36 hilarious ways technology has changed us for the worse
(Pocket Ribbon) – The Internet came along and changed our lives. Smartphones and super slim televisions are now standard around the world. But it wasn’t always like that, oh no, once it was better.
better how? We hear you ask. In many ways. We lived a happy life before phones and email. We just didn’t really notice the changes happening over the years.
From televisions and laptops that fall off as we bulge, to phones that get even weaker, technology has surprisingly affected us in ways we might not have expected.
But a roster of very witty performers have noticed and clarified all the changes technology has brought. Yes, most of them are changes for the worst. But the way these changes are so obvious, but we barely notice them, is brilliant.
Of course, if you’re someone who was born after the Internet or after smartphones appeared, none of this may make much sense.
Slimmed down technology
Technology has become thinner, lighter, more portable and more accessible. The problem is that it has also made us lazier and in some cases fatter too. Technology shrinks, we grow. Not ideal.
A lot has changed in recent decades. We used to spend time with toys and video games, now we spend more and more time online, reading funny articles and laughing at memes or webcomics.
Google made us lazy
Google has definitely made us lazy.
You don’t have to use your brain if you can google the answer to a question, but what if google doesn’t have the answer?
Gaming with friends
In the good old days we used to spend time together even when we played video games. All you needed was a TV, some controllers and space on the couch for a few friends and you had great split screen gameplay.
Now even co-op games are played over the internet so we see our friends less even if we might be spending more time with them.
This has been a running joke since Netflix has risen in popularity – how many people have you given access to your Netflix account?
It really brings out the penny-pinching relatives who don’t want to pay the subscription.
Microtransactions and loot boxes
The gaming industry is constantly changing. In the good old days, you had to work (or grind) to complete a game, unlock sidequests, access special characters, and more.
Now game publishers have made it so that you can just pay your way to victory. It’s not nearly as rewarding, but people seem to enjoy spending the extra cash, so it’s not going to change anytime soon. Loot boxes, microtransactions, season passes and special editions. Spend, Spend, Spend.
Not built to last
They just don’t make technology like they used to. There are plenty of hilarious memes about the rugged and resilient Nokia phones of yesteryear and for good reason.
Modern telephones break far too easily. Sure, they’re much richer in features, but at what cost? Especially for us clumsy butter-fingered roosters who can’t help but drop our devices.
Dealing with a noisy horde
It used to take boiling oil and harsh words to deal with the rowdy crowd, now you can upset people just by turning off their internet.
It’s amazing how anxious people get when they don’t have access to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.
hot dog legs
You can’t even enjoy a good vacation these days without staring at your phone or taking pictures of your tanning legs.
We used to enjoy the environment and have a good time, now we’re too busy sharing photos or catching up on our friends’ latest antics.
Too cool for social
A few years ago, people would have thought they were cooler than you because they didn’t have a Facebook account.
Now it might be a wise move, with all the hacking, privacy leaks, and data problems behind the social network (and other sites). Sometimes we think it might be better to just give up everything and live in a cave.
With internet access, it’s a lot easier to access more information and digest more while taking a break.
But it often means we spend more time in the bathroom than we probably should. And there’s always the danger of water damage to your precious iPad or browser of choice.
We always went out to play and have fun and frolic in the mud with friends. Kids these days go outside to catch Pokemon.
It’s too easy to work your way through an entire season of a show, blinded by the ease of everything.
You used to have to get up to put in the new VHS tapes or DVDs or wait a week for the next episode. Now we are all slaves to the screen.
Even parenting is hard
Thanks to the rapid spread of technology, it is even difficult to be a parent in modern times. We used to be just sent to our room as punishment if we misbehaved, where there was nothing we could do but stare at the walls or maybe read a book.
Now kids have phones, tablets, televisions and more. You have to come up with new ways to punish them, like cutting off the Wi-Fi or maybe even powering the whole house.
Go play outside
Kids these days are too smart for their own good. Go out and play? Get some fresh air and a spot in the sun? Sure, why not, as long as they can take a screen with them.
