With an IT background (former System Analyst for a large insurance company), I very much utilize and enjoy today's technology. I live by my Blackberry, constantly use the Internet, email, text-messaging, etc.
When I left the corporate scene and began my real estate career in the mid 80's there was no MLS. We had enormous books delivered filled with tiny, grainy photographs of available homes. To show a property we would have to drive to the listing office, pick up the keys, show the home, then return the keys. Seems comical in this day of lockboxes and MLS systems, doesn't it?
Well, in spite of my comfort level and experience I still don't hold a candle to what my three teenagers know growing up in an Internet-filled world. Even though I text on a regular basis, the kids laugh at my lack of speed and text lingo. What can I say? I happen to like the English language as it is.
I was recently asked to review the professional profile a young agent had written about himself to have on his website. It was unbelievable. The entire thing was written in lower case with limited punctuation! "u conn graduate" was one example found in his rambling narrative. I'm concerned we have a whole generation of kids who don't know how to write proper (basic!) English when they need to.
But, getting back to my original thought for this post...
One thing I learned from my twin 19-year-old daughters is to never purchase anything online without first checking for available discount codes. So, yesterday when I was about to order a new power cord for my Compaq notebook, I searched online for the best available price and decided to order directly from the HP online store. I then remembered my two daughters' advice and did a Google search for "Compaq Presario discount coupons" and immediately found a link that gave me a code to enter to get $10 off my order. I simply clicked on the coupon that worked for me and it then took me to the very site I was using to place the order in the first place! The site where I found the discount code is http://www.hppromotionalcodes.com/.
So, these kids may not know how to write a complete sentence but they certainly know where to go online to get the best deals.
Live and learn.