Sometimes I feel like I got left behind. I think it happened around the mid-90’s (that’s 1990’s, not 1890’s, thank you very much…. Anyway, I know they say that if you were born before 1981 you’re a digital immigrant, and I am VERY much an immigrant (40 years plus!), and the “language” is SO confusing! I watch my nieces and nephews and the “greats” they’re raising, and they’re almost ALL digital natives – born after 1981 (I don’t know if that’s the exact year, but you get the idea).


I’ll share some things which are SO different now than during my growing-up years (as if I ever EVER grew up!!).


Cleaning up the dining area means getting the fast food bags out of the back seat of your car.

Your reason for not staying in touch with family is that they do not have e‑mail addresses.

Keeping up with sports entails adding ESPN’s homepage to your bookmarks.

You have a “to do list” that includes entries for lunch and bathroom breaks and they are usually the ones that never get crossed off.

You have actually faxed your Christmas list to your loved ones.

You consider 2nd day air delivery painfully slow.


Amazon is no longer just a river.

You assume the question to valet park or not is rhetorical.

You use your dining room table as a flat filing cabinet.

Your idea of being organized is multiple colored post‑it notes all over the house.

Your grocery list has been on your refrigerator so long some of the products don’t even exist anymore (and you might as well throw away your Green Stamp book….)


You refer to the tomatoes grown in your garden as deliverables.

You find you really need PowerPoint to explain what you do for a living.

You normally eat out of vending machines and at the most expensive restaurant in town within the same week.

You think that “progressing an action plan,” “growing a company,” and “calendarizing a project” are acceptable English phrases, and if one more person uses “bottom line,” you might hit them.

You know the people at the airport hotels better than you know your next door neighbors.

You ask your friends to “think outside the box” when making Friday night plans.

You think Einstein would have been more effective had he put his ideas into a matrix.


You think a “half‑day” means leaving at 5 o’clock.

And: You hear most of your jokes via email instead of in person.





5 thoughts on “I’VE BEEN LEFT BEHIND

  1. Jacqueline

    I met my husband online, We’ve bought a car online and viewed houses online and keep in touch with many friends via Facebook but there are many things about the modern world I do not embrace because they do not serve me.
    I still love to write letters on actual paper with an actual pen and I feel blessed to just have a stupid phone which I often forget about all day.

  2. Teri Wharff

    AMEN! I am so behind the times…….but happy when I reminisce how I grew up. Two of my family members will drive 30 minutes to a store to see if the store has what they want, instead of calling the store to find out. I know it’s because they don’t like making phone calls or having to speak with someone. They prefer buying everything online. Human interaction is being replaced by texting, tweeting, or social media. I’m an immigrant too MEE! (and I’m quite sure we are in good company)


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