A guest blog entry by M. Eshleman (student, world citizen)
We are in the middle of the 21st century and technology is extremely key for survival, or so we think.
Take cell phones for instance, most adults have them, most teenagers have them, and even some children who have not reached their teenage years have acquired the “need” for a cell phone. There are various reasons for this need. Safety, in my opinion, is one major issue as to why we have such a need for cell phones, always being able to be reached in case of emergency.
Technology makes communication much easier and quicker. Extended families are able to stay in touch more efficiently which in turn makes family life better and even easier in some cases. Parents are able to keep track of their children because they can be reached at a moments notice just by dialing ten numbers.
Another thought on the technological advances is that it has influenced romantic relationships. Back when there was no Internet and cell phones a man had to make more of an effort to win over the hearts of woman. Men had to court women, plan out dates, write letters and be, well, a little bit more romantic and forthcoming with their intentions.
It’s my belief that technology has had an influence in the downfall of the chivalric characteristic that woman look for in men.
And it’s because of the technology that woman have gained power in having a say in who they wish to pursue a relationship with. Also, with the Internet being in full swing there are dating services online that claim they can match you with your soul mate. This is also taking the spunk out of dating on your own.
With the rise in technology in the dating world it has helped us loose our sense of time. We are all looking for instant satisfaction, instant gratification, everything is so fast paced, and our patience is diminishing. For example, say two people go out on a date and have a spectacular time. In today’s world, if the man doesn’t call within the next day or two it is common belief that he is not interested in anything more with that woman, or vice versa. However, in the times before technology that was not the common thought pattern. Everything took more time, was slower paced. The men had more responsibilities at a younger age and were required to complete them.
It wasn’t uncommon for a woman not to hear from a man for weeks.
As you can see times are definitely different and sometimes I find myself wishing what it would be like to live in a time without such technologies: no cell phones, no computers, no TVs, no online classes.