With Technological Change Comes Cultural Change

Sometimes I think about how much things have changed in such a short period of time. Like, people act like things exploded in change (because of technology and the advancements of science) from the early 1900s to the mid 1950s. And I can’t even disagree with that.

But that’s 50 years for things to change. When I think about just the last 20 years, to me, well, things have changed even more.

Thinking back on the early 2000s, there was just too little of what exists nowadays regarding technology and communication. Think about it. Think about how much social media has changed the news and the way we communicate with one another. Think about how much it has changed the way we present ourselves to others. In just a decade, things have become so much different.

I think back to just 10 years ago when I was a junior in high school. First off, that’s a crazy sentence to even be typing out considering that an entire decade has gone by since my high school years. But nonetheless, social media and the internet were far simpler things that were, for the most part, periphery to my life.

Well, fast forward to the here and now and those things are no longer peripheral but incredibly immediate to who I am and what I do every single hour.

At one point social media used to be a thing people would check on once a day. At most, you’d spend 20 minutes or so browsing through your feed of 100 friends and whatnot. You’d make your own post or comment and hop off in order to get back to reality.

Today, however, you hop onto social media because that is your reality. No longer is it something “extra” to your life. It’s part of who you are.

Perhaps I’m speaking on behalf of the youngest generation right now. While millenials get a lot of flak for being “brain dead zombies”, they’re actually growing up to realize how important and even negative technology can be on you. It’s the younger kids who are becoming attached and even being made by technology and social media.

I remember when my dad and my uncle used to sell things online when I was young. It was the dawn of the internet. They would make a killing off stuff because there was no Facebook to pretty much sell immediately to people you knew. They’d gather up their shipping supplies, package up some of their old baseball cards, and ship them off to somewhere far away because of a little site called eBay.

Now, though, I feel like people don’t really respect where that kind of stuff came from. Now, people can find all sorts of resellers and auction sites and even buy things for cheaper. Fewer and fewer internet users need to stock up on shipping supplies because, well, they can just sell something to one of their friends or followers on social media and meet up with them instead.

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Author: Brandon Parr

Crossed the country managing shaving cream in West Palm Beach, FL. Won several awards for training tinker toys in Nigeria. Spent college summers testing the market for action figures in Los Angeles, CA.

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