My grandpa is getting to that age where he can’t hear anything you say and will interject with a “Huh?,” “What?” or “Hello?” several times during any given conversation. It can be like talking to a wall at times; however, this is a tad skewed because my grandpa, unlike a wall, is definitely not a wall. He is also at that point in his life where he tries to keep himself up-to-date with new technologies such as the cellphone or computer. At random times, I’ll feel a buzz in my pocket, indicating either a text or a call. However, it’s not either of these, it’s a Facetime. He loves Facetime,and for good reason. Back when my grandpa was a college student, they didn’t have the same luxuries that we have today. Here are a few differences between the modern era and the past:
1. Students used horses to deliver mail instead of UPS trucks, even though horses are arguably faster.
2. Students had to use cups and string to have a long-distance chat with one of their friends. Although, if you think about it on the plus side, the NSA couldn’t listen in on your conversations.
3. Students used to walk to school through the snow uphill both ways with hot potatoes in their pockets to keep their hands warm. Now, kids drive to school through snow uphill both ways, which seems pretty dangerous.
4. Students used to keep daily diaries where they could jot down their observations and thoughts. Now, we have social media sites like Facebook and Twitter where people can post their opinions no matter how stupid they may be. Listen: I don’t care how much that dog you met in town today reminded you of your childhood dog named Sprinkles.
5. Students in the past used to take photos so that they could cherish the experiences they once had. Students now take pictures in order to piece together what the hell happened last night.
Times back in the day were different, which goes without saying. Just two tips for those old people reading this article: remember that when you comment on a post on Facebook, it does not have to be addressed like a letter and doesn’t need to end with “Love, PopPop.” I know it’s you who typed the comment. Also, lol means “laugh out loud,” not “lots of love.” That being said, it’s the thought that counts, I guess.
Chiodo is a member of the class of 2017.