According to my calculations and the information in the text, I fall somewhere generation wise between the Digital Immigrants and the Digital Natives...that is to say a combination of someone who was "brought to" the world of connectivity and all its glory as well as "brought up" on it. I remember back in the day (okay...that makes me sound oh-so-old but you may know what I mean -- or even identify with it -- in a second here)...computers were not in the classroom, especially if you went to private school. In fact, the first year I encountered them in school would have been third grade. Yep...nowadays kids practically leave the birth canal with a netbook in one hand and a cell phone in the other. Speaking of cell phones...their appearance in (my) life...even later.
In the end, the family learned to find enjoyment in other areas of life previously written off to their respective graveyards. Does it mean they aren't using technology to this day? Heck no! In fact, they were thrilled when the "ordeal" was over and celebrated with a day of pure indulgence in all they had missed....BUT....the break they took gave them a new perspective and so the reintroduction of the electronic brouhaha did not take as strong a hold of them as before. It was nice to be able to use things when needed or desired, but it was no longer a requirement. They had discovered life may move at the speed of light...but taking the slower route doesn't mean you won't reach the same destination; it may make all the difference though in whether or not you truly enjoy the journey.
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Haven't done one of these for a while, but I simply couldn't resist. Riddle me this...if YOU were to "pull the plug" as in no PC, no smart phones, no iPods.... (are you still breathing?) What would you miss the most? What outlet would you seek for entertainment? What skill would you cultivate and grow? The comments are open....do tell!
Until next time...happy (unplugged) reading!