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Late to the Party: Why I Care About Technology

Entering law school as someone over 35 as opposed to under 25, I consider myself a late bloomer. This often has me feeling like the unfashionable old person at the Jonas Brothers concert. Do kids these days still like Jonas Brothers? I think we are liking them separately now rather than as a “brothers” unit, but you get the point. The 10 or 15 years that I lived my life before my peers were born were years before the internet was readily accessible to the average person.  I remember using floppy disks in elementary school to play Oregon Trail when the ox and squirrels were nothing but green pixels on an all black screen.  In 8th grade, I was using the card catalog to find books in the library for projects. I was fortunate to have my own set of Encyclopedia Britannica since Google was not yet created.  Many of my high school  papers were typed on a word processor.  I didn’t have my own cell phone until I was 18, and back then the coolest feature you could really have on your phone was the ability for it to…. wait for it, FLIP CLOSED. I will admit that hanging up on people was a lot more satisfying back then. Anyway, the point is that many of my classmates have grown up in a world with the ability to access the internet and its immeasurable amounts of information. They came of age when phones became handheld computers and most households have at least one computer.

The difference in our comfort with technology is painfully noticeable come exam time, when my colleagues are typing at twice my speed. They just get around web pages and computers so much faster than I do. This can be further demonstrated by my niece who can figure out  an application in nearly half the time I can and without her ever referring to the “help” settings. It is as if her exposure to technology at an early age (essentially birth in her case) has made it so that for her, these technologies are intuitive. Which in turn makes me ask, what is her brain doing differently than mine?  I imagine that technology and the use of technology that in some ways creates short cuts for tasks, helps shape our brains to take more leaps of thought. Where my Punky Brewster and Cabbage Patch brain is scanning the screen, carefully reading all the text and looking for a clue as to what to do next; my niece has started the game, created a character, and finished the first round. She intuitively knew where to click and what to do which allowed her to get ahead.

We are all aware that technology is by no means going away.  The advancements are extraordinary and there is nothing that technology has not touched, from agriculture to the law. With the landscape of our world being changed regularly by these advancements in technology, I do not want to get left behind my peers. I want to be able to provide the best service for my clients which involves utilizing technology efficiently while maintaining best practices. It also requires a retraining of my mind to be able to take more leaps. This technological intuition is something that I believe can be taught simply by repeated exposure to new technologies. Get into new applications and explore. Start a YouTube Channel or an Instagram page so that you can begin to see how these platforms work.  I should probably start with a typing application.