Of all the technologies that have gone extinct in your lifetime, which one do you miss the most?
Kind of a strangely stated questions. Let me answer it backwards. With all of today’s technological gadgets, I find it irritating that people are doing more and more alone. They listen to music with buds in their ears, whereas we used to put LPs on a turntable and listen to and chat about music together in a group. It was exciting when somebody in high school or college had the money to buy a new album and shared it with the rest of our group.
Radio used to be a big deal, too. People were faithful to a station that played favorite playlists or had the best DJ’s. As a teenager, I remember driving around waiting for our favorite songs to come on the radio — then turning up the volume. Now people have apps that play their favorite tunes and listen through their earphones, alone again, out of touch with the world around them.
Perhaps my biggest technological dislike is video games, in particular the violent ones, like Mortal Kombat. It’s another activity kids (and adult kids) do alone — they can spend hours and hours playing! Even less objectionable games seem to be very addictive, and I don’t like to see children so engrossed in a virtual reality rather than the real world.
When I was a kid I loved playing games, and two or more of us would play for hours — Monopoly was a favorite, but we also played Parcheesi, Scrabble, Chinese Checkers, and others. My grandparents were great at teaching me card games, and whenever I stayed with them, we played every day. I make it a point to play games with my grandchildren when we’re together. It’s such a great way to exchange banter, learn how to win and lose, play by the rules, exercise patience, and with some games, develop strategy skills. It’s fun to play and laugh together, and be on a level playing field with kids and grandkids. It’s also a pleasure when they win, and it gives them a big boost to best their elders! It’s the personal interaction that makes game playing valuable.