Wednesday, February 6, 2008

U Wanna Txt?

I find it amazing that there was such a technology boom in my generation. From the years 1989-present, technology has soared. My brother owned the very first Nintendo in about 1990 and now in 2008 my family owns the Nintendo Wii.

Texting also shows the advancement of this generation. Walking around campus, I see everyone either talking on their cell phone or texting. Don’t get me wrong, I am a texting addict. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard my parents ask me “Why don’t you just pick up the phone and call someone…it would be so much easier!” But parents don’t understand that just sending a quick text is so much easier than picking up the phone. My logic is that calling someone just to ask what time the movie starts would be a waste of a phone call and honestly an awkward conversation.

To give the older generation some credit, my parents have learned how to text message. They still don’t understand the concept of a text message but at least they know how. What I find funny is that they treat it like an email, always signing it “love, mom” or “love, dad”.

We bought my granddad a cell phone just in case of an emergency. It is a very easy phone to use considering this model isn’t made anymore. We taught him everything about the phone and he understood perfectly. However, do you think it is out of the box yet? Of course not. He still prefers to use his phone that still has a turn dial.

There are just things in life that older generations will never understand about us (texting/cell phones, for example). Maybe that is why our generation is always criticized for doing something good, as Greenberg states in his article. Critics don’t understand why we do what we do, like play on the computer or text. It doesn’t make sense to them so they criticize us for it.

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