I grew up in the 90's when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles didn't look angry (compare the old and new TV versions). Most of the toys I got at Christmas did not have a remote control or a liquid crystal display. When I went round to my grandparents to hang out with all my cousins, we played in the garden, not in front of a Blu-Ray player watching a rated 16 film. And if I wanted to learn guitar I had to figure it out without the internet. Today, 99% of young people that pick up a guitar expect to be able to play a handful of complicated songs within an hour without learning how to tune up.
If we wanted some new music we wouldn't come to Y!A and ask other people 'I like this, can you tell me what else is good'. Me and my brother waited for the UK Top 40 each week, with a blank cassette in the tape player and a finger primed and ready to hit play and record.
Technology is great but our reliance on it is crap; if you transcribe a song a day on your own, 500 songs later, playing a guitar will be as intuitive as whistling. If you look for your own new music you will enjoy more genres and your music collection will snowball.
If you want to get fit, run for half an hour, don't buy an iPod Nano, Nike Fit and a pair of Nike Fit compatible trainers and not do any exercise while you wait for your order to arrive.
Do you think this is a result of all the technology that has been created over the last decade, or does it go much further back? I can't imagine my dad ever cut corners when he was a young lad learning Apache by The Shadows, and Usain Bolts first experience with sports technology was probablly a waterproof stopwatch.
What do you think?