Last Thursday a massive winter storm streaked across the Midwest dumping record amounts of snow in many places, including where I live. Schools were closed, and roads were virtually impassable. My son was home from school, my wife and I stayed home from work, and at 6:00am the power went out.
For the next two and a half hours, we found out just how dependent upon electricity and technology we have become.
My wife figured she’d make her morning cup of coffee, but was unable too. She even joked about plugging her single cup Keurig coffee maker into the AC adapter we have for our van’s cigarette lighter in order to make a cup.
Our son jumped on our laptop hoping to play some online games with his friends, only to discover that just because the computer is running (it was on battery power) doesn’t mean he has internet access. Without power, the cable modem and wireless router can’t function. Which also affected me as I was planning to work from home, but with no power my battery charge would eventually drain, and without internet access I couldn’t connect to my employers private network anyway.
Within five minutes of the power going out, all three of us were on our smart phones posting to Facebook how much it sucked that we were without power.
We found that almost everything we tried to do required electricity and technology:
- Cooking Breakfast
- Making Coffee
- Watching TV
- Surfing the Internet
- Taking a hot shower
It’s common to hear experts give the advice to cut unnecessary things out of our lives to save money. I started to think about what is a necessity, and what is not. Years ago people cooked without an electric stove, kept their home warm without a gas powered furnace, and bathed themselves without a hot water heater. Yet I would bet that many of us would consider our stoves, furnaces and hot water heaters to be necessities of life. They have become so ingrained in our lifestyles that they are now viewed as necessities.
So my question to you is, are the luxury gadgets of today, tomorrow’s necessities? Which one of today’s technological niceties do you think we will be unable to live without years down the road?
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