and downloading stories – they wouldn’t smell like a fresh book smells. And curling up on the couch with my cat, a cup of tea and a little computer screen? No! No, I will not have that sort of rubbish. I need the cover, the spine, the artwork, the stiff paper between my fingers. Capiche?
I also enjoy writing real letters. I’ve maintained a relationship with my Swedish penpal for over 15 years. We’re facebook friends, but we never talk to each other on there. I admit there are advantages to technology – and I can’t complain about the enjoyment I get from making blog posts – but I still feel prehistoric in a lot of ways. It doesn’t help that I love eating meat (ugg! meat), or that I keep a pet woolly mammoth in my apartment’s basement.
I’m behind the times, but being dragged forward into the inevitable. It pains me to see couples eating a restaurants, ignoring each other and texting on their phones instead. Children at the dinner table unable to hold conversations…instead engrossed in their own little cellphone world. Accidents occurring on the road due to…yup. You get the picture.
There’s me again, Prehistoric Girl. And that’s how I feel sometimes about technological advancements. It’s a love-hate thing…medical technology good, yes. And some other things, even entertainment-oriented, are pretty badass. But in a sense – are we getting that bored that we have to have all these crazy high-tech things to keep us entertained? Take a deep breath. We live in a place where people are in a huge hurry, need convenience items and require high-tech gear to keep up with a supersonic-paced lifestyle. I think we’re missing out on richer, fuller lives – maybe we could learn a thing or two from Europeans.
If you need me I’ll be outside.