Have you ever thought what it would be like 10-15 years from now? Guess what, it’s almost 15 years since we ushered in the new millenia in 2000. Y2K Bug? Yeah, we survived that for 15 years. Do you think that your life got simpler or did it get more complicated? Here are my 5 things, feel free to add yours.
Then: Remember eHarmony, eCards, eGreetings? How we used to gush when your loved ones or your crush sent you those glittering, moving cards via email? Oh yeah, we probably met offline first, in person. Imagine that. Before we went online to sent those cards.
Now: Profiles. On every social network. Twitter, Instagram, Tinder, Facebook, etc. You’re trying to write the perfect description of yourself in 150 words or less. Surprisingly, not all relationships are forge through these online networks. Go figure that one out.
2) Watching TV
Then: You have to be in front of the TV during the scheduled date and time for the show. And here in Malaysia, we get the series (Bones, CSI, X-Files) a couple of seasons late. But it was free. Even now. Unless you have cable. Yet, we still wait patiently in front of the TV.
Now: Streaming video for those with Hulu and Netflix. Cable TV is now affordable and you get up to 100 channels, of course, we have to pay for that. Those with the know-how will be downloading their favourite series through torrents. Usually 1-2 hours behind the normal schedule and you can watch at your own pace.
3) Birthdays Reminder
Then: You have to actually remember it. Memorize. Using your brain. Or at least written down. Usually next to their names on the phone book. Yes, a physical book.
Now: Facebook reminds you. iCal on your phone reminds you. Or some other app that you have downloaded will remind you. Even if you don’t have those, a quick check on their latest online status and you will see people greeting them. Add your own to the mix.
4) Taking photos
Then: Digital cameras were invented but at 3-MP, it costs around $1000 for the camera. You still use the ones with the negatives, and your photos come back after a week of processing. Only for you to find out that you have red eyes in a few of them, or that someone had closed their eyes while the photo was taken.
Now: 18-MP comes up to only $130 per camera. You can snap a thousand photos of the same thing and it still doesn’t cost you much as long as you save them on your computer. Smartphones. Post them online. No more trawling around the house for the photo albums, you can share them. Live. Instragram: 70 million photos are uploaded there daily.
5) Talking on the phone
Then: Remember the seven-digit number of your friend’s/neighbour’s landline? Almost everyone had one phone at home. iPhone? That came out somewhere around 2007. You must have remembered Nokia. They were the pioneers, you could use them as paperweights. Typing ‘Hello’ meant you had to press 4-4-3-3-5-5-5-5-5-5-6-6-6. But heck, you could do it with your eyes closed.
Now: No one uses the landlines anymore. You get to contact the person you wanted immediately, no third-party involve, no nagging parents to tell you to stop calling their daughter, no hassle. Hello? Who needs them when you have emojis?