Evolution of Technology

Bolen pictureThere has been more technological improvement in the last 50 years than in the previous 5,000, according to huffingtonpost.com. As a result, there is a generational gap between how we currently view technology and how the last generation views technology.

Mrs. Barbara Bolen, The marketing and business technology teacher at Heritage, has witnessed the evolution of technology.

“I took a computer class in the 1980’s when computers were just getting started and there were no personal computers,” says Bolen.

Now computers are everywhere; in schools, in the workplace in homes and literally in the palm of our hands. With this widened access to technology, life is simplified in ways that could be taken for granted.

“We spent hours in the library to find information and every interaction that was not in person had to take pace over the phone,” says Bolen about her school experience.

Access to information was limited and it took a lot more effort to communicate with others. The only phones that existed were attached to the wall.

“I think that communication suffers from the use of technology. It is more efficient but sometimes the meaning gets lost,” says Bolen.

Access to information was limited and it took more effort to communicate with others. The phones that existed were limited to the immediate vicinity of the walls they were attached to. Since then, the progression of technology has been extremely rapid.

“I think that in the next five to ten years, people will be more comfortable with computers and we won’t even be talking about how things used to work differently,” says Bolen

Some of the differences between our modern lives and those in the 1980s are surprisingly different.

“My highschool graduation present was a typewriter,” says Bolen.  

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