In the technological world we live in today, its hard for one to imagine functioning without technology. I decided to investigate how some people who were not raised in the present media era lived simply back in the day and how perhaps they view technology today.
I had the opportunity of spending some face-to-face time with 80 year old Ferrell Daste who didn’t grow up with the technology we have nowadays. Ferrell discussed what it was like growing up as a kid in the 1930s-1940s and how life was much simpler when he was growing up.
Do you think life was simpler when you were young? Why or why not?
Yes, because although we never had too much, we were closer together than people are now and we all grew up closer together.
What do you mean by that?
We didn’t have television or other modern day things that took us away from one another. At that time, everyone would have a lot of kids so all of the neighborhoods had a lot of kids, ours had around 30. And although there was so many of us, you were able to intermingle more with everyone. I think a lot of technological things take away from that.
So what did you do for fun?
Well back then, movies were only 7 cents and our only form of entertainment. The only games we had, were the ones we put together ourselves. I remember there was only one basketball in the whole neighborhood and the only time we played football was in vacant lots [laughs]. We made due with whatever we had and enjoyed it so if you got something new it was like a Christmas present.
You talked about putting games together yourself, can you explain some of the games you made?
There was bat-the-can, it was like baseball…except with a can. We also played humpty head which was like what kids call hide-and-seek now. We would run through the neighborhood and hide under houses, and when you caught someone you would yell “Humpty Head!”
Do you use any technology now?
I use the computer, but only to send messages to family and for news.
What things do you think people could live without that you didn’t have growing up?
Really? Why is that?
Because I think that there are so many other ways to get around and people only use it for convenience and to get where they are going quicker.
If you had a choice, would you have been born with the new generations or when you were? Why?
I’d be born when I was, because it was simple. We didn’t even feel the need to go out of the neighborhood to meet people in our lives.
Anything to add?
Communication, that is the biggest change. Most people talk mostly through texting now, it’s so impersonal and it’s sad.