I was browsing the toxic cesspool known as Facebook earlier. Normally, I only login long enough to answer queries on the business page and answer messages, then I usually logout before I lose brain cells from all the clickbait political posts. But today a post caught my eye: it was a meme shared by a family member, a picture showing a side by side comparison of an analog clock and a digital clock. Below it, a caption lamented the tragedy of the growing number of children who are growing up not knowing how to read the hands on a clock face. "Do people really care about this crap?" I thought as I browsed the comments.
"Parents are horrible these days!" one lady said,
"We just keep getting lazier and lazier." a guy her age agreed.
"Our kids would rather let their kids play video games and ipads than use their brains." another added.
Finally, I saw somebody voice my thoughts perfectly when he said "I wonder if people thought the same thing about making the switch from sundials."
As a millennial, I am stuck in that weird place where I shake my head at some of the grumblings of the older generations while also lamenting the idiocies of the generations below me. However I have always been against the notion of holding onto tradition solely for sentimental reasons. Technologies, ideologies, and methods age and become obsolete when something better takes their place. By better, I mean something that is more practical, more efficient, and gets the job done. In this case, analog clocks are becoming obsolete. They cannot convey anywhere near as much information as a digital clock, they are less accurate in most cases, and it takes longer to read them. But to argue about the merits of digital vs analog is beside the point of this post. Tradition should only be held onto if there is no better technology or method available. This applies to all walks of life, not just the devices that tell us time. Our television is getting better and better, as are our computers, our radios, our tools (for the most part), our cameras, etc.
Yet sometimes I feel people who, like my family member who raised awareness of the "digital vs analog" crisis, would rather us become stagnant. They are the kind of people who support the soon-to-be-outdated practice of teaching cursive in school. They are the kind of people who want us to return to rotary phones because they are more "interactive", or who want us to bring back stick-shifts because automatic transmission makes us lazy. They are the kind of people who, if they had their way, would have us revert to watching movies on VHS because DVDs make life too easy. They would have us swallow silver to treat colds because that's how their parents did it.
I know why this is done, change is difficult and stressful. Nostalgia lets us remember the times that shaped us into the people we are today. When something new comes along, we automatically feel that our way of life, our identity, is being threatened. As we get older, we don't know if we can keep up with this world. Hell, I'm still young and I already feel that way. So we make up these lies as to why the way we did things, was better. We lash out in self-defense and condescend upon the younger generations. I'm sure that sometime in the future, when I am an old man, I will lament how people have lost the ability to type and text because they'd prefer to use their telepathic brain implants for communication.
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