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Was it really that long ago?

August 29, 2012 - Pam Rodgers

This past weekend, I watched two movies that were released in the early 2000s, and I noted the use of VHS tape in both films. Nowadays, I would never use that technology unless it was a last resort, thanks to the prevalence of DVD burning, DVRs, etc.

What it really made me think about was the shift in technology that has gone on in just a few short years. I always remember being on the downward swing of technology when I was growing up. We always seemed to hold out until the last minute before we’d switch to the new technology.

It seemed like DVDs were out for 20 years before we finally got a DVD players. There are times when I feel like we skipped from cassette tapes to digital downloads with how few CDs we own in comparison. As for computers, we got one of the original iMacs and that was to only computer we had until I went off the college.

And don’t even get me started on cell phones. We had one to share between the five of us. I didn’t get my own until my second semester of college and even that was a pay as you go TracFone. We still used film still cameras until I got a digital one my sophomore year of college. And our camcorder still took mini VHS.

It’s crazy how much changed between my freshman year of college to when I graduated in 2009.

With the technology boom, my family’s transition time has changed. All five of us now have our own laptops and cell phones, my brother, sister and I all have smart phones. I no longer buy CDs but simply download the music I want. I burn my own CDs and DVDs and honestly I have accounts so I can access any number of movies and TV shows online. And thanks to DVRs, I haven’t really watched a TV show live in about two years. I have a FlipCam for personal videos and I have a larger point and shoot Nikon camera, which is excellent for all vacationing needs.

So while I was watching the films from my high school days, it was strange to think how much I have changed. The movies don’t seem that long ago to me but everything seemed so outdated (I guess that means I have to admit I’m getting old).

Maybe that means in another 10 years I’ll look back on what I have now and think about how outdated all of it is. But at the moment, It’s hard to think of what the next could be.


I watched Love Actually (2003) and 50 First Dates (2004) for those keeping score.



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