The advent of the Internet, not Sci-Fi it is real it is Wi-Fi

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 01238708

This post was inspired by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  and Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES 

The advent of the Internet certainly has changed the world as we once knew it particularly having grown up in the 1960’s and early1970’s. Without giving away my age, I have witnessed it from inception to the present day while some of the younger generations are reading up on it via Google or history books. The purpose of this post is to write about what went to the wayside, at least for me personally, so here goes.

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What first comes to mind is when I was just entering high school when a door-to-door salesman came to our home hard selling my father to buy the Encyclopedia Britannica series. The pitch was to assure that ‘his son’ would do better in school. It was an exorbitant price for entire set, which we really couldn’t afford, so instead my dad bought the two-volume dictionary. On the few occasions that I need an encyclopedia for reference, I managed to go to the local library and use the set they had on hand. The dictionaries were lost over the course of numerous moves over the years. Clearly the Internet has replaced the need for the series of heavy books; with a few keystrokes the Internet and Google can have the answers for you in a matter of seconds.

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Fast forward a few years later. As a Cadet at West Point, the Engineering Course required a slide ruler to do the calculations. But the following semester, a new tool came on the market - a Texas Instruments SR50, more commonly known as a calculator! I paid $150 for it as I was too frugal to buy the HP45 Hewlett Packard model which was in fact better for Engineering Classes.

The following semester we had access to a Computer Room at the Academy. I can’t help but laugh when I think back how the computers were taking up the entire room and needed air conditioning to prevent them from overheating. Diane shared that she worked on Mag Cards – I’m not that old!

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In the 1990’s I remember the excitement of having a Blackberry and holding a phone and the Internet in the palm of my hand.

While most of these changes are for the good and made my access to knowledge much easier and then later improved upon my client service, it has also caused what I call a society of “Instant Gratification”. At the onset, I worked with local potential clients whose needs went a bit beyond the standard 9-5 mentality. Next people from global time zones began reaching out for relocation representation to the Greater Los Angeles area, and of course not taking into consideration time zone differences. Fortunately email communications has at least somewhat eliminated phone calls at all hours. As a Beverly Hills Realtor, and also being fluent in German and Hungarian, I developed a niche for international buyers & sellers. The advent of DocuSign has also added to my life becoming easier to conduct business.

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The point of the post, with all that was gained, I feel that we have lost any semblance of down time, rest and relaxation. Most of us cannot fathom vacations unless we are certain that wherever we go, we will have access to the internet, preferably high speed at that. When my mother, father and I would sit down to dinner, there were never any distractions; while we still have dinner time, my phone is always in my back pocket. And I have become a book collector vs. a reader. And working from home is great! Unless of course there is a glitch with the Internet connection and then I am scurrying to fix it.

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I have become a better time blocker and scheduler of important phone calls. I remain a work in progress since I am always passionate about client service in Real Estate. And so like everything, everything has its plusses and minuses, even the Internet. At this point, could we ever live without it?

Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 ( m) homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at https://www.endrebarath.com I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations. Endre Barath, Jr. Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

 

Comments (36)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Brian England  lucky you, that your parents could afford it.... I had to go to the library:))Endre

Jan 09, 2022 10:03 PM
Brian England

My Mom was the breadwinner in the family as a teacher so we were far from well off but she always made sure we had what we needed.  To this day, I am not sure how she did it.

Jan 10, 2022 04:03 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Carol Williams  I agree with your point as I am writing this comment at 10pm:)Endre

Jan 09, 2022 10:04 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kat Palmiotti  haha, I was joking keep in mind Diane is younger than me:))Endre

Jan 09, 2022 10:05 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael Jacobs  indeed you are right and no I will not get a wrist phone/computer:)Endre

Jan 09, 2022 10:06 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wayne Martin  no wonder we are friends, Endre

Jan 09, 2022 10:07 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nina Hollander, Broker  I took a summer class to learn to type on them.... did not want to waste regular High School Classes for typing:)Endre

Jan 09, 2022 10:09 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog  you make it so long ago 50 years... feels like yesterday to me:))Endre

Jan 09, 2022 10:10 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Oh Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist you are so diplomatic... I am older than dirt hence much older than you:)Endre

Jan 09, 2022 10:14 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  don't ask me about Social Media:)) that is a different story, Endre

Jan 09, 2022 10:16 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  I battle that black hole daily:)Endre

Jan 09, 2022 10:16 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George Souto  good thing I stopped drinking wine an hour or so ago, I would have spit on my computer from laughing so hard at your comment:))))))))Endre

Jan 09, 2022 10:18 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Rocky Dickerson  now you do not want to go to a Library in Los Angeles it is a hangout for indigent people...Endre

Jan 09, 2022 10:19 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debe Maxwell, CRS  loved your comment or should I say comments:) I felt very honored to be nominated by Senator Lowell Weicker from CT  to be allowed to go to USMA... funny how things turn out... the class is planning their 45th reunion and with the Pandemic etc.... I will not be joining my classmates... no desire to fly or hang out.... as to writing a book you make me laugh I do not even have time to read not alone write one:))Endre

Jan 09, 2022 10:23 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Endre - when we think about having to go to the library or to mail something we can see the advantages, however, the disadvantages can be no down time.  I had a slide rule too.😃

Jan 10, 2022 05:26 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

What a great reflection Endre. I could so relate to those periods of time when I indeed did put myself into that 'zero downtime' bracket.  Which wasn't such a good thing by a long shot.  Thankfully this past 2 years I've learned to slow down once again, and am truly enjoying each day and appreciated all those awesome people around me. One last thing....and staying offline way more often now. There is a life outside of the big I :)

Jan 10, 2022 10:12 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Like you Endre, growing up without the internet allowed time to look things up ourselves, less cheating, more outdoor play time, more in-person conversations and less being confined to the computer. With so many advantages, it also has many disadvantages like you stated.

It was invented to save time but seems like a lot of precious time is wasted online! I am signing off for now.

Jan 10, 2022 12:52 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Endre Barath, Jr. - Dejavu! When I started typing classes in High School, I learned on the old Manual Typewriter. My school was frugal and it's what the nuns learned on to teach; therefore, students had to learn too! When it came to using anything electrical, schools were cautious! I remember the door-to-door salesman, i.e., Encyclopedia Britannica, etc. In those days my mother was never afraid to let sales people into our home. She never bought them but took us to the Public Library and they were FUN to read. I still purchase updated Dictionaries. Yes! I had to buy an HP45 model calculator in the 1980s when I took college courses, ie., Construction Blueprint Reading. The calculator was more complicated to learn than the materials. I still have my Blackberry but I never use it. So much of what you wrote is very relatable. 

Jan 11, 2022 08:59 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. - What a great recollection of the past "tech" or non-tech we had to deal with.  I am of an age that I do remember all of that. 

Jan 11, 2022 09:48 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Beam me up Endre Barath, Jr.  as I had the encyclopedia many a night my sister helped me with my homework with these fantastic books being a lover of history I would read these books for fun . Love your post  and the typewriter cracked me up 

Jan 12, 2022 05:36 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Computers have defiantly been good in the fact the transaction goes at a more rapid pace, however I miss the lack of personal meetings and lack of phone conversation as a result.

Jan 17, 2022 11:36 AM