How Has Technology Changed Your Life?

lifeTechnology is something that many of us take for granted. Teenagers today look at us as though we are crazy when we reminisce about the days without Internet… without cell phones or even CD players. They cannot fathom what it was we could have possibly done for entertainment in the years we spent before game consoles were invented.

As many of us grow older, we are embracing technology, and giving these kids a run for their money. We are on the cutting edge when it comes to social networking, new gadgets and gizmos and even computer building and repair. My daughter, for instance, is astounded that I even know how to turn on a computer, let alone build one myself. She cannot grasp that I have only been using a computer for about ten years, yet I can do the things I do for work all day every day as though I’ve spent my lifetime working at it.

This never ceases to make me chuckle. I think back over my 38 years, and it blows my mind at the many advances in tech I’ve watched become major players in our everyday lives. If I were to choose one piece of technology that changed my life, I would have to simply say my computer. I know – it sounds lame. You have to understand, though. Prior to my first use of a computer, I worked in a boring 9-5 office job, slaving away over numbers and ledgers all day long. Now that I have become somewhat of a computer “expert”, I am living my dream. I work from home as a “virtual assistant” to a guy thousands of miles away. I write his blogs, manage his virtual communities, and more. Because of my computer, I also learned how to remove malware years ago, and ended up here at GeeksToGo. I’ve now made my home here for nearly five years, and am still proud to be a part of this site.

Because of these two “jobs” of mine, I have made literally hundreds of amazing friends, and thousands more social contacts. I met my fiancee through my boss – again, because I was online. My life has changed in so many ways, simply because I sat down and learned how to use a computer. It has become something I would never have dared to dream of in my early life. I can honestly say that I am a Geek now, and am so proud to be one.

What piece of technology has changed or shaped your life – and why?

  • Melissa Digitalis

    Great post! It really is amazing how much technology has changed our lives. I would say the mobile phone has changed mine the most. I get nervous when I leave the house without it!

    10 years ago, mobiles, cameras and walkmans were like big bricks...now you can have them all rolled up into one neat device. Who would have thought this would be the norm back then?

    It would be interesting to see what will happen in the future what would your ideas be? Post them on The Tomorrow Mural. http://tiny.cc/RVvuX

  • Melissa Digitalis

    Great post! It really is amazing how much technology has changed our lives. I would say the mobile phone has changed mine the most. I get nervous when I leave the house without it!

    10 years ago, mobiles, cameras and walkmans were like big bricks...now you can have them all rolled up into one neat device. Who would have thought this would be the norm back then?

    It would be interesting to see what will happen in the future what would your ideas be? Post them on The Tomorrow Mural. http://tiny.cc/RVvuX

  • Amy

    I walked into the public library the other day. It's less than half a mile from my home and I didn't even know it was there. It was around 4 PM. I expected school kids to be in there studying...ha ha. Nope, just a few adults who were using the internet. I guess nobody uses the library anymore... after all, we have Google and Wikipedia! *gasp* I love my technology, but have to wonder if, as a whole, society is becoming stupider. Or is it "more stupid" or "more stupider?" I'll Google it and get back to you. ROFLMAO
    P.S. - Sorry, forgot to tell you great post!

  • Amy

    I walked into the public library the other day. It's less than half a mile from my home and I didn't even know it was there. It was around 4 PM. I expected school kids to be in there studying...ha ha. Nope, just a few adults who were using the internet. I guess nobody uses the library anymore... after all, we have Google and Wikipedia! *gasp* I love my technology, but have to wonder if, as a whole, society is becoming stupider. Or is it "more stupid" or "more stupider?" I'll Google it and get back to you. ROFLMAO
    P.S. - Sorry, forgot to tell you great post!

  • Kevin

    I was first introduced to a MAC when I was a young boy. I used to play basic games like flight simulators and Warcraft and Warcraft II. I was then introduced to a PC by my cousin and became attached to it, Windows 98 might I add. When I bought my first Hewlett Packard I was so excited, I spent everyday on the system until the day I crashed it with 2000 viruses. Eventually I got a new system and continued my use with the personal computer. The computer has changed my life entirely, and shaped the very person I am today. I've become familiar with the growing technologies of today, and will continue to be tied with technology until the end of my days. It's truly amazing how much personal computing and technology has grown these days, and it will only continue to expand immensely.

  • Kevin

    I was first introduced to a MAC when I was a young boy. I used to play basic games like flight simulators and Warcraft and Warcraft II. I was then introduced to a PC by my cousin and became attached to it, Windows 98 might I add. When I bought my first Hewlett Packard I was so excited, I spent everyday on the system until the day I crashed it with 2000 viruses. Eventually I got a new system and continued my use with the personal computer. The computer has changed my life entirely, and shaped the very person I am today. I've become familiar with the growing technologies of today, and will continue to be tied with technology until the end of my days. It's truly amazing how much personal computing and technology has grown these days, and it will only continue to expand immensely.

  • Allan J

    I agree, the computer has been the biggest technological influence in my lifetime, for both good and not-so-good. Good: Keeping in contact with friends and family, shopping and ordering tickets online, connecting with others who share my musical passion. Not-so-good: Hours spent unraveling the evils of others (which is how I discovered this site), waiting ever so long at a store for a "price check," and (surprise, surprise) spending countless hours in front of the computer when I should be playing music!

    I grew up with black and white TV, records, reel to reel tape... then cassettes, 8 track, VCR, finally to CD, DVD and what's available today. I thought all that stuff was fine though I was sometimes reluctant to change over. My brother once sent me a subscription to Wired and said "You need to know this." After having difficulty separating the articles from the advertisements, I thought, "No, I don't." I listened patiently to the phone guy's spiel about what bells and whistles were available but all I really cared about was 1) making calls and 2) if the buttons and numbers were large enough for me to see them.

    I admit it, I've peaked technologically. I'll leave future advancements to the younger folks. Excuse me, I have to go play some music the old fashioned way... on an instrument!

  • Allan J

    I agree, the computer has been the biggest technological influence in my lifetime, for both good and not-so-good. Good: Keeping in contact with friends and family, shopping and ordering tickets online, connecting with others who share my musical passion. Not-so-good: Hours spent unraveling the evils of others (which is how I discovered this site), waiting ever so long at a store for a "price check," and (surprise, surprise) spending countless hours in front of the computer when I should be playing music!

    I grew up with black and white TV, records, reel to reel tape... then cassettes, 8 track, VCR, finally to CD, DVD and what's available today. I thought all that stuff was fine though I was sometimes reluctant to change over. My brother once sent me a subscription to Wired and said "You need to know this." After having difficulty separating the articles from the advertisements, I thought, "No, I don't." I listened patiently to the phone guy's spiel about what bells and whistles were available but all I really cared about was 1) making calls and 2) if the buttons and numbers were large enough for me to see them.

    I admit it, I've peaked technologically. I'll leave future advancements to the younger folks. Excuse me, I have to go play some music the old fashioned way... on an instrument!

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