While walking down the street on a busy Monday afternoon, I noticed a lot of people don’t pay attention to their surroundings or what’s around them. They are either too busy looking down on their phone screen or are emerged in deep conversation, resulting in them blocking pathways and getting dirty looks from those who are in a hurry. You see it everywhere, not just on the streets. While out on dates or during concerts, everyone is on their smartphones or tablets. Why have people become so addicted to technology and are forgetting to live their lives and appreciate those defining moments?
I went to see one of my favorite bands last month and during the show there was a girl standing next to me (in the front row) who was too busy recording the concert on her iPhone to enjoy it. She wasn’t recording just one or two songs. Instead, she was recording their entire set. Why is that? She paid a lot of money to be there and if she wanted to watch it through her telephone, she could’ve just stayed home and watched it on YouTube. People are spending more time waiting for that validation on social media that they forget to truly enjoy those moments that define living.
“The more time we spend interconnected via a myriad of devices, the less time we have left to develop true friendships in the real world” – Alex Morritt.
When I worked in technical support, there were people who would call but wouldn’t be able to communicate their reason for ringing up in the first place. You would ask them, “how may I help you today”, and it would about 5 minutes for them to conjure up a sentence. In today’s society people are so used to using WhatsApp and sending written messages that in a way, they struggle to communicate verbally.
Early last year, Pokemon Go was released and it completely reinvented the notion of people’s addiction to technology. The game allows people to walk around their city in order to capture and evolve Pokemon characters. At the time of this commotion, I remember some people would get very angry when they made purchases on that particular application but didn’t get the coins needed to advance to the next level.
“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity”- Albert Einstein
Remember a few years ago, when smoking and eating McDonald’s were the real harm to society? They have been replaced with technology and sitting down. It has become a big part of our lives. From computers to smart watches, our love for these new technological advances has spiked in the last 10+ years but this love affair has begun to spiral out of control.
Last week I went out to dinner with a friend and there were people there who would spend more time taking photos of the food than actually eating the food. Just how appealing is a photo of sushi? Similarly, you have those people who are obsessed with taking photos of themselves while doing the duck face. If you think about it, these ‘cool’ trends are designed to ridicule us.
“I believe the day Einstein feared the most is when people circulate pictures of dead bodies of relatives on WhatsApp and get Thumbs Down and Crying smileys as response”- Ketan Waghmare
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