3 Things That Have Dramatically Changed My World

3 Things That Have Dramatically Changed My World


3 Things That Have Dramatically Changed My World

I remember the days of calling and waiting on a cab.  The process of calling a cab was incredibly difficult and required one to know the cab dispatch phone number and required you to be where they needed you to be or they would drive off and leave you.

The thought of calling a cab these days doesn’t exist in most people’s minds.  The cab is the modern-day newspaper or Yellow Pages phone book.  It is antiquated.  It is not user-friendly.  It is a thing of the past or is becoming a thing of the past.

Uber changed all of that a few years ago when they took advantage of the ride share concept and took paid transportation to a whole new level.  The fees are half the price of a cab.  The wait times are one-tenth the time.  The entire process is simple and convenient and effective.  I can open the app, enter a destination and I instantly know how many minutes it will take my ride to arrive and how much it will cost.  From that point on all I have to do is wait a few minutes and joila….instant ride.

The same thing happened when Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007.  They took the Blackberry and made it user-friendly which opened the smart phone concept up to the entire world.    I cannot remember what the world was like prior to having an iPhone and for most people now days, their entire life is stored on that device.  I can access the internet anywhere and any time.  I can find directions instead of using a map.  I can settle trivia disputes at dinner with friends.  I can listen to music and take phone calls and watch YouTube videos; all from one easy-to-use “phone”.

And can you remember your life prior to bottled water becoming popular?  I can’t imagine going to a store and not having a bottled water aisle with 100 selections of water!  The thought of popping in a convenient store and only having sodas as a selection is hard to imagine, but it was like that 25 years ago.  Now clean water can be shipped across the world to any person in any country.  I see hundreds of people every day with a bottle of water in their hand.  The bottle of water has changed us and changed our world.

There have been amazing inventions introduced to the world and many have changed the way we live life.  But few inventions in today’s modern world really change the world that we know.  Changing the way people live their lives is really, really difficult.  Ride sharing, smartphones and water have done just that.  Nowadays these 3 things are commonplace, but their significance should not be undervalued.

Innovation is the modern-day currency; to come up with a concept that takes something that already exists and transforms it into a world-altering reality.  Companies are paying millions of dollars in research to try to do what Jobs did at Apple.  Everyone wants to invent the next iPhone for their industry, but few will do so.

What invention do you recall changing your world?  Leave me your list in the comments!



25 thoughts on “3 Things That Have Dramatically Changed My World

      1. I can testify to that connection. It’s really amazing. Distance literally means nothing with Social Media. Then again ,I wonder how it was some years ago without Social Media.

      2. You lost track of people. I recall reconnecting with high school friends around 2009 when I opened a FB account. Before that I didn’t know where they were or what they were doing.

      3. My high school class is having a reunion in two months , thanks to Facebook and WhatsApp. I had my first Public Speaking Job , thanks to a school mate I connected with via Facebook .

  1. 1. The home computer.
    2. Introduction of local dial up internet providers.
    3. Introduction of Netscape and Microsoft’s IE web browsers.

  2. The Personal Computer, I don’t think I could have survived grad school without the Mac I bought in 1988 and its most valuable feature, Spellcheck (always was a terrible speller). Then came browsers and the internet. Of course, back with that first Mac I had a 20 Megabyte external hard drive and wondered how I would ever fill it up. Thirty years later, the machine on which I’m writing this has 8 Gigabytes of RAM and a 1 Terabyte hard drive.

    I have, so far avoided Smart Phone addiction.

    1. When you look at the computers used to put the first man on the moon it is hard to imagine we have come so far in only 50 years or so. Technology is bounding.

      1. I remember my mom telling me I had better memorize the multiplication tables because I would never have an adding machine in my pocket. Within ten years of that, the first pocket calculators were on the market.

        I think I have to change my most important invention. What really made the differences were the transistor and then integrated circuits.

  3. Being a homemaker, the microwave (albeit a bit older than some of the newer things, but then again so am I) that made a huge impact in my world. I could name a lot more, but then I will really feel old…Cordless phone 😉

      1. Oh don’t I know it. I had a little Italian grandmama who cooked & baked all the time. She would never take advantage of the technology. She would just say yo can’t teach this old dog new tricks.

  4. I remember thinking, who would buy water? But if you’re nor at home it’s so nice to have it as an alternative to sodas. Now I just bottle my own, keep in the fridge.

    1. The bottled water phenomena is interesting. And I thought the exact same thing. Why would I buy water? Then it was revealed that our tap water is loaded with additives that are harmful.

      1. I just did a bunch of research on reusing water bottles. I always put them in the dishwasher and then dry and refill from the tap. Now I think that’s been a huge mistake….sigh…..another thing to be wary about. …

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