Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Advancing Technology

Jake wanted (and received) a disposable camera for Christmas. He's now taken all of the pictures and it's ready for developing. He popped into the photography centre, only to return to the car quite disgusted. He went on to say, he'd take it elsewhere and that he wasn't going to put up with that.


Now, knowing there had to be more to the story, I tried to get to the bottom of it all. He was obviously disgusted and something must have gone on in the store, to make him so. I asked him to repeat what had happened. I listened as he repeated the conversation, but it just wasn't making sense to me. It all sounded very normal and polite to me.

Things like:

"She said it would take SEVEN to TEN days!!"

"They have to send it away"

"She said it will cost money"

As I mulled it over, trying to read between the lines and make sense of it all, it suddenly occurred to me.

This is the age of all things digital. We take pictures with the camera and transfer them to the computer. Instantly. We take pictures with the phone .... and transfer them to Facebook. Instantly. Jake has never had to send in a film for developing. Who ever heard of doing that?? Not Jake...and he was certain she was trying to pull a fast one on him. LOL.

I explained the process to him. At first, I wasn't sure if he was going to believe me. But he did, eventually.

This reminds me of the time he first saw my rotary phone (a decorative one). After studying it for a bit, he asked me "how do you get the number in there....say there is a 9 in the phone number...how would you put that into the phone?" When I showed him, he asked "how would you know 9 actually got put in and not some other number."

Hmm...I'm suddenly starting to feel very old!


Justme said...

LOL That's funny! I'm not sure why they sell those disposable camera's...no one wants to wait anymore! lol, poor Jake :(

dominique said...

LOL! Is that not true!

My daughter actually learned to tell time digitally in school. One day I asked her what time it was (we had the clock with hands on it) and she couldn't. I suddenly realized she had no idea how to do that.

I think technology is great but it does concern me a little that they are not learning the 'basics' if you will.

God forbid if we ever lose the ability to use the technology. Then what will the next generation do?

Great story!

Renee said...

Great post, Linda...and cute picture too. I watch my grandkids with their itouch...laptops, DSL's Ipads, etc. and think, does anyone know how to entertain themselves anymore..sigh...but then here I am on the laptop. There is alot of good in technology but yes I feel old old when it comes to all the changes~

Ben said...

Love this post... generational changes/differences are so interesting. Thanks for sharing!