With all the talk about the difficulty of change isn’t it amazing how some things just get different, apparently over night?
NPR gives us Touchscreen history on a timeline. While things were being developed in the ‘80’s- computer screens at an Illinois university, a Casio watch with a touchscreen and the first touch screen phone (one of those huge military-ish “cell” phones- remember those?) – we didn’t get the kind of interaction with a touchscreen that we now enjoy, until 2007. And Yes it was the iPhone.
I am amazed at the speed, dexterity and effectiveness of my kids flying fingers on a touchscreen. Even my own phone (which I will never get enough time to actually figure out) they fly around on, answering all my questions and rearranging (I should teach them to arrange shouldn’t I?) my life and data. As a side note: they think it is comical that I can type SO FAST!
My oldest daughter pointed out a man on a bench at the mall also flying away on his phone. “Even grandpa’s have their own phones now” she told me. (Two things: one she didn’t say “old person” point score there AND she was cahootsing with me as if I wasn’t somewhere close to that man’s age). She actually said phone too.
They are not “PDA’s” anymore. PDA was meant to differentiate a phone that did fancy data stuff with the ones that just called people. Yes we used to have phones that only made regular old phone calls. Another side note: “home phones” that can Bluetooth link to your cell phone- is that a “transition” stage for change on the way to cell phones only? (I only know one person who actually has a land line- grandpa [my kids]. He still has one of those rotary dial phones too [the kids think is it comical that we actually used those phones as children]).
Fast Change that catches my eye are the things that seem obvious now, change the way we interact and make life “easier” (in quotes because someone can always question the necessity of something in the first place). Phone touchscreens (and the fancy phone itself) are at the top of that list. Back to the kids- they make quick calls to friends and family to set things up or answer questions (and usually it is a video call, which gives us face-to-face connection with distance). Yesterday it was a seeing stars answer from our Ophthalmologist cousin, today- you guessed it- “when did we start using touchscreens” (good thing we had the touchscreen to answer the question).
We used to print out Google instructions for family trips. I did find time to figure out (it took seconds) my Android GPS. Now it is almost fun to just get lost and then speak a new destination!
Take a picture of something and get a web link to information, pricing etc. I didn’t believe this would work until my kids (would I be lost without them and their ability to just change and learn on the spot?) took a picture of a local restaurant sign, The Crown, and got the menu, hours and special events. We had our order ready before we even sat down (explain that to my grandparents who did not even have regular phones as kids).
The list is long, of things we can do because of touchscreens, especially on phones. This might be the best example of Fast Change Around Us that has changed the way we live.