Oh, Technology…

I think today’s Daily Prompt is really interesting. Most technologies that have become obsolete have been replaced with something that’s supposed to be better/smaller/faster/easier to use. Typewriters have become computers and laptops. Music cassettes have becomes CDs, and I don’t even think CDs are as big as they used to be now that music is so downloadable. Video tapes have become DVDs. Those are the ones that spring to mind for me, although I know there’s a lot more! I can’t say that any technology that’s gone extinct over the past 20 or so years has left a great hole in my life. But there are some I do miss, for nostalgic reasons more than anything else though.

I miss having a VHS player and watching videos because I had all my favourite childhood shows and films on video, to watch again and again (and again and again). Obviously, I could watch them online now or get them on DVD but it wouldn’t have the same feeling. I miss the earlier computer games and game consoles because it reminds me of when I’d spend hours watching my older brother play them, and those are some of my favourite memories from when I was younger. Although I still watch him play video games if we’re both at home, reverting back to childhood at its finest!

I think technology is incredible, and I love how it’s always moving forward and coming up with new things. Some of the technology we have now is unbelievable. Smartphones, of course. I love having everything I need on one device, and such a small one at that. Also, something I’ve recently heard about are 3D printers. I don’t know much about them but the idea of them just amazes me! I think overall, I enjoy hearing about – and sometimes using – all these new technologies too much to greatly miss any of the obsolete ones.

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