Column: Computers Have Stolen Our Time

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

TitleColumn: Computers Have Stolen Our Time

Snippet: For the first half of my life, I lived without cell phones, computers, tablets and Internet. When I wanted to store information for the long-term, I either had to buy the original, photocopy it or transcribed it. This was simple and everyone could perform these tasks.

Once I had my own copy, I placed it in a folder in my crude filing cabinet: a cereal box with the side and top cut off. It didn’t take up much room, was only an arm’s reach away and was simple to use. I could add or take away things in seconds.

I had lots of free time because my access to resources and the world were limited.

In the early 90s, computers came on the scene. Advertisements boasted computers would not only make our lives easier, but do things faster, giving us more free time. I bought into this craze and by 1998, the first computer had entered our house.

I’ll admit, it took months to learn how to do things easily on the computer. It seemed I would master one thing only to find a new challenge. I kept plugging away, and eventually, I was able to do everything I wanted to.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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