Much as it pains me to refer anyone to anything done by Fox News, I’m betting the average blog reader will be interested in this particular slide show: “12 Gadgets Once Essential, Now Essentially Useless.”
It seems like only yesterday I was using all these things, and owned most of them. Time flies, and so does technology. Whee! Depending on your age, of course, you may never have laid eyes on a Walkman, a VHS, or a calculator. The person who assembled this slide show must be pretty young, though, because someone my age would have included, or started with, typewriters, adding machines, slide rules, and Princess phones.
Speaking of phones, a recent study has concluded the reason we are annoyed by overhearing someone else’s cell phone conversation is because we’re only hearing half of the conversation. Frankly, it bugs the hell out of me. Always has. But not because I’m hearing only half the conversation. It’s because I’m hearing any of it! To me at least, phone calls are personal business and I don’t want to be hearing it (and why would you want me to hear it?). It’s rude of the user to force me to hear, or try not to hear, his conversation. But I’m bothered even more by the basic weirdness of people wandering around talking aloud to their “invisible friend.” It’s kind of creepy. Normal adults don’t have and talk to invisible friends.
But I’m probably the weirdo here. Or at least out of step. I carry only a prepaid phone to use in case of an emergency when I’m away from home. I’ve used it maybe three times in eight years.