Zeitgeists: ideas and spirit of time By: Mary Flagg
Growing up during the 90s I could really see how ‘times were changing.’ I went to a small school and my class was the first to have a mandatory computer lab time. Naturally when your 8 you think, ‘Oh my gosh; I get to play on a new toy!’ Much to my surprise the class focused on typing and a game called math blasters. That was my first interaction with technology. If only I could tell my 8 year-old self that it only got better from there.
As the 90s progressed into the 00s so did technology. Software became more sophisticated and if you didn’t have a flip razor cell phone you were lame and your parents were the worst for not getting you one. Texting was all the rage and soon that would be the only way that you would communicate with your friends and family. As the years went on my cell phone became an extension of my body. I couldn’t go any where without it. I needed to stay connected, not sure to what, and feel like I could be reached at a moments notice.
The feeling of needing to connect turned into virtual interaction with friends, family and even strangers in some instances. Once I got a Facebook profile all bets were off. Social media became a form of human interaction. It was my way to communicate without actually having to talk to anyone. Some would say that being a child of technology and virtual worlds would have stunted my ability to be a people person and have actual human contact. Those people would be wrong. Being able to talk to people virtually gave me the confidence to interact with people in reality. Technology helped me to become a functioning member of society. Because of my drive to stay on top of gadget and fashion trends I got my first job. That job led to college, which led me to find my passion for fashion journalism and social media.
Today I run my on website, The Fashion Culturalist, and I am the social media manager for a small medical group. There is no way that I would be where I am today without the advances in technology and how it has become apart of my life and lives of many.