My daughter likes to glue pictures in a composition notebook – Disney Princesses, giraffes, fairies, Barbie scenes, herself and many other things a kindergartener gravitates towards.  Usually she asks for certain characters or a particular animal and I go find and print.  This weekend, however, as she was asking for some Barbie pictures and a basketball player, she specifically said, ‘you need to go to barbie.com and basketballplayer.com to get the pictures.’  Oh really?   She’s known about ‘dot com’ for a while, especially buyslushymagic.com but this was one of the first times she’s requested, rather instructed me to visit specific sites for her crafts.  She is good at a keyboard and knows how to search for youtube videos, which is becoming the norm for 5 year olds. 

I totally understand that each generation, due to whatever technological advancements, grow up in different era's with different ways of doing things and many conversations start with, ‘When I was growing up…’ or ‘When I was a kid…’   We didn’t have TV; we only had black & white TV; we had to get up to change the channel on our TV; we didn’t have cable TV; we had square TVs; we didn’t have HDTV; our TV wasn’t hooked up to the internet; we didn’t have streaming movies to the TV and soon it’ll be, ‘we didn’t have TVs that watched us when I was a kid.’  It’s fun to live during a time of so much technology innovation and growth and to work for a company, F5, that is an integral part of how it all works. 

And as is usually the case when I’m contemplating some nostalgia related topic, I came across this infographic:

Then vs Now: How Things Have Changed from 1982 to 2012

Isn’t it fun to look back and remember what we were doing last century?

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