You know you live in the 21st century when…

  • …you catch yourself swiping at a printed page to turn it over, or when you check middle-top or bottom-right of the page for the time
  • …you write something in a notebook and feel horribly exposed when you can’t press Save and have it instantly backed up to the Cloud
  • …you recall how you used to get a pale tan band from wearing a wristwatch
  • …you communicate with people in the same room by Twitter or Facebook status
  • …you fuel nostalgia trips with YouTube because all of life is there
  • …you go to work by jetpack. Oh no, sorry, we’re not quite there yet, are we?
  • …you feel cheated that life doesn’t have an undo button
  • …events just don’t seem genuine until they’ve been validated by Twitter and Facebook, with a healthy dose of Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube
  • …some of your best friends are people you’ve never met
  • …the kind of conversation you used to have with friends down the pub becomes the perfect topic to blog about
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About Keith Brooke and infinity plus

Keith Brooke is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and other strange stuff, and editor and reviewer of same. He is also the publisher at infinity plus, an independent imprint publishing books by leading genre fiction authors. View all posts by Keith Brooke and infinity plus

One response to “You know you live in the 21st century when…

  • David Mathew

    That’s good. But personally, *I* know I’m in the 21st Century when I overhear people *talking* about doing any of these things (jetpacks notwithstanding). I still read books made of paper. I currently sport an anti-tan under the watch on my left wrist (thanks to the Bank Holiday Monday sun). I don’t bother with social media.

    Ludditically yours with a soupcon of humbug –
    Dave 🙂

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