For many generations, nostalgic memories would have encompassed a time when playing with friends didn't mean Fortnite—but long days outdoors, playing cricket on a quiet road, running amok around sunset streets.
This week, reading that Spotify is offering curated playlists synced with your DNA through a new partnership with Ancestry.com, it made me think of a different type of nostalgia—the nostalgia for an Internet of yesteryear.
Do you remember unplugging your home phone for the excruciating wait to connect to dial up and chat to friends on MSN?
What about CDs? Can you believe that barely 10 years ago, we were buying CD singles for $5 a pop?
Do you remember having to wait hours to download just one song, then the tedious task of transferring it to your chunky MP3 player, which could only hold 50 precious songs at a time?
There was something about that activity where the result felt earned...triumphant, even.
Now, we have every song ever written literally at our fingertips, on every device we could desire, for a cost of next to nothing, and we don't have to wait even a second for the music to play. We can connect to speakers all around us, make music to match our mood or running pace, and see what our friends are listening to in real-time.
There is a unique nostalgia felt by just one generation—mine—which grew up with an imperfect Internet.
The Internet of our time was one that was teething, unsteady on its feet, and threw frequent tantrums. No products were compatible with anything else. Everything took forever. It failed fast and failed frequently.
Generations before ours grew up without any Internet at all.
Generations of today and the future will grow up with an Internet replete with ease, convenience, speed, luxury and novelty—syncing DNA with our music taste, indeed—that boggles my mind every day.
You can read more about the most recent generation and their complex relationships with technology in Hotwire's new report, Understanding Generation Alpha.
What would your music selection sound like if it reflected every last bit of your genealogy? Ancestry can tell you... if you're willing to shed some control. The company has partnered with Spotify to offer custom playlists based on your genetic heritage.