I often talk to my students about how technology has changed society throughout history. In many ways it’s amazing: computers, cellphones, television, soap, cars, toilet paper, zippers, fireworks, air conditioning… But sometimes, I miss doing things a little more analog.
Here are 5 technologies I loved that are gone or are going extinct.
5. Rotary Phones I remember using a rotary phone when I was really young, my granddaddy had one at his house. I loved watching the dial spin, but I always got in trouble for attempting to call random people. I also miss the ringing of old telephones.
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4. Polaroid Pictures I miss shaking a Polaroid picture and waiting for the image to show up. By the way, you weren’t supposed to shake the Polaroid but that never stopped me.
3. Projectors I miss old film projectors. I liked when the film broke or got off track.
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2. Cassette Tapes
I was a kid when tapes died and CDs became popular. How I miss waiting and listening to the radio all day with a blank tape ready to record my new favorite song. I prayed the house would be silent when I was recording and hoped the DJ would not ruin it and keep his mouth shut while the music played.
1. The Sound Old-School Clocks
Tick, tick, tick. Young K. Renae P. would be furious that I miss the ticks and tocks and dings and dongs of old clocks. I used to be irritated by the constant sound of the grandfather clock. But like a train humming in the background, it soothed me. Analog clocks today just don’t tick like they used to.
I LOVE technology and how it has brought the us closer. Yet, I miss not being so connected to other people. It is such a catch 22. Maybe it’s time I buy a front porch swing and yell at kids to “Stay off my lawn!” while I remember the technology that was.
Which technology do you miss?