Thankful: Technology

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Not many people can claim to have ancestors on both the Mayflower and the Santa Maria, but I can.

Of course, so can my sister and her kids, but that’s besides the point. I know about these two things because of technology. I found the Mayflower ancestors through The Santa Maria ancestors I already knew about, but did some verifying through the web.

Doesn’t the fact that you can now hold a computer in your hand just blow your mind? If not, you must be really young.

The fact that I can interact with people all over the world from the comfort of my home is amazing. I can look up almost any tidbit of information at any time. I can buy my favorite movie or TV show and watch it whenever I want. I can buy video games and play them for hours on end.

But let us not forget what makes all this possible: electricity. Without it, everything else is pointless. Seriously, how many times have you been to an airport, cafe or random public place and wondered if there was a seat available near a plug?

The new terminal at Sacramento International Airport takes this need into consideration. All of the seats, ok maybe just most of the seats, at each gate are near a plug. Have you been to the new terminal? It’s fabulous! It’s how airports are supposed to be!


Anyway, technology. It’s amazing and ever changing. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next 10 years. 10 years ago, I didn’t have an iPhone. I didn’t even have a Blackberry. I never texted anyone. Now, Skype is a thing. I text my boyfriend every day.

Speaking of, I can’t believe there are people out there who still don’t text. No, they aren’t all 100 years old. They just don’t understand how their relationships would be better if they would get into the texting habit. Many times I’ve heard couples argue or get frustrated because they made a phone call to the other when a text would have accomplished their communication needs.

Many of us don’t have time for a whole conversation. We just need to convey short bits of info without the pressure of performance. I’m not saying texting is a substitute for face to face contact, but it could be a more efficient way to check in with someone or ask a quick question.

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