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My Look at Button Technology has made me feel “buttoned”

Today on Scribble Picnic we were given the prompt “buttoned”. Yes really that was the prompt. My first thought was the buttons on clothing. Then as I thought more about it I was led to think about all the buttons we press nowadays.

It reminds me of the rhyme: “Button button whose’s got the button?” But I would change it to: “Button button which one do I press?”

When I grew up we didn’t have a TV for my youngest years. We listened to the radio and we turned it by a dial. When we bought a TV it also had a dial. As I matter of fact most appliances worked with a dial.

But I do remember one car we had that had push button gears, forward, neutral, reverse, drive. It was an automatic too.

I think this video will show the car I remember.  A Dodge 1956

Then came the remotes. For TV, games, audio. And somewhere in there I got lost. It might be because I don’t watch TV very much, but for some reason I have let hubby take control of these widgets. I don’t understand why it takes 3 widgets to get up something to watch. But it does.

So I feel buttoned.

I’m pressed by this digital society to push buttons for everything from the lock on our front door, to the microwave, to my cell phone. Push push push.

Now my grandchildren have no problem with buttons. They have no fear and can get anything to work because they push until it works. They have been born into this “button pushing” world. If I need help now I just ask them.

Soon I’ll be able to get things to move, and work by speaking (Siri?) or maybe eventually thinking it. (That’s scary to me.)

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  1. Great ‘buttoned’ ideas here Janis – and your words made me think about all those other buttons in our lives. I have a push button starter in my Toyota Avalon and love not having to get the key out of my bag – who can ever find anything in a handbag anyway!

  2. I never knew they made cars with buttons for ‘driving mode’ years ago. I enjoyed the video, thanks. Yep, there’s a button for just about everything nowadays. haha Love your remote controls sketch…we were on a similar wavelength. 🙂

    1. Serena,
      Unless we had owned one I don’t think I would have known either. My sister and I were reminiscing about it. Look around you and you will find a button. I even thought of the doors that open automatically.

    1. Alexandra,
      Did you not expect that because I use the computer? Well I could learn it – if I REALLY wanted to. But I prefer to let my hubby fiddle with those buttons. I don’t watch TV anyway so to me it doesn’t really matter I guess.
      We are trying to downsize too. I’m sure it will be a blessing to simplify our lives.

    1. Nicol,
      Oh that’s a memory. Yes I remember that. Push a button and up comes the meal. That button I would learn how to work for sure.

    1. Michael,
      I love computers – they do more than just turn things on and off, up and down. I know that if I had a desire to learn about those remotes I could figure it out but I don’t. lol 🙂

  3. I agree–buttons, button, everywhere!
    We had a push-button car for awhile in the late 60s also–probably a Rambler, but I don’t remember for sure. Once I was with Mom when she backed out of the driveway, but it wouldn’t move when she put it in Drive. Tried Reverse, and it went. Drive–nothing. Reverse–a bit further back down the street. Drive–nothing! Finally, having gone almost to the end of the block backwards bit by bit, realized the parking brake was on. Took that off and then the Drive button worked! Whew! Thanks for the memory!

    1. That’s a terrific story. These new contraptions eh? Lots of fun. I guess if I really wanted to figure out the TV remotes I could. But I don’t use the TV at all so why should I bother?

  4. Fun drawings and take on the theme. I don’t have a t.v. but whenever we stay at a hotel, the remote is always confusing for me. Why so many buttons are necessary … I’ll never understand that necessity.

    visiting from scribble picnic.

    1. Juana,
      Thank you! I don’t watch much TV at all. That’s probably why I haven’t learned to use the buttons. And yes one button I could handle.

  5. Just think, some day you might be drawing those remotes and talking about the barbaric old days when we actually had to figure out which button to push, rather than just saying what you wanted to the air, and having it happen.

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