I graduated from college over two years ago now. But sometimes it feels like much longer. I mean, it seems like so much technologically has changed in that time. To put it in perspective, the summer before college started, I was using your typical Samsung flip phone. Then I graduated to something new, which I thought was revolutionary. My freshman year, I got one of those slide out keyboard phones. And I thought it was SO COOL at the time. And how did I know that? Because Blair was using the same one on Gossip Girl. And I watched that show AT LEAST twice.
My sophomore year, I got my first touch screen phone. It was an HTC Envy, and that thing was the bee’s knees. (And people who actually say “that was the bee’s knees” are probably rolling their eyes at this entire post, but that’s beside the point.) That’s when touch screen phones really started to take off, and my lousy HTC was uncool in a matter of months.
Finally, my senior year, I upgraded to a slightly larger touch screen phone, the Samsung Galaxy S2. Which, in all honesty, is probably better than my current iPhone.
My general point here is, things were changing pretty rapidly in the whole cellphone realm. And in other areas, too. I remember when the iPad came out, I thought it was the most useless piece of shit you could ever spend $500 on. People would chuckle (maybe scowl is a better word, here) at the students who brought their iPads to class, and set them up on a little stand to take notes on. Sure, we were attending the third largest University in Wisconsin, but if you had that kind of money, in all honesty, why weren’t you attending Madison like the rest of us wanted to?
But that was two years ago. What would I see if I went back and roamed my alma mater today? Would I still see the Ugg booted, Columbia jacket-wearing girls and LMFAO-listening guys? Probably not. But what about the iPad useres? Would there be more Apple screens glowing in the dimly-lit seats of the lecture halls? And would people still be mocking those kids like they used to, or would they be pulling out their own iPads, sitting down and having a normal, everyday class?
If I can go from a flip phone, to a now out-of-date iPhone 4s in four years, it kinda makes me wonder what else is coming. And after mocking the iWatch for a while, will we inevitably find ourselves waiting hours for one outside a sparkling Apple store? Who can say?
I just hope when I set foot on campus for the first time since leaving next month, I’ll at least see something more entertaining to blog about than technology.