We didn’t have the internet until I was in Jr. High. Dial up internet was still fairly new and my Mom and Dad hesitated to sign us up for it. I told them I needed it for school (which was at least partly true) so we got a computer, and the internet. My parents went out and bought a Windows 98 HP in 1999. It sat in the living room, with a its huge monitor, elongated speakers, and plug in keyboard.
The beeps, boops, dings, and hums of dial up internet could be heard throughout the house. And if I had a school assignment I could only use the computer in half hour increments in case someone called, or needed to make a call, because the phone line was tied up.
I would go to school, then come home and email my friends that I had just seen and hung out with a few hours before. A little later MSN messenger became all the rage. And we would hop on and message each other until late hours into the night.
I got my first cell phone at 19. I bought myself a VirginMobile pay as you call phone while I was a college. I had gotten sick of calling my parents collect from my apartment, and I had to use T9 Word texting on it. I would buy 20 bucks worth of minutes and then use it for a month or so before having to refill it.
I have watched technology evolve and change a lot in the last 20 years.
And I am so thankful for it!
I am thankful for being able to keep up with people so easily. I can send a text message and have a reply within seconds. Or a Facebook, Instagram, Hangouts, or Snapchat message to any of my friends or family and I can hear back from them before I can put my phone down.
I can join online communities like here on Medium. Where I can not only meet like-minded people, but people who love me, even though they don’t even know me. People from the other side of the world who are some of the kindest, best people I have ever had the privilege of dealing with. People who care about my well being and want what is best for me.
I am so extremely grateful for the internet, and for technology.
It has made my life infinitely better.