it’s a .com worldDecember 19, 2007 at 10:57 am | Posted in Computer, Family, Technology | 3 Comments
This morning I was telling Daniel it was time to start his school work. Daniel would rather spend time on the computer than do school work, so he had an idea. He told me he would just do his schoolwork online instead. I told him his school work wasn’t online…it was sitting on the kitchen table and we needed to get started. Daniel asked me to just try http://www.sixyearoldschoolonthecomputer.com I tried it just to show him it wasn’t there. In Daniel’s world, everything is at http://www.com you just have to type it in.
It’s amazing how different the world is than when I was a kid. My kids are use to pausing live TV and watching their favorite kids shows OnDemand. When my kids are playing and one of them needs to get something or has to go to the bathroom…they yell “pause” and everyone stops playing till they return. They “pause” their real-life play just like TV and movies.
While listening to Christmas music on the radio station, Jessica’s favorite singers came on…Alvin and the Chipmunks…she thinks they are a riot! But when the song ended, she was very frustrated that I wouldn’t “go back” to that song again. She didn’t understand the concept of the radio. In her 4 year old world, all music can be skipped ahead or jumped back to the song you want to listen to.
For my little ones…all cameras let you see the picture as soon as you take it, watching videos made on your cell phone is the norm, and everything is accessible through http://www.com. They don’t understand planning your week around the one showing of Charlie Brown Christmas special each year. They don’t know what it is like to wait a week or more to see if your photos turned out. They have no concept of dialing a rotary phone and how that might work. We live in a instant world! It makes me feel old, but it hasn’t really been that many years. It truly makes me wonder what the world will be like 10 years from now.