Lindsay Harner, Senior
While the world keeps changing and evolving rapidly around me, there’s that part of me that wants to hold onto the past.
Okay so maybe not completely. I’m certainly grateful that at any given moment I can pull up my favorite TV show on Netflix. Or if I need to text my best friend in a panic because I can’t decide what to wear, in a matter of seconds she can have pictures of my possible outfit options. But there are a few technologies from the past that are growing more and more obsolete, and I’m just not ready to see them go.
First of all, film cameras. Now anybody who has worked with a film camera before knows how much of a pain it is to develop film photos (and if you haven’t, believe me, it is). But in my opinion, that extra work you have to put into the photos makes the outcome so much more rewarding. You get to see your work go from film, to a negative, to a photograph, which is super satisfying. Not into all that work? I suggest a Polaroid. Although this is old technology, Polaroids are coming back into style and are great because you get your photo developed instantly and on the spot.
Music-wise, I cannot stress enough my obsession with record players. Just because they’re from your grandparents’ generation, doesn’t mean they’re not cool! In fact, record players are so much better for music playing than a phone, in my opinion. That’s because MP3 files are compressed down in order to be compatible with phones and computers, whereas when you listen to vinyl you are listening to music in its “truest form” (besides seeing live music, of course). You’ll never know how amazing the sound is until you try it, but believe me once you do, you’ll never go back.
Books! And I mean a nice, hardcover, paper book. While you can easily download any book you want onto your phone or tablet, there’s nothing like cracking open a book and inhaling the fresh-page smell. There’s also something super satisfying about being able to physically turn pages, rather than tap a touchscreen.
Just recently, I learned the importance of maps. Our generation has become so accustomed to using the GPS on our phone anytime we want to go somewhere, that a lot of us don’t know how to read maps! I experienced this firsthand when I was out hiking in the woods with a few friends and we got completely, utterly lost. When we tried to look up directions on our phones on how to get out of the woods, we realized an unfortunate truth: there is no wifi in the woods. So we pulled out the good-old-fashioned map we picked up at the starting point of the trail and struggled for hours trying to decipher how this paper map could get us out of the woods.
Most importantly, what I miss the most is real, human contact. In this age of smartphones and social media, it is too easy to forget how to interact with peers in real life. Because why would you need to interact with them in person, if you could just text them, or slide into their DMs? This is something I can only hope will improve, rather than worsen. Let’s put ourselves out there. The real world is always in style.