I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:

1.  Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.

2.  Anything that is invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.

3.  Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.

Douglas Adams

11 comments on “Technology

  1. shoreacres says:

    Like all rules, there are exceptions galore to these – at least for me. For example, I believed in childhood and believe now that ironing everything in sight, including bedsheets and underwear, is utterly unnatural. A friend told me, “Sure, but if you’d had a mangle, you wouldn’t have felt that way.” I said, “A WHAT?” Then I thought about it and said, “But I always mangled the ironing.” 😉


    • Bill says:

      Sure. He’s being humorous and there’s a lot of truth in his observation (even as most of us were over 35 when the internet was invented).

      When my grandfather built a new house for his family someone recommended that he include an indoor bathroom. He was disgusted at the idea, saying “Any man too lazy to go outside to do his business is a sorry excuse of a man.” (Or words to that effect). He relented though and the house had indoor facilities. Nowadays new houses have at least on bathroom for every bedroom.


  2. Willow says:

    Loving this quote !!


  3. A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.

    Max Planck


  4. I love Douglas Adams. But here I would have to say it depends on the individual. (grin)


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