Everythings Amazing & Nobodys Happy

Does anyone else think we live in the greatest ages ever that a person could live technologically? I think we take a lot for granted these days but I for one am constantly amazed at how good we have it these days. I have just returned from the Dentists after two pain free fillings that took 20 minutes tops, which in itself seems like a real blessing and sign of how far things have advanced.

Ten years ago I had a housebrick of a mobile phone that made calls, text messages and had the game snake – that was it and I was amazed by what a technological breakthrough it was. These days I check my emails from the supermarket, buy things online and share pictures of the dog with the world all from the comfort of my hand. I got a new phone over the weekend and couldn’t believe the words coming out of my mouth when I said to the guy in the phone shop “The camera has to be at least 8 mega pixels”.

At least 8 mega pixels.

For a phone.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was bragging about my Cannon Ixus having more than 1 mega pixels, and here I am demanding 8 times that amount for a phone.

We live in an age where you can’t lose touch with friends and relatives. The chances of me not being able to locate someone I know are close to impossible because of Facebook – of course it also means privacy is potentially a thing of the past, but who cares, all I do is put pictures of my dog on there.

Of course the biggest thing for me, and this is perhaps why I think of it more than most, is that I am able to work with people from all around the world, write a book with one in New York no less, all from the comfort of my own home. In my own case I really do feel like I have to pinch myself when I think of how easy so many things are in life.

How lucky we all are to live in an age where we can expect such things? In fact were it not for things like wifi, laptops, smartphones and social media, I don’t think I would have a job (That I like) right now – and these are all things that didn’t exist when I was at University. All of which makes me wonder what is round the corner in the next decade or so.

I could go on but I would end up sounding like that guy that cried when he saw a rainbow on YouTube. Speaking of which, this video pretty much sums up what I have been trying to say.


Benjo said...

The more we become spoiled brats, the harder it gets to appreciate anything anymore. Everything is a problem. You see the expression of this on Facebook everyday, among other places. I should get rid of those hundreds of people on my friend list from whom the slighest annoyance caused by daily life results in a "Biggest Tilt Ever" status update. The rain, a delayed flight, a taxi driver, a coin flip, you name it.

David Foster Wallace wrote an essay that somehow (to me) relates to the topic, "A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again", about embarking on a luxury cruise ship. Good read...

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