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It’s the time to Disconnect and Establish Real connect!!
Despite using science and technology to better our lives, we are the real slaves to technology. We
indulge in the need to always have something electronic in our hands – a tool that connects us to the
Internet, our games or to our social networks. We’re bypassing the real world to get a digital quick-fix;
our work, play and plans for stress release seem to depend on a broadband connection. What do you do
most of the time you are online? emailing, gaming, pinning, reading, socializing, surfing, watching
videos, writing reviews… take your pick. Even when we’re not in front of the personal computer or
laptop, we may have a phone on one ear, and a tablet on the other arm.
Impact in our Lives due to Tech Addiction
False Sense of Connection
While the social sites connect many people but they also make it hard for users to distinguish the
meaningful relationships in real life, though there are lot of casual relationship built via social media,
there are more people feeling lonely in the real world, when people spend their free time on social
networking sites they have less time for face to face conversations and hence real connections weaken,
Despite having hundreds (or even thousands) of friends on Facebook, how many of them do you
normally go out for drinks with? And even when you do, how much face-to-face time do you give each
other? Chances are, upon sitting down and making your order, you would both whip out your
smartphones and start swiping through your daily tabs, news, tweets and messages before finding
something to talk about with your drinking buddy. Chances are, you spend more time communicating
through your friends on your phone than with your friends who are physically right in front of you. In
short, the faster you connect to a nearby Wi-Fi connection, the faster you disconnect from the physical
“Relationships are harder now because conversations become texting, arguments become phone calls
and feeling become status updates”
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Technology is a very alluring mistress. It gives you what you want, when you want it and without even
putting up a fight. Nowadays, you may feel that it can be tough to go a day without your mobile phone,
checking emails, shooting your rivals or posting a picture of your latest meal. But as we get to the
weekends, there really should be a time for us to unplug from the virtual world and get back in touch
with our physical self as well as with the people around us and the environment. Pen something without
the need for people to comment or give you feedback on it; learn to play a new musical instrument or
just grab a book from the shelf before reading up a review about it first. Go on a road trip with your
girlfriend, or kids or your mom, or invite your college buddies to go camping, fishing or abseiling with
you. Be adventurous and try doing something for yourself that does not involve signing up or logging
into a site. Leave your electronics behind or if you can’t get out of the house long enough for a trip,
disable your Wi-Fi and reconnect with yourself via meditation, a bubble bath or just by whipping up a
nice salad for yourself.
Individuals at every stage of their lives are now (over) exposed to technological gadgets. iPads are
unashamedly used to babysit or pacify rowdy children from as young as 4 years old. It’s easy-to-use
interface and colorful, entertaining and engaging apps attract the attention of these little ones, who
reciprocate with the need of a constant feed of entertainment, day and night. Try taking the iPad away
from the kid and you’ll see what I mean. It’s no wonder that the iPad can easily be classified as a toy for
this reason. Now, fast forward this situation to a decade from now. You see adults sitting around a table
in a Wi-Fi-enabled café. Chances are they are not going to be talking to each other, not in the real world
at least. At home, fights and arguments will occur a lot more often between spouses due to a lack of
communication, and it’s not going to get any better when this generation has kids of their own.
What does it means for us: We’re social beings and despite having social networks to do our social
biddings for us, you know that sometimes sharing a cup with a friend while you hide away from the
pitter-patter of the rain in a café with a nice ambience and good music can be a more rewarding
experience than you ever thought it could be. And if there is one thing that people can offer you, which
technology can’t, is emotional and moral support, and the motivation to continue striving. And there’s
nothing tech can do about that.
The author is not against the social media and the web, despite the gloomy outlook painted in this
article, I’m sure that the technology that keeps us connected to the Internet has done much good for our
lives. However, do remember who is in control and act like it. When your digital devices are taking up
too much of your life, you know it’s time to switch it off and enjoy life with no broadband and Wifi.
Photo Credits: There has been number of rock star photos where we are not able to trace the actual
owner, we respect the owners
A thought to relax and think through..are we slaves to internet!!