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.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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