Technology versus Time—Our Time

Once upon a time, in order for colonists to cross from England to the United States in the late Seventeenth Century, you had to prepare yourself for about 40 days of being on a boat. Here is another one—did you know that during the heyday of Pony Express, it took only 10 days for a letter sent from St. Joseph, Missouri to reach Sacramento, California? But things have sure changed...

Before cell phones, if we were on the road, we had to cross long distances of lonely highways with no lifeline to call for help if your car suddenly broke down. This would mean you were left stranded with a very long walk to the next city in front of you. (Why AAA became so attractive, right?)

In recent memory, ask yourself; how long did it used to take us to ensure a credit card was valid and not stolen by looking up the numbers in a little pamphlet next to the register? Usually a few minutes if the clerk’s hands were fast…

Nowadays technology had jumped in and made doing things for us so much easier and definitely much quicker. A trip across the nearly 3,000 miles of the Atlantic? Certainly not 40 days…How about seven or eight hours? No longer does it take a written message 10 days to travel about 1,966 miles. Using email, it takes only a matter of seconds and can go anywhere in the world in that time. Cell phones can operate in some of the most formerly remote places in the country, let alone the world. And checking a credit card these days takes a mere “swipe” across a machine.

So, how can technology better your life? Make is easier, quicker and perhaps even help make your duties more accurate—just like looking up that credit card number.

Why personally, I cannot wait to see what the next ten years brings, let alone the next few months…Maybe even writing these blog posts can be done electronically from my brain, allowing my fingers a much needed rest!

--C. Cook

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