This blog was inspired by my wonderful nana mo. I hadn’t seen her in almost two months because I’m in college full time and work every weekend. I call her at least three times a week and she always tells me how much she wishes she could give me a hug and see me face to face. As far as technology goes I don’t think it’s advanced to virtual cuddles. However, it’s almost old news that you can talk to someone face to face through things like Skype and FaceTime.
After trying to explain to my darling nana the idea of video calls for about 40 minutes I knew I wasn’t getting anywhere. So I got on to my 7 year old sister to run down to her house with an IPad and I promised I was going to call her back on Facetime 20 minutes later. If there was ever a moment I wished I could see again and again it’s the pure golden confusion on my nanas face when my sister answered the facetime call from me and I was on the screen talking and laughing in live time. After another 15 minuets of broken conversation because of all the “poor connection” and “video will resume shortly” she decided she needed a nap.
When the call ended it made me totally rethink some of my ideas of technology and I started to explore how different aspects of technology have become so normal for us but remain completely alien to someone like my nana who struggles to leave her house once every two weeks. She’s not exposed to the rapidly developing world of technology in any way, she even struggles to use her microwave. I haven’t stopped thinking about it and it’s inspired me to write a series of blogs relating to the impact of technology. The good the bad and the ugly. I want to explore its presence through all ages and through all generations. From the over 75’s inspired by my darling nana to its impact in the life of my gorgeous 7 year old sister who navigates her way through IPhones and IPads better than me.