Hey folks. Josiah here. Welp, we just finished up a long run of shows that took place mostly in Texas, and finished up here in good ol’ NC. There were a lot of good times had, including a trip to Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, beating the heat at Hurricane Harbor in Arlington, watching dumb horror movies, savoring all the A/C we could find, and eating awesome food. Thanks to our excellent friends in Irving who accommodated us with lodging for several nights!
So now I am home again. The other day I was thinking about technology and how our generation relates to it, and I came to the conclusion that our generation will probably have an easier time relating to younger generations as we get older. Think about your grandparents. If they are over 65, they more than likely are very limited in their grasp on computers, cell phones, video games, and the Internet. They spent most of their life in a world where color TV was the bee’s knees. The “fun” and “cool” appeal of technology didn’t matter to them once cell phones and the Internet came around – they had little reason to latch on and educate themselves on these newfangled contraptions, for they have gotten along just fine without them for decades. You, on the other hand, probably look at screens for several hours a day. Whether it be a computer, a TV, a cell phone, or an iPad (had to say it since it doesn’t really fall into a category), you are closely connected to and well-versed in using these technology standards.
This familiarity with current technology is what will give us a greater edge in the future when more advanced technologies emerge. We have become accustomed to receiving new technologies on a frequent basis, whether it be seeing a movie in 3D, streaming Netflix to your phone, or hearing Steve Jobs announce the iPod Mind (I assume this will exist not long from now – you will get it installed into your cerebrum, and all you have to do is think of a song and the iPod will trigger electrodes in your mind to make you perceive that you are hearing that song – no earbuds required!) This instinct to adapt quickly and be “in the know” will carry on as we age, so that even in our 50s and beyond, we will be masters of the smart phone, the bluetooth, motion sensor gaming, autopilot cars, 3D television, and whatever else may (and will certainly) come around. And this is what will make us awesome grandparents. Or will it? Sure, our grandkids may think we are cool and savvy, but will we rely solely on technology and cool gadgets to find common ground with our grandkids, when in the past we might have taken them fishing or played baseball with them or drawn pictures with them (i.e. experiences that are more memorable)?
I plan on staying up to date on technology for as long as my brain and body are capable, but I like to think I will keep technology’s role in my life at a moderate level, because despite how awesome the next high-tech gadget might be, there’s something to be said for going outside and having fun apart from electricity. Just ask the Amish*.
*You’ll have to write them a letter, though.
Have a great week!
Three Songs to Buy on iTunes This Week:
1. “There’s A Cloud In My Brain” by Jonas Bjerre
2. “Favorite Cities” by Azure Ray
3. “155” by +44