I started using a personal computer in 1988. I was one of the first of my friends to own a computer, and the first to have a web site. In 2000, I started taking care of my parents, and I no longer even had time to check my email, let alone keep up with the changes in technology. Today I decided to take a step back into web page development. It is amazing how much has changed in just a few years. The terms used were totally unfamiliar to me, and I had no idea how to write the code necessary to work in today's internet. It will take more time than I have available to learn this new skill.
Learning is a life-long process, but I can't help but think that the demands on my brain are greater than my grandmother's, and I have less to show for the effort. My grandmother never learned to drive a car, use a microwave oven, or a remote control, but her life was full and happy. She was always surrounded by friends and family, rather than sitting alone in front of a computer. Although technology has added much to my life, I feel that I have lost some of the blessings that my grandmother took for granted.