Skills You Had Before The Internet

Pop Quiz CTL Subscribers. Put on your thinking caps and name a couple of skills you needed before the Internet and having a smartphone in your purse or pocket.

  • Spelling – I can remember being a decent speller. Now I just ask Google or Alexa to spell a word.
  • Arithmetic – With a calculator on every phone you can just type in or better yet just say “Ok Google add these numbers”.
  • Maps- remember looking at a printed map for the directions . If you’re born before 1990 you may have never looked at a physical maps
  • Libraries – This one is very sad for me because libraries and physical book stores were always a wonderful trip for me. Now a student can wait to the very last minute to do their assignments
  • Writing printed (non email)  letters. The image of being a college freshman just flashed in my head. Coming down to the collection of dormitory mailboxes and getting that letter from home was a cherished experience.
  • Typewriters. Taking a typing course in High School was a big bonus in searching for material now.
  • Photo Albums:  The skill of filing has totally been replaced by digital photo albums and tags.

Summary: Although my life style and my ability to find information has greatly improved with the Internet. I think these are some of the down sides that have affected me.

  • My handwriting has deteriorated. I don’t even enjoy writing.
  • I am thoroughly addicted to my smartphone.
  • My patience for listening  is at an all time low.
  • I am too easily distracted.

What skills have you lost since the Internet is so much a part of our lives?

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s