The other day a friend and I were discussing how he and his wife still don't have a GPS. He joked that his wife has excellent navigation skills and can find her way out of city she's never been to just by whipping out her Atlas.
I began thinking about the many "modern" things I can't imagine living without, then quickly realized the obvious -- without them you didn't have the ability to miss them.
We don't have a dishwasher in our apartment and can't do anything to change that other than move. My aunt says that plates and flatware aren't sanitized by just washing them in the sink with soap and hot water. Well, there was a time when dishwashers didn't exist and people didn't die from eating off of hand-washed plates. Right?
I created a list of ten modern conveniences that make life much easier. None of these items were available back in 1982.
1. Cell Phone - I know this is a mixed bag for some. Some love it, some hate it.
2. Wikipedia - I'm on this site daily!
3. Social Networking - As you can see, I live for it! As a kid I had 100s of pen pals all over the world. Imagine the money I would have saved on stamps!
4. GPS - See above, I suck when it comes to directions and maps!
5. Flatscreen TV and Remotes - Remember those bulky space-sucking TVs, they were like huge pieces of furniture and how about those clunky "channel changer" boxes with buttons and long cord?
6. DVR - Before DVR, it was VCR! As a youngster, I had to tape my favorite shows like Kids Incorporated, etc.
7. Bagless vacuum - Saves money on bags and better for the environment! I remember mom running out of bags for the vacuum and trying to find the correct one for her Hoover.
8. Cup Holders in Cars - As a kid, we didn't have these!
9. Netflix and On-demand Movies - no more late fees, no more empty video store shelves on weekends! It's midnight on a snowy evening, let's order an instant movie off Netflix!
10. Keurig - Making one cup of coffee in seconds would have really been helpful for my on-the-go parents!
What didn't exist when you were a kid?