When I was alone in Germany in 1980, asking my mom for money went something like this:
Day 1: Ask my hosts if I could call home. Knowing it was very expensive (like many dollars per minute!), I’d feel very guilty. Alternately, I could send Mom a telegram which was also expensive and required my hosts to make a trip to the Western Union office in town. (The telegram would be delivered within hours or possibly the next day.) There was no faster option. If my request was warranted, Mom would ask my hosts for their bank account number so she could wire me money.
Day 2: Hoping that the money was actually wired, my hosts would drive to their bank and pay another fee to retrieve the wired money.
Thirty years later, a kid in Europe asking his mom for money looks something like this:
That IM lasted maybe 5 minutes and once I began the funds transfer process it took about… oh, 5 seconds! No charge, no mess!
Things have changed so incredibly much in the past 30 years! I don’t think our kids can even begin to fathom the immense difference in the speed of communication from when their parents were their age. I wrote about it previously here… and I think I’ll need to write about it again soon.
With details. Because really, I think some 20-something jaws will drop!