Staffer says, ‘The future of technology is in the past’

Emmy Furman, Ad Manager

   In today’s society, technology is advancing faster than the blink of an eye. Every month there is a new phone with the coolest capabilities.

   Our generation, however, seems to be more drawn to older versions of technologies. While companies may be advertising their best speaker with amazing quality, teens still seem to be drawn to record players that their parents may have used.

   Another example is photography. The latest camera quality is almost matched with one’s eyesight, but Gen Z’s newest trend is disposable cameras.

   I feel that this obsession with older technologies stems from overstimulation in our society. Companies roll out new and improved products every day, but, after a while, does the fancy software get boring?

   Teens are unenthused with new specs on devices by now. Since our generation missed the thrill of technology’s humble beginnings, it is fun to explore the old.

   Another reason why aged technologies become popular among the youth is that the quality is unmatched in certain ways.

   Sure, the latest camera quality beats an old Polaroid camera by far, but nothing can compare to the memories tied to film pictures.

   Record players also have a more real sound to them in a way. The slight fuzziness of the audio gives the listener a comfy feeling.

   Old video game consoles, VHS systems, and even iPods will always have a special place in our hearts. They bring back memories for some, and are just plain better for others.

   After reading this, I hope you dig out that Walkman sitting in storage, pop in some earbuds, and listen to a good ol’ “Now Thats What I Call Music” CD.