TODAY’S AGE: FAST FOOD, INTERNET PORN AND CREDIT CARDS A YOUNG MAN’S THREE PITFALLS (continued)

by admin on October 11, 2012

In today’s modern age we live in luxury compared to what those lived in and with only 100 years ago. We have endless food choices, places to eat, ways to feed ourselves, and rarely have to fight for anything we eat – outside of correcting the person who cuts us off in the grocery line.

On of the biggest tools of the luxury living experience we get to take part in is the blessing of the internet. I can get an in depth answer for almost any question I have by simply typing into Google. If I want to see the biggest snake in the world, the internet can provide me with a video of it. If I want to know the symptoms of a rare blood disease, I can get a list of them in seconds. I can do my banking over the net any time of the day, talk and see people half way around the world via free services like Skype and through online colleges, get hundreds of college degrees without having to leave my home.

Many of those services through the internet are free, and sites like the Khan Academy now making learning fun, easy and free. However, when I have to pay for something using my credit card can let me pay for stuff when I don’t even have the money for it. I can hop on Amazon.com and find almost anything I want, for the lowest prices, and then use 16 numbers and an expiration date to pay for it, so it arrives at my door in days. Credit cards allow me to pay for dinners, toys for my sons, and now you can even put college tuitions on there. Automatic payments charge me for my gym membership and magazine subscriptions so I can indulge in my favorite topics.

Bonuses and perks for what card I use are getting more competitive. I’ve flown my family to Rome, Italy and back, and Sydney, Australia and back with bonuses I get for using my credit card. I know of others who get cash back, and still others who can choose from a long line of gifts, just by paying for the things they usually buy with a credit card. Can you imagine back in the day when you had to trade your own goods for the stuff you needed? You had to hull the wheat your family grew, beads your sisters made, milk you milked from your cow or meat your father killed the day before just to get your bare living essentials.

Now I can go walking into a mall and get almost anything I need from food to clothes to movies to rare jewelry by using a little plastic card. Many of us carry little cash, as long as we have our debit or credit cards. They are so convenient, so small, so easy, it is not easy to stay away from them. But, just as all of these luxuries, there are downfalls… with all of these little luxuries we’ve become accustom to.

I’ll continue next week…

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