The older people among us will remember life without electronics.
The family home phone was mounted to the wall; we did not know what a computer is; at work, we used type-writers and made copies with carbon paper and stencils. I also remember using a type of ink press machine for envelopes when I was sending publicity bulletins to a whole address book.
At home, during our free time, we read, made music, wrote letters, payed games, spent time with our kids or pets or relatives and went outdoors a lot. We didn’t spend too much time with TV because the channels were very limited.
We had no video games.
We took photos on film.
We listened to music from the radio or from tape recorders. When a tape went high wire, we could generally fix it ourselves by rolling it back up manually, or taping it if it broke. We also listened to vinyl records which had to be replaces when scratched, just like CDs.
While driving in the car, we used maps to find our way and flagged someone down if we needed help.
There is ONE THING that we did not need to do: we did not need to address failing electronic devices every week or so.
Indeed, it seems that every week – or almost – there is a problem with at least one of our electronics. My family of two has only a basic set of electronics. Still, we have a desktop computer, a laptop computer in case the desktop fails or in case we need two computers at the same time. I just bought my son a tablet computer for school. I have a most basic cell phone (does calls and texts) and was given a newer one that also takes photos and can go on the internet (and that I still have to set up). Besides that, we have two digital cameras: one old and one newer; the latter one can take videos as well.
We owna TV and a VHS/DVD player. I don’t pay for cable and we watch it through our small indoor antenna.
I don’t think we have more devices than the average household, or – if we do – it is because some of ours are really old and we replace them gradually, while keeping the older device while it still works.
I hate taking care of electronics because I have no clue about the way they work.
I hate cheap stuff and some of our pieces fall into that category. They say “you get what you pay for” and this is often true.
I’m not saying that life was that much easier without electronics; they can be quite useful for certain tasks.
However, life felt less stressful because the simpler machines we used “way back when” did not seem to break every other week, nor did they need constant charging or updating or other care, besides the fact that they were easier to understand and use, at least for me.