It’s inbred in their generation to constantly be connected, I think. It’s unbelievable. I recently upgraded my service so my cellphone can act as a WiFi hot spot. The internet isn’t all the great out here in the farmland to begin with and now that it’s snowing fairly regular some days I just can’t make it down to the library and I need the internet. It’s my source of income. I don’t need it 24/7 but I do need it to put food on the table. Now when the internet cuts out at home everyone is like, “Let me jump on your WiFi!” as if their lives depend on it.

They don’t even send text anymore. All their communication is through Facebook and Snapchat. That’s too much work for me. I’d rather just make a phone call.

Cellphones are even cellphones anymore. They’re computer devices.

When I was a kid we didn’t have technology like we do now. We had record players, encyclopedias, Polaroid cameras and cans with string to communicate.

My son plays the ukulele. He uses his cellphone to Google music so he can learn how to play his favorite songs.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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