Wednesday, September 27, 2006

I'm Checking My Email

Jason and Caroline were playing this evening and she stopped what she was doing and went over to her play cash register (that talks) and said, "Daddy, I'm checking my email."

I'm sure she has no idea what email is, but the reality is, kids her age will be sending and receiving their own emails before they go to school. Jason's even talked about bringing our previous computer up so that the kids can use it in a year or two.

It's amazing what these kids will have access to and what they will never have to do without. They will never have to wait to go to the library or read someone's encyclopedias when they want to learn about something. They will never have to wait to find out the results of a sporting event. They will also have the potential to always be in contact with everyone no matter where they are.

It's crazy to think that when I started college in 1994 I was lucky to be living on a floor that had a high speed internet connection. But basically all that meant was that you could check your email through a DOS based progam. And let me tell you, it made me very popular on my floor. And the funny thing is, I spent HOURS playing with it. (You could also do an early version of instant messaging - IRC.) The world wide web was still fairly unknown and I think I only accessed it a handful of times that year.

Fast forward 12 years and it's very clear we are living in the information age. It's amazing how fast technology moves now because 12 years prior to me going to college, my family had an Apple 2C computer that had no hard drive and a green and black monitor. Clearly, things between 1982 and 1994 didn't change too much so it really makes me wonder about the crazy stuff we'll be using in 2018.

1 comment:

Katie said...

I think it's time to sign her up for her first yahoo account.