Times Have Changed

Topics: Customer service, Mobile phone, Family Pages: 2 (696 words) Published: April 27, 2011
English 111 – 80
11 April 2011
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Times Have Changed

Having been born to older parents, my grandparents were alive during the turn of the 20th century. They knew what life was like with very little interventions. They lived off of the land and lived in the same area for all of their lives. On the other hand, I was born in the early 1960s and have seen and enjoyed the many conveniences and advancements in technology over the years. How times have changed is evident when looking at the technology of yester-year and current times, especially in the areas of communication, entertainment, and commerce. In the early 1900’s communication technology was not only limited but also relatively simple. The telephone was still very new and telegraphs were still being used. Most local communication was done by word of mouth at the local grocery or drug store. If families were affluent enough they may have had their own phone in their home, attached to the wall. A number of households could share a phone number or as they called it back then a “party-line”. To make a call, a human operator had to be reached to make the connection to the other party. In contrast, communication technology is presently found everywhere and done in lightning speed. One can’t go anywhere without seeing another person talking on their cellular phone or texting a message to someone else. With smartphones the communicating possibilities are endless. One can send and receive e-mails, access the World Wide Web, keep a calendar, and accomplish many other tasks. Entertainment in my grandparents’ day was a rare and special treat. Having to work the land to get their food required long working hours. They did not have much down time to spare. If and when they did, they spent that time with family, at home sharing stories, reading books, playing games, and creating new things with their hands. Church Carnivals and County Fairs were the big community events that...
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