Isn’t modern life marvellous! There are some things about new technology that are wonderful and we couldn’t do without. But there are some downsides, too. Here we look at what we love and loathe about living in the 21st century…
1. Make It Snappy!
Pros: You can take photos and impromptu selfies with your mobile and store them all to look at whenever you want. You don’t have to carry a separate camera around with you any more or even ask anyone to take your photo for you.
Cons: If you lose your phone your pictures are gone. Also, you don’t like your boyfriend taking snaps of you when you’re looking rough or boring you with all the images he has easily to hand on his mobile!
2. Crossing The Channels
Pro: You have so many channels to chose from nowadays which is amazing when you can remember a time when there were only three…
Con: Most of the evening is spent trying to decide what to watch and arguing over the remote, rather than enjoying a night’s viewing.
3. Chapter And Verse
Pros: An e-reader is like having the biggest mobile library in the world! And the books are to hand, so you don’t even have to leave the house to collect them. Plus, if you’re not a member of a library, books are much cheaper to download than to buy and the little gadget is far lighter to carry around with you!
Cons: New books have their own smell and opening them is really exciting. Shelves full of books also make you look intelligent and you can lend them to friends when you’ve read them.
4. Can Touch This!
Pros: Contact-less credit and debit cards are so convenient. No more typing in your PIN number and getting loads of little receipts that fill up your pockets and purse.
Cons: If you keep a contact-less card in a holder with other cards, it can sometimes be scanned by mistake and you’ll be charged. Also, it’s easy to lose track of how much you’ve spent and you could get a real shock next time you check your balance at the cashpoint!
5. What A Twit!
Pros: Twitter is a great way to find out what your favourite celebs are up to and it even makes you feel like you’re actually friends with them! It’s really exciting when someone well-known follows you, too! And it’s like a modern-day diary in which you can share your thoughts and feelings with the world.
Cons: Twitter trolls are horrible. They can say whatever they like and their comments can be frightening and intimidating. Also, there are days when people feel compelled to tweet (you’re even guilty of this yourself!) even when they have nothing of interest to say.
6. Let’s Face It…
Pros: Facebook is such a clever invention?! It’s great being able to keep up-to-date with friends far away. And to share all the great things that are happening in your life with your mates and to arrrange joint get-togethers with everyone you know.
Cons: Things like parties can get out of hand when your family and friends invite all their mates and pets along! And when you think you’re living the high life sharing prosecco in your local Italian with a loved one, somebody else goes and shares a far fancier shot of glasses of champers and a beautiful sunset in an exotic far-flung location!
7. Let The Record Show…
Pros: You now have the capacity to record up to 80 hours of your favourite telly from any of those hundreds of channels we mentioned earlier. And when watching pre-recorded shows you can fast-forward through the ads and the ‘coming up’ and ‘previouslys’ and skip to the good bits!
Con: There’s now so much stored in ‘Your Shows’ because you forgot to push ‘New Episodes Only’ when you set up ‘Record Series’ for The Big Bang Theory! You’re not really sure when you’re ever going to get a chance to catch up with all the stuff you now have on there!
8. Signs Of The Times
Pros: Emojis are so cute and amusing and are a fun way to communicate with your family and friends. They also make you seem like you’re down with the kids, even though you’re really not – we’ve just admitted to only having three telly channels once, so that’s giving away our age slightly!
Con: Because you’re not exactly with it, you often end up using the wrong emoji and perplexing your pal who hasn’t got a clue what you’re trying to say. Perhaps better just stick to these good old-fashioned typed-in symbols using brackets and colons.
What do you love and hate about modern life? Let us know below…