A decade later, do we communicate better?

It’s the New Year and tradition dictates we take stock of what has transpired the year before and make resolutions that we will probably not keep.

The end of 2009 also marks the end of a decade.

I read an interesting story describing 50 significant items that helped to change our lives in the first decade of the 21st century. It’s hard to believe that so much stuff has been added to our lives in 10 years. It’s no wonder we are so flustered, and with the addition of so many innovations geared toward communication you would think we are getting better at it. In some ways maybe we are, but the good old-fashioned, face-to face communication is no better than it was two decades ago.

Blogs, Wii, YouTube, digital cameras, DVRs, Netflix, GPS, reality TV, APPS, texting, Twitter, Facebook and iPODS are just a few of the innovations we have come to consider as essential to modern living.

Around The Circle major changes have taken place. The county entered the digital, electronic age with an impressive website. In addition, residents can listen and watch county council meets live on the internet.

Many records are kept electronically and meetings are archived in audio format.

And it was just last decade that we didn’t have to take our shoes and belts off to get on an airplane. The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks changed the way we live forever.

Just as laptop computers are beginning to replace the bulky desktop models, large flat-screen, LCD-HD televisions are becoming the rage.

Widespread use of cell phones has changed our lives dramatically. While cell phones were available in the 1990s, their use exploded in the 2000s. It’s estimated that more than 85 percent of Americans have one. One can only guess what the future holds for cell phones in the upcoming decade.

It seems like yesterday that we were listening to cassette tapes and watching movies on VCRs – and we had to check the answering machine at home to get messages from the day’s phone calls while we were out.

Organics entered the mainstream in the 2000s and changed the way we shop at the grocery store.

One can only wonder what the next decade will bring. Things like voice-activated television touch-screen everything and something to replace HD and Blu-Ray are sure to come. Computers will get smaller, phones will get more complicated and TVs will get larger. Other electronic social networking will come along that will replace what exists today and it will probably be video-based with interactive, live-stream displays as the norm.

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