T – “TECHNO SLAVES”

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I see people everywhere but not interacting with each other but heads down focused on their phones. Then, I turn to Twitter and post my snarky comment about how sad it is. With everyone doing the same, I have done it too.  Our phones are constantly buzzing. The notification icon has saturated our lives – it’s on our laptops, on our phones – begging us to pay attention; begging us to drop everything and find out what it could possibly be. Unintentionally, technology has become our closest friend, the person we will do anything for, drop anything for, even break away from an important conversation to be with.

Without technology and our mobile phones in particular, we feel naked, stripped and alone. Vacations now include a laptop. What’s a trip without photos that we immediately upload to Facebook and Instagram? It’s like it didn’t happen, at least if we don’t share them in real-time. Are we really that lonely, sad and desperate for attention?

I have seen families who can’t put down their phones at dinner. Ads mock the breakup text, but we all know someone who has been on the receiving end. Work is only an email away, making time off and vacations a distant reality. Phones buzz; emails alert; but we’re never satisfied with what we get. We’re all techno slaves. One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary Man. No machine can do the work of extra ordinary Man.

Technology is a surprising thing. It  brings  you  great  gifts  with  one  hand  and  stabs  you  in  the  back  with  the  other .  You  don’t  have  to  go  around  making  trouble  for  yourself  –  technology  does  it  for  you .

Right  from  the  plastic  toy  to  plastic  surgery , and  from  a  common  pin  to  rocket , we  have  been  taking  the  help  of  technology . Youngsters  think  why  to  play  football , or rugby  outside , when  there’s  a  play station  at  home . What’s the need to write?  Let us text on the mobile/ computer / laptop. Why to read books? There are audio books available on internet. Doctors  can’t  tell  what  is  wrong  with  you without  X – rays , CT  scan , etc.

I’m  compelled  to  fear  that  technology   will  be  used  to  promote  the  power  of  dominant  group  rather  than  to  make  them  happy .  Men  has  a  moral  sense  which  animals  don’t  have but  technology   makes  men  indifferent  to  all  the  higher  things  of  life . Technological  progress  has  merely  provided  us  with  more  efficient  means  for  going  backwards  . Humanity  is  acquiring  all  the  right  technology  for  all  wrong  reasons .   I  like  my  new  smart phone , my  laptop  just  works smoothly and my  calculator  is  ideal but I miss the god given intelligence being put to work.

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3 thoughts on “T – “TECHNO SLAVES”

  1. I think that students become techno slaves too easily. We commerce students use calculators a lot, and sometimes if we forget to get our calculator to class, we use it as the perfect opportunity to use the calculator on our phones. And it’s quite plain to see, we are not just going to use the phone to calculate!

    I guess we become techno slaves involuntarily. Try as we might to get out of the trap, we are unsuccessful, only till we get absolutely fed up with technology!

  2. An apt post! I notice that people are already losing touch with writing with a pen/pencil. If technology usage goes on increasing, I fear that future generations will lose their capacity to think, compute, assess…
    Lets use technology but not the sharpness of our brains!
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