It’s easy to get wrapped up in all the technological advancements of the day. We carry around a computer in our pocket more powerful than anything we could have imagined 50 years ago. Our appliances are smart. Personal assistants, artificial intelligence, and other technologies are making their way into every aspect of our lives.
So, technology makes life better than it was 50 years ago, right? Well, that depends on who you ask and what we’re talking about. There are certainly some ways that life would have been better 50 years ago.
Meeting People In Person Would Have Been Easier
50 years ago, people would have been more social in real life. We tend to over-rely on our cell phones for our social life these days. This makes it harder to be social in real life. Meeting people in person today is much harder than it used to be.
It Was Possible to Live Off the Grid
There was no such thing as GPS or social media 50 years ago. No one was carrying around cell phones or any other technology that could be tracked. In addition, the use of credit cards and other digital payments makes tracking easier. It would have been easier to opt out of certain technologies and live off the grid.
It Was Easier to Live a Healthy Lifestyle
While social media and cellphone usage have short-term benefits, too much of it can be stressful and anxiety-provoking. We can now see what everyone else is doing and how they live their lives, which may not be the best thing for us. The overuse of this technology can also lead to sedentary lifestyles which can do harm in the long run.
It Was Easier to Raise a Family on One Salary
Life in general has gotten more expensive. 50 years ago, there were more stay-at-home moms while fathers earned the income to support the family’s lifestyle. Now, two incomes are the norm as inflation and the cost of living have risen.