Thursday, January 29, 2009

Am I a Luddite at heart?

Some days I feel really smug about the things I've learned about my computer these last few years.  While I'm not as computer friendly as many, at least now I can find my way around and do some other things I would never have dreamed I'd be doing six years ago (pre-Taos Sunflower).  Then, just when I'm patting myself on the back for all that I've learned, I remember the down side:  it's eating up my days...big time.

Now I know I'm not the only person who has noticed this.  I remember those long, technology free days, weaving, spinning, hiking.  Most of all, I remember writing letters by hand, often hundreds a year.  I miss that terribly.  I remember when the last of my friends who would hand write letters with me caved in and I would write and she'd respond by e-mail.  Somehow it just took the fun out of it.

This little video came my way a few days ago, and I thought I'd share it.  I think it's a great illustration of what I'm mumbling about here.

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Jessie said...

Thank you so much for this post! I love snail mail too. I used to have several pen pals growing up! I was actually wondering today if my children (now toddlers)will even use pen and paper when they get older. I sure hope so.

Martie said...

Wow...that's a sad thought, isn't it. I would suspect letters will continue to diminish over the next decades, especially if people don't learn to slow down and the post office doesn't stop raising rates. :0)
Wouldn't it be a nice thought if kids were assisted in school to have pen pals in other countries, just like the old days? I would think, as part of curriculum, it would be a great way to learn about other countries.

RuthieJ said...

Hi Martie,
I'm with you--I spend way too much time on that computer every day and now Facebook is thrown in too. I'm feeling compelled to try and figure it out just to stay caught up in the technology world, but I'm missing out on too much knitting time!