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August 26, 2013

I Wonder?

by The 401k Study Group ®


Can you wonder out loud anymore? Can you sit at table with a group of friends and actually do that without someone pulling out a smartphone and finding the answer?

When did we move from “breaking the ice” to “just the facts mam”?  Don’t get me wrong having a wealth of information, weather, stock prices and breaking news at my fingertips is quite amazing and useful. But I wonder what has happened to speculation and conversation amongst friends.

Here is a typical conversation in homes across the country:

Son to Dad:         Dad how much do mini-bikes cost?
Dad to Son:         Not sure buddy, why do you want to know?
Son to Dad:         Can you just check for me?
Dad to Son:         Not right now, but I can do it later?
Son to Dad:         But you can just do it on your phone.

The child is correct.  Maybe the parent does not have time, or maybe they are just deflecting.  In either case our children have realized that the answers to almost all of the pressing questions of the day can be answered without too much hassle.

What a world we live in where access to information is readily accessible.  The next question for me is what is next?  Can I just shoot the image to a 3-D printer and have it appear?

How far away are we from the self-driving car and the instant Thanksgiving Day Feast?  Maybe we should keep The Jetsons away from our children,  or maybe not?

Image courtesy of Boians Cho Joo Young at

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