As the temperatures drop and the days get darker, it’s that time of year once again to reflect on everything that we’re thankful for. While “family,” “friends,” and “good health” are all givens, let’s be honest: what we really love is our tech!
It’s amazing how far things have come even just in my short life to this point. And the holidays, being a simple, traditional time of year, always stir memories of the way things used to be, and how our technological advancements have improved things.
Here are a few of the pieces of tech I’m particularly thankful for this holiday season:
Over the River and Through the Woods
This season is a time to be with loved ones. However, with family and friends scattered all over the country, it can be quite the adventure making the trek to their homes. I remember growing up with paper maps and later printed directions, and I frankly marvel a bit that we didn’t spend the majority of my holidays as a child hopelessly lost.
That’s why the first tech I’m thankful for this year is the GPS. Whether driving across town or across the country, I’m secure in the knowledge that my smartphone will get me there, happily telling me to “Turn Left Now” without a single complaint.
Is Something Burning?
I’ll be honest – if it’s much more complicated than a frozen pizza or scrambled eggs, I’m not exactly a five-star chef. As I’ve gotten older, however, I can no longer ride the college-era excuse of not having to contribute to Thanksgiving dinner!
That’s why I’m thankful this holiday season for cooking apps. With recipes for varying skill levels, in-depth instructions and even built-in tools like timers and unit converters, I can swap my usual contribution of say, the canned cranberry sauce for my new favorite Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese.
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Even with our GPS to guide us, sometimes there’s just not enough time to get around the country to see all of our friends and loved ones. Flights are expensive and traveling during the holidays can be a nightmarish ordeal full of long security lines, weather delays and missed meals.
That’s why I’m thankful for web and video conferencing apps. Whether it’s my wife’s little nieces and nephews in the Midwest or my best friends from college in New York, I get to see them, catch up with them and laugh with them all through the power of technology.
Ditch the Lines
It’s difficult to talk about Thanksgiving without bringing up Black Friday, when millions of shoppers around the U.S. wake up at insane hours for the chance at the best holiday deals of the season. While I try my best to avoid shopping on Black Friday, as a former retail worker I know firsthand the trials and tribulations people are willing to endure for a significant markdown.
That’s why the final piece of tech I’m thankful for this year is online shopping. If I can buy something on my web browser or through a mobile app, snug at home instead of freezing to death standing in line at 4 in the morning, I’d call that a victory.
What tech are you thankful for this year and can’t live without? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @writerwin!
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