Do you ever get the feeling that we’re all living in a time that was once only dreamed of in science fiction stories? Messages zoom around the world instantly. Free video communication. The Xbox One even lets you operate your TV with voice commands.
Keeping up with all the latest tech, however, can seem a bit overwhelming. Many people feel that a return to slower, more traditional forms of communication would create closer, more personal connections.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to add a personal touch to even the newest forms of tech. Here are four old-fashioned ways to use new technology.
Texting and instant messaging are popular methods of communication. Short and direct, they are perfect for the office or the exchange of any other brief information.
But what about the lost art of conversation? When it comes to family and friends, sometimes a nice long talk is just the thing to reconnect.
Aside from using your smartphone as, well, a phone, another easy way to reach out and talk to someone is with Skype. It’s free, it’s easy and best of all, it allows for video, too. It’s the next best thing to being there: the old-fashioned connection of a long, face-to-face chat … with a newfangled twist!
There are all sorts of reasons you might not be able to travel around the world. But finances, health, and personal safety shouldn’t prohibit you from seeing it.
With GoPro cameras, people can record and post their adventures from around the world, and you can watch these videos right from your own home. Sure, it’s not the same as actual travel, but if logistics prevent real-world wandering, P.O.V. videos at least give you a chance to travel virtually.
There’s something undeniably special about a handwritten letter for both sender and receiver. The time it takes to write one out can certainly create a nice personal connection.
Unfortunately, while it’s not terribly difficult to write and mail a letter, it’s become nearly a lost art these days. After all, email is much faster.
One modern take on the handwritten letter is to write out a letter, scan it, and then send it as a file in an email. It’s the best of both worlds: Your letter has that personal touch, but it also gets to the recipient instantly and securely.
These days, most people have tons of pictures. The problem is that, in all likelihood, the vast majority of those pictures exist only in your phone or in cyberspace. Physical copies of photographs have fallen to the wayside.
The good news is that printing copies of your digital photos is pretty easy — you can either do it yourself at home with a color printer, or pay to have it done at most printing stores.
Displaying photos of friends and family instantly brightens any living or work area. You can even add an extra touch of fun by displaying your photos in personalized photo frames. Whether the photos are for yourself or a gift for someone else, they’re a great way to use new technology in order to create an old-fashioned decorating staple.
Don’t let cool new technology act as a barrier to real social interaction. These tips can help you add a bit of old-fashioned goodness to your life. Perfect for the holidays, or any time! Because certain things just never go out out of style.