[OT] If you grew up without computers, the Internet, and cell phones…

(follow-up to “Speaking of Nighthawks…”)

This morning, while I was chatting online with an old friend who, like me, was born in the mid-50s, she mentioned we were better off having grown up without computers, cell phones, and all the other stuff that would have seemed like science fiction to us.

I told her it was an interesting question and she said “Not to me. It would have been terrible to have everything I did public knowledge.” I pointed out that I was too boring to worry about any of that and she said “That would have been worse. You were a brainy nerd, and you’d have had to deal with online bullying. You would have been screwed, and not in a nice way.”

Anyway… those of you who grew up with none of this…

Do you think you would have been, on balance, better or worse off if your childhood and teenage self had had cell phones, computers, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Facebook, Kindle, unlimited on-demand music…?

[OT] Where have I been?

We’re going to California next month. The last time we were there, several years ago, we ate at a Chinese restaurant we really liked. We can’t remember the name of the place but no worries: my phone, by default, keeps track of everyplace I’ve been since May of 2013 (except for a few days when I lost the phone in a taxi in Montreal, so instead it holds a log of every stop the driver made).

Is this a good thing? A bad thing? Or just an it’s-the-21st-century-and-you-might-as-well-not-worry-about-it-because-it-can-be-useful-and-privacy-doesn’t-exist-anymore-anyway thing?


order food

Twenty years ago, when I was visiting my brother’s family in California, we were in a park and he used his cell phone (I didn’t even have a cell phone at the time) to call a local pizza place to have them deliver it to us there. It was an odd request, because they delivered to homes, but they agreed to do it and my brother gave the guy a nice tip.

And now welcome to 2019, when even having speaking to a human being to place your park food order seems retro.