Now I’m sure you are all aware that this weekend was the celebration of Earth Day, and in order to show appreciation for our planet, many people made changes in their day to day routine. The changes involved walking to work instead of driving, going meat or dairy free for a week and lastly adopting or planting a tree.
However now it is back to Monday morning and sadly some of those changes would have drifted away amongst our busy morning routine. However as a little tribute to earth day, that we can all be a part of, lets remember how different the world is now compared to the first ever Earth day back in 1970.
The first obvious difference is communication; the way we communicate now has spiraled into a new world full of technology we would only ever of dreamed about. In the 1970’s a verbal conversation either in person or over the house hold phone was the most common way of communicating and if not that a hand written letter full of sentiment. Now a days many people communicate more via text and email having very little verbal communication with eachother, which can be great in terms of safety or even work, but there is nothing quite like a good old chat on the phone, is there?
Next is television. It’s fair to say that any kind of screen has pretty much taken over the world and our lives, whether this is a TV, computer or phone, most rooms in our house have at least one. So in the 1970’s when the whole family would sit round the one TV in the house and watch their favourite show (without being able to record it) seems pretty crazy now, as you can watch sites like Netflix and Now TV on any device anywhere.
Then finally, the traditional event that came at around 7 o’clock each evening, the family dinner. Now I know many families will still maintain this but sadly the practicalities can sometimes stop us from all sitting down at the dinner table and eating together. This modern lifestyle can even go as far as forcing us to have ‘dinner on the go’ which in the 1970’s was frankly unheard of. So the rise in TV dinners and a portion of chips on the train home is sadly more common now than ever.
So I hope you felt some nostalgia on reading my comparisons of how much times have changed since the very first Earth Day. It’s clear technology is as bigger part of our lives now than it ever has been, but us here at Nudgu understand as great as a text can be, there is nothing quite like hearing the voice of someone you love.
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