It’s really common these days to do anything with a computer. In fact, you just have to ‘touch’ it everyday, if only for checking your Facebook or else.
Me, as far as I know, have been ‘interacting’ with computer since last years elementary school (that’s like 20 years ago!). I took computer lessons. Back then, the computer was still in monochrome display and the system was MS DOS. The games in it was just Tetris and Pac Man, and Digger. I did learned about graphic design few years later, but during those first times using computer, I was fond of the program called Banner, which is a program focused on designing text (for/like a banner). It was very simple, but I really enjoyed it.
Now, we can ‘hold’ the computer. They are formed with gadgets and smartphones. It is quite impossible now to imagine living without it. Best comes to mind if that ever happens, is get lost in the woods and the battery is out. Even so, I don’t think living without computer is the worst thing of all. Living without water and food is.
So, imagining life without computer for me, probably I would do more arts and crafts. I would write with typewriter (even now I am considering it! It felt vintage and vivid. I blame the movie Ruby Sparks). I would sketch in a sketch book (I used to draw with pen in blank notes on my elementary-junior high school days). I would start doing gardening. Maybe cook more or try baking. Ummm, sounds like I am more productive without the machine??
Perhaps, we’ll return to do writing in letters and postcards (sounds exciting). I used to have penpal and receiving her letter does felt more real. She lived in US and we traded our local postcards. It was exciting but it took me a long time receiving her mail, sometimes I forgot I have a penpal. Not sure it was the mail or she just took a while to return my letter.
Life without computer maybe not the worst thing at all. Maybe it felt like a stepback, considering it is a form of technology and should help us do things faster and easier. But maybe we’ll satisfied more with life and connect more. Maybe the chance to chat with people in the bus or shop is bigger, getting to know strangers that could be our future friend.
I know there’s this hipster movement to do DIY and manual stuff, instead of depending on machine, like in the movie While We’re Young (2014). Now it is the new modern, doing things handmade. But being dependent to computer still is a bigger threat.
What about you? What would your life be without computer?