The Technologies I am Thankful for - Thanksgiving 2013
Take a second to check out your environment -- you might be surprised to see that electricity is everywhere. In fact, the standard of living to which you are accustomed would not be possible without electricity. Even in your office you will find the far-reaching grasp of electricity. Your computer, phone and air conditioning all require electricity. At home, electricity powers your kitchen appliances as well as your television and lights. Imagine what life would be like without these amenities.
Watches and Clocks
Whether you prefer analog or digital, clocks have revolutionized the way people operate. When your boss tells you that (s)he needs a report in 15 minutes you can easily look at your computer or phone to see exactly what time that is. The world is now run on a united timetable, available practically anywhere. A thousand years ago only the wealthy could afford a sundial to track time; now, anyone can have access to the time of day.
Video cameras provide the world with news and entertainment. The benefits of the video camera can be especially felt on Thanksgiving when many Americans watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade or the annual Thanksgiving football games. Americans spend anywhere from 2-4 hours per evening watching television so it’s not hard to believe that Americans, whether they realize it or not, are thankful for television.
When was the last time you paid for something with cash? A large portion of the world’s income is intangible. Most purchases today are made with credit cards or debit cards. Not only does this conserve paper, but it also makes paying for products and services far easier. How many times have you swiped your plastic without even thinking about the technology behind it -- and the convenience it adds to your life?
The Internet is one of those things that people tend to forget exists, probably because it’s hard to think of a time when we didn’t have the Internet. While still relatively new, it is hard to believe that there was a time when we didn’t have instant messaging, PayPal or Facebook. But that is what the Internet gives us: communication and information have never been more readily accessible.
Can they even be called phones anymore? Today your phone isn’t complete if it doesn’t handle instant messaging, web surfing, Facebook or online banking. It is hard to believe how much we accomplish with only our phones. Let’s put this in perspective: today’s youth do not remember a time when phones were connected in the wall. Before phones, one could have waited days or weeks for certain forms of communication to arrive. Times sure have changed.