Does the question stop you in your tracks or do you calmly look down you nose and reply, “Sure do! Downloaded another 6 yesterday!” Do your grandchildren and great- grandchildren look at you as though you’ve just dropped in from another planet that’s been drifting around in outer-space for the past millennium? Are you using a smart-phone and are you online 24 hours a day? Note: a smart-phone means a mobile telephone such as an iPhone, a Galaxy, a Blackberry or one of the many others with the tiny little buttons. Does your have an Android operating system? Back in the 50’s an Android was a robot designed to resemble a human. He grew up to be a phone…
Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night, sweating from a recurring nightmare. I am running down a street that is just about 80 years long. On one side technology is passing me, jeering and howling as they go. On the other side are grandchildren, shrieking with laughter at the old man trying to keep up and falling further and further behind with each step.
It doesn’t help that you went to college or university in the 50s, or that you ran a successful business or practice in your profession for 40 years. You are now hopelessly out of date and unable to hold an intelligent conversation with your 8 year old grandson who can re-program your old steam-operated phone in seconds.
“My phone doesn’t seem to be working!”
“Pass it here, Pop, I’ll fix it.”
A split second later the phone is back in your hands and working perfectly. “You really should upgrade, Pop. You will even be able to text grandma!”
Who’s going to show her where the GPS is so she can look for the message?