Technology has changed a lot of things over the years, including huge improvements in the movie industry with CGI and green screen tricks, making things on the big screen that much more compelling and interesting. That’s not always a good thing though, the creativity of the FX department isn’t what it once was. Just take a look at this comparison image of Star Wars wizardry then and now.
A game of football
Going out for a game of football is so overrated when you can just fire up FIFA and pretend to be a real pro. You don’t have to get dirty or risk breathing fresh air.
The technology to store digital files has become cheaper over the years. You could say that’s not a bad thing – you can now easily store more games, photos, videos and more. But have we become complacent?
Do we still cherish our digital memories? Or are we just hap-happy hoarders?
When we were little ones, we turned to our parents for help building Lego, setting up toys, and playing games. Now they turn to us for help repairing their tablets, phones or computers. It’s good to feel useful, not so good to see our heroes baffled by the technology we grew up with.
Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds
It won’t be long before people don’t know what a landline phone looks like or have never heard the nostalgic tone of a modem.
Like a blaring siren, the constant bombardment of notifications is often too much to resist. These gadgets, gizmos, and social networks are constantly clamoring for our attention and definitely getting in the way of more important things.
No one forgets your birthday
Technology has even ruined birthdays. Sure, no one will forget your birthday again, as Facebook is always on hand to let them know it’s your birthday, but you’re less likely to get a card now.
No idea is original
Technology is not necessarily responsible for this. But it sure feels like no idea is original, they are constantly remaking old movies and the cinema regularly shows remakes, reboots and more. Now we can even watch them all on our phones.
A good book
There’s nothing like a good book, hold on, a notification, check out what this is. Ooooh, interesting.
Way too easy to get distracted by your phone. Have you ever been distracted by a book?
Before we eat…
It is impossible to eat a meal without first capturing it for the sake of prosperity. In any case, it’s easier to take a picture than to etch out a cave drawing. Cavemen had a hard time.
How many letters are falling through your door or letterbox that are actually from real people, rather than just bills, invoices or junk mail?
Now our email inboxes are also full of crap, but maybe we appreciate the little things more.
Every once in a while, Steam sales kick in and PC gamers take care of their wallets, spending more than they should on games they don’t need and probably won’t play.
Games are so affordable these days that it’s way too easy to end up owning a huge collection of games and having too many – not knowing what to play when you have time to do a good gaming session.
Gadgets have changed so much that young people are often baffled by the old technology they have seen. Not a problem for them, but it sure makes us feel old and over the hill.
Running is hard work
Technology is designed to make our lives easier. You can now track your run, track your heart rate, stream your favorite tunes on the go and of course share it all on social media afterwards. It’s a hassle, but have you even gone for a run when no one knows?
Data plans are a nightmare
There’s nothing like worrying about how much it will cost you to accidentally use too much data on your phone because you forgot to connect to Wi-Fi. Not as financially painful as accidentally wandering around, but still not great.
Talking to people is overrated
Texting, instant messaging and all kinds of apps that help us stay in touch actually seem to have prevented us from talking to each other.
When was the last time you answered a call? Especially from a song you don’t recognize.
Eating with friends
Technology has even ruined dinner with friends. You can’t even have a good meal without someone breaking out their phone. Sure, it’s great to be able to grab your device to quickly find the answer to a trivia question that has left you all stunned, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could just chat?
hopes and dreams
It’s not always technology that has made life worse, sometimes it’s the problems in life that get in the way of your technology.
For example, annoying parenting tasks that get in the way of your gaming or the hassle of having to work to pay for your games library.
You wouldn’t download a car
Our parents always taught us the importance of sharing and playing nice with our siblings, but apparently sharing torrent files and cracked programs is not acceptable. Who knows.
There’s nothing like laughing out loud at a good joke you read on the internet or a hilarious video you just captured on YouTube, but in the end you just look like a crazy man. Instead, we spend most of our time lying about our emotions using emojis.
Some people believe in no handkerchief before marriage, more modern thinkers think you should test how they deal with slow internet or no wifi.
Written by Luke Edwards and Adrian Willings.