|photo from Computer Museum.|
Growing up with two parents who were in the technology industry meant that we always had an (Apple) computer in our house. I spent many hours of my youth illustrating ideas from my overactive imagination on Kid Pix and playing Mavis Beacon (What can I say? I was a nerdy kid) I remember my Dad going onto AOL and playing funny sound bites, but only a few, because AOL minutes were expensive and limited.
When my parents seperated, my Mom paved her own way by buying an Acer (PC) Oh the betrayal! But I quickly adapted. I spent hours on AOL (Because they finally adapted to an unlimited minutes plan) in the "Kid Chatrooms" This was far before 20/20 specials, and the internet wasn't nearly popular enough to have child predators lurking in every chatroom. I met some great friends (One who I kept in touch with all the way through the early years of college) and spent most of the time exchanging bad poetry and Christmas wish lists.
By the time I hit high school, I ended up with my own Dell in my room. It was then then that I got my first external cd burner. Oh the excitement! This led to my first boy crush and I exchanging endless mix CD's containing our favorite Jimmy Eat World & At the Drive-in tracks.
It wasn't until college that I finally went back to my roots, and got a Mac Mini after my Dell suddenly died without warning (And me being the immature college youth I was, had not backed up anything) A couple years later, thanks to some student loans, I welcomed a Macbook into our family. Since then, I've never looked back. I've gotten iPods, iMac, and an iPhone. Our house oozes Apple presence all over it.
I hadn't thought much about any of this until I had a conversation with friends over the effect of technology on youth. Most of the younger kids of my generation have only known life with constant computer use & internet access.
What about all of you? Has your life always involved computer access?