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Life In The 1950's Compared To Today

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Life today is very fast-paced. Everyone is in a hurry to get somewhere and will push you out of the way to get there, like it's some kind of race. In our personal lives, we have our cell phones, and maybe a home phone, scheduled play dates for our kids, microwaves, satellite TV, home security systems that don't involve dogs, solar landscape lighting, automatic underground sprinkler systems for our lawns, and compact fluorescent lights to replace the incandescent bulbs that waste energy. In the business world, you have meetings that you can attend by using a video phone, PowerPoint presentations to help you get your point across at the meetings you can't get out of, instant messaging to speak to clients and other businesses around the world, cell phones with computers built right into them to do everything simultaneously, navigational systems for the company cars to get you from point a to point b, and food replicators (just kidding). Items such as cell phones, computers, PDA's, mp3 players, the internet, cable television and satellites, make this fast pace possible; and that's only a few of the many hundreds of thousands of things that have been invented over the years to make life easier, and move us into the digital information age.Everything in today's life is instant, virtual, digital, satellite, cable, etc. You get my point, right? Anything that isn't instant, virtual or digital can still be purchased on EBay from anywhere on earth that will receive a signal. There's no turning back now. The only thing that will wipe it all out is a nuclear war, and personally, I think that North Korea is all talk, but that's another story. Technology is advancing at a pace faster than Haley's Comet. Every time I think I have the latest, greatest gadget on the planet, by the time I get it home, before it's even opened, something better is being put on the same shelf that my gadget came from. The digital age; break-neck pace at a reasonable price, instant gratification, even if it's obsolete as soon as you swipe your debit card. Thank you Bill Gates!I, too, am guilty of falling into the digital trap that propels me into this fast pace, although I do my best to slow down from time to time. My major is Computer Information Systems. I've developed many skills and abilities that revolve around technology. I use the internet on a daily basis, checking my e-mail, keeping track of my favorite sports teams, sending text messages, and doing research for school. I use a computer for school work, since there are very few assignments that require printing, I submit them digitally, with the exception of English, but still a computer is used for the work. I use a microwave to heat up leftovers. I watch TV that is broadcast via satellite. All of these technologies have made a big change in my life, and without them, I couldn't even begin to fathom what life would be like. That's where my parents come in.My parents were born in the early 1940's, and know first-hand what life...

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