It's like they were in a time warp
We all forget how much the world has changed in just 20 years. From telephones on the wall to the entire internet in your hands, we’ve begun living in a completely different way than we ever have before. According to prisoners who had to learn this new way of life after the changes took place, people are less kind, more isolated, yet more virtually connected than ever before.
Here are their other observations.
The world just seemed to get bigger and faster, and a lot ruder. It was odd that some of the nicest people I know were inside of prison, yet I get out, be respectful and ask questions, and I’m looked down on or shunned and judged before I’m able to complete a sentence to someone. It’s odd how prison politics teach you manners, but you get out and manners are out of the window with the world you live in.
I remember spending days and days on YouTube, just amazed at how much stuff I could look at for free, that years ago, I would have to pay a lot of money to get VHS tapes for.
Also, how when you apply for a job, a halfway home I lived at, ordered us to be out of the home a few hours a day to go out to look for work. Well, everywhere I went, said nothing was done in person and everything was now online. I’d go back to the halfway home and tell the head of it this, and I’d be accused of just wanting to stay back to “play on the computer.”
It took a LONG time to find a job, and these places didn’t help, and the parole office not having an employment center like they did in the ’90s for those who were looking for work, really put a damper on everything, and led to me relapsing and repeating old cycles. (100PercentRudos)
A Little Too Easy
People had cellphones in prison so the technology isn’t a huge change, but I think how accessible everything is because of tech is something I will never get used to. Two nights ago I bought a prepaid debit card just to order a pizza online from a Dominos two blocks away. I thought that was pretty cool. I want to try Uber next, no reason why.
I think I hate talking on the phone. Either I’m just really happy to be out, or everyone else seems some sort of shade of miserable now. Maybe because it’s winter or something, I don’t know, but everyone looks unhappier than they did when I went in. I stopped by this basketball court/park I used to play at every single day almost from the time I could walk until I was 18 and it’s just empty now.
I don’t live in a big town or anything, but there used to ALWAYS be people walking on our “main street” downtown with all of the stores and stuff… and now there are like no stores and nobody walking around. That was a bit sad. (MSpicer01)
Videos for Everything
I only did a few years, but I remember trying to explain to someone what YouTube was. He came over and asked me; this was in 2013 and he was locked up in 1998.
I explained how he can watch old live concerts people had recorded decades ago, or how he can go behind the scenes with different famous people, to the documentaries, and talked about the self help videos for basically everything… The more I explained it to him the more I realized just how crazy it is that it exists. (13times5plus4)