Yes, Virginia, The World Has Changed

sergio-souza-796530-unsplashI work in the consumer products industry which is going through a tremendous amount of upheaval. I’ve heard it said more than a few times at work how “the world has changed” that it’s become cliche to say it.

Today our chief marketing executive briefed us on what we’re doing in the midst of all this disruption. Something about the way he made his point made me reflect on how I agree that the world has changed, pretty drastically if you ask me, and not just in the way consumers shop for things today. Somehow the pace and degree has accelerated to an unprecedented level.

But what exactly has changed? And was there a critical inflection or turning point when it happened, or were there more than a few? There’s the obvious change relative to US politics. There is the aging of the Baby Boomers and the rise of Millennials. I could go on but I want to know from your perspective: what else?

I genuinely want to open this up to all of you to answer. Now I want to caution you: it will be very easy to answer in the negative, to say, “this happened on X date, and it was much better before.” Let’s try to be neutral or certainly civil in the tone of the responses, so we can hear and learn from one another.

Let me play Virginia O’Hanlan in a sense, and ask you in your words, do you think the world has changed drastically? In what ways has that happened, big or small, in any aspect of life, and what or when was the turning point or turning points? I’d love to hear your thoughts, and yes, I welcome the perspective of the global audience I am lucky to have.

Thanks in advance for your insights!

Photo by sergio souza on Unsplash

Author: silonda

I'm not your average Midwestern American woman: an older mom to three kids and married to a musician, hiding out in a small town. I’ve worked as a serious business professional my entire adult life but my soul is really an artist. Wonderlust (i.e., insatiable curiosity) and wanderlust lead me to read voraciously and travel often. The introvert in me likes to quietly observe and share what I discover through writing but buried inside is a pretty funny chick full of spunk and verve who is eager to come out and play. Deep thinking and feeling (all the feels) is my default mode and then I'll crack a joke about it. I’m constantly striving to cultivate whatever makes for beautiful and to love UP.

3 thoughts on “Yes, Virginia, The World Has Changed”

  1. Our phones, actually computers with a phone app, have made the world both better and worse. Life is much easier, from not having to find a pay phone (they’re gone anyway) to ordering anything we want at the touch of a button, to FaceTiming a loved one halfway across the world. The price we are paying for this ease and convenience is social isolation. We see the results of our social isolation in the falling life expectancy from drug addiction and suicide. I pray that we can all find the balance, that we can use our phones as a tool for good rather than having it consume the precious commodities of time and attention that we should be sharing with those around us. 🌈🌈❤️


  2. “Yes Virginia the World Has Changed”

    A few days ago I said to my 10 year old “where would we be without our phones” his immediate response was “we would be a lot better off with them!” I laughed and thought to myself…out of the mouths of babes. I think he’s right. Times have changed the world has changed and we have complicated our lives. Last month I hopped on my external hard drive to look for some pictures. I found them and thankfully my husband kept the pictures very organized but 11 years of marriage 4 kids and 10 vacations later we have over 122,000 pictures saved. What an overwhelming thought. I’m a busy working mom and I did all of my Christmas shopping from my phone this year…with the exception of a handful of items…I can go on and on…..


  3. Social media has significantly changed the way people relate to one another in this world. People don’t check in with each other as often as they used to by calling or stopping by. Children are exposed to issues, events and people that are beyond their years of parents are not diligent and aware of what they do online. People say things online they would never say to someone in person. All of these things have changed our culture and how people interact and respect one another.


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