What would our lives be like without our beloved electronics? If they were to suddenly to disappear right now, we’d end up bumbling about in the dark realising we really have no idea what we’re doing. A depressing thought, so let’s have a look at some of the gadgets and electronics which manage to hold us back from reverting to cavemen.
Long gone are the days of telegrams and messengers on horseback. Nowadays you can call up and annoy your friends even if they’re on the other side of the planet (if you don’t mind paying the bill). With the invention of the cordless phone people became free to dawdle about their house as they waited for an hour on hold to customer service. It’s a device we very much take for granted and that makes our lives a lot easier. In pre-home telephone times, making a doctor’s appointment, talking to your mother and finding out the price of a theatre ticket involved three separate trips. Now, you can do it in front of the TV eating a bag of crisps.
Relatively a newcomer to the home environment, but it is no considered an essential to many. The sum of human knowledge is at the finger tips of every woman and man. Whether it be the history of the Byzantine Empire or the schematics of a particle collider, it’s all there and available to you. You could study the depths of the universe or read the world’s greatest literature. It is a tool that could help further your mind like nothing else. Despite this being the case, most people are happy to play Farmville and laugh at pictures of cats in boxes.
What would we do without this beautiful entertainment device? We’d probably have to go outside and entertain ourselves. That is obviously not an attractive option to many people, so the TV is a great way to sit back, relax and watch other people parade around for you pleasure. Of course, aside from the entertainment part, it is a very important piece of equipment. The news works as a great way to keep people up-to-date with what’s going on in the world. More importantly, during a natural disaster it is a super way to disseminate essential information.
Cameras have been a staple of the home for years and years, but they were usually only dug out of drawers for a special occasion. Then the films would be left lying around for ages as no one could be bothered to get them developed and 5 years later you wonder why there are no pictures of your 30th birthday. With digital cameras there isn’t this problem. You can take loads more photos, easily get them off the camera and there’s no worry of the developing process going wrong. There also much quicker as well, so when your kid suddenly takes his first steps you can capture a shot without first faffing about putting a new film in your camera.
This may not seem like it fits on the list, but come on. Just admit the fact that you’ve pretty much forgotten everything you’ve learnt about maths since you left school apart from adding and subtracting (and then even that can be a struggle). Ask someone to do long division that hasn’t just learnt it that week and they’ll have no idea what they’re doing. With bills to work out and forms to fill in, we all go straight for the calculator. Without it our paperwork would be so inaccurate we’d never get anything right.
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