What little joys has technology caused you to forget?
Technology has given us so much in the last decade. We can access information in seconds, communicate across the miles with ease and book tickets or buy groceries without leaving the sofa.
That said, lots of things have fallen by the wayside to make room for our smart living and - as grim as it sounds - to make room for our addiction to being online. A recent study by British Airways and OnePoll.com found that:
- The average adult spends over four hours per day online
- A fifth of adults are never more than a few feet away from an internet-enabled device
- More than one in 10 admitted they would feel lost if they were unable to go online
- 26 per cent would feel completely cut off if they were unable to go online
Rather than tossing up the pros and cons of being connected, this is a good chance to rediscover our enjoyment for things we no longer do, or at least relish in the nostalgia of them. I recently ordered a ready-prepared bouquet for an arthritic relative over the internet, and it made me realise how much I love the chance to prune, prep and position fresh flowers in a vase (even though I'm no professional flower arranger).
Take a few minutes to think about the things you used to love but now don't bother with.
(the below list, taken from the survey, will get you started)
14. Going into the travel agents to research a holiday
15. Buying disposable cameras
16. Turning to a hard copy of the Yellow Pages
17. Playing traditional board games or cards
18. Owning an encyclopedia
19. Dialing directory enquiries
20. Visiting car boot sales to sell old stuff
21. Remembering phone numbers off by heart
22. Hand-writing essays or school work
23. Ringing the speaking clock
24. Trying on pairs of shoes on the high street
25. Dialing 1471 to see who called while you were out
1. Making mixtapes of songs we love
2. Putting photographs into albums
3. Recording films or TV shows using VHS tapes
4. Having printed photos in frames around the house
5. The excitement of waiting for photographs to be developed
6. Handwritten letters
7. Sending love letters
8. Sending postcards
9. Having pen friends
10. Buying CDs or having a CD collection
11. Using public telephones
12. Using a telephone directory
13. Carrying a portable CD player (I adored my cassette player!)
What's on your list? What might you start doing again?
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