Ten years from now, my kids will be teenagers and I do wonder what kind of future awaits them in terms of technology and the opportunities to succeed in this world. Today’s gizmos will surely be obsolete, video calls will be the standard means of communication, and Man will have lived on the moon or landed on another planet.
I am raising this matter because Jmom from our Google group forwarded this email about the perks of growing in today’s technologically-advanced world. It is aptly titled “Letter to the Younger Generation.” Do you remembering growing up in the 80’s when…….?
“ We didn’t have The Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!
There was no e-mail! We had to actually write somebody a letter.. with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get (to the intended recipient)!
There were no MP3’s or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to
hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!
No Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal, that’s it! They might never call again! And we didn’t have fancy Caller ID Boxes either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was!
No fancy Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like “Space Invaders” and Asteroids” and the graphics were terrible!
No cable TV! If there was, it was only something like 15 channels and there was no onscreen menu and no remote control! You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on!
And we didn’t have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up . We had to use the stove!… ”
If I may add, there were no digicams, only manual cameras where we had to finish all 36 shots before taking the film to the developer. And the pictures would always come bulky in our photo albums.
Oh yeah, I also remember the 80s when Betamax was the cutting edge in video technology; Madonna, Prince, A-ha, the Go’Gos and the Police reigned in the airwaves. I remember dancing to “Boys Do Fall in Love” in the JS Prom and reading Hardy Boys/ Nancy Drew mysteries in the library. Sharon Cuneta was then Concert Queen and Martin Nievera was happily smooching Pops on national TV via Penthouse Live. My sisters wore thick shoulder pads on their blouses and it was fashionable to make your hair upright and stiff with lotsa Aquanet. We can only shudder at what we wore then but it surely brings a smile on our faces to remember those days!
Back to reality: some say that today’s youth are so engrossed with the boob tube and computer games that they wouldn’t know anymore how to compose decent sentences or appreciate the arts. I can only say that there’s something unique and noteworthy about every generation. My kids may not be writing their diaries on the finest paper but I still hope that they will take after their parent’s discernment and still appreciate great literature. I still hope that they are imbued with my resilience, independence and emotional strength. Parents like me will stop worrying once we accept our children’s latent abilities to shape the future they want to build for themselves.