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IN Science & Technology ON 11 Jan, 2016
Technology has provided us with a relatively comfortable life. Instead of walking far distances, we have automobiles and fast trains. If we wanted to travel the world, there are airplanes and even private jets if you are incredibly rich. Basically, technology has become a part of our everyday lives. From how we listen to music to how we communicate with each other, technology has given us new and easier ways of doing things.
Sadly, there are also negative aspects of technology. Sure, we have been able to find our friends and relatives thanks to Facebook, but what if the social network has consumed our waking hours? I know a lot of people who cannot sleep without their smartphones near them, just in case a notification from Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram appears. So here's a simple message for everyone: use technology to develop relationships with others, do not use technology to be alone and ignorant of the warm, comfortable feeling of personally talking to each other.
Back then, we simply ordered our meals and then consumed them. Now, meals are presented as art for people to take photos and post on Instagram. It's nice that food now looks more delicious, but sometimes taking the photo takes too long and worsens one's hunger.
Back then, you could have easily said that you were feeling unwell to your boss so that he would give you a day off. Now, he can just go to Facebook or visit your Twitter account to verify your reasons. Why is this a problem? Well, it's because employees get that feeling that they just do not want to work sometimes, even if they are not sick. And even if they are not unwell, it would be difficult now for the bosses to understand one's emotional or mental stress.
Going to the beach is such a nice activity to do in summer. Likewise, going inside caves and climbing a mountain are definitely exhilarating activities. While these activities are okay to capture using a camera every once in a while, documenting everything kinda ruins the moment. The memories have more value when the photos are fewer and when you think of them to get that nostalgic, warm feeling.
Back then, first dates were truly a first because they would often mean that two people would meet each other for the very first time. Now, it would seem that people have already known the other person's name, hobbies, work, and favorite color thanks to the internet.
Even if you decide to go to the bathroom to urinate or whatever, you probably take your phone with you so you can never miss out on anything. And that's problematic because people need to have their alone time every once in a while. You should be able to reflect on yourself, free from any form of technology constantly distracting you.
When two lovers agree that they are finally in a relationship, it should be a contract mentally noted by each person. Marriage proposals also become official the moment they are done. Likewise, being pregnant is also official once it is known through a pregnancy test. But now, some people feel like they should add a Facebook milestone to make things official. As if a website has to make things more important for you.
There are terrible things in the world that elicit such sorrow and despair in each and every one of us. However, some events become shared too fast on social media that people who should not know about it suddenly see it on their newsfeed. If a family member died, a relative should be the first to contact other relatives. But now, it seems like there is a race for everyone who knew the issue to call the relatives. Imagine if your lover passed away and some person you barely know on Facebook is the one who informed you about it first instead of your lover's family? Doesn't that seem unnatural? It ruins even our capacity to weep.
Because there are many apps and options now to simply chat with people, calling seems like an unnecessary thing to do for some people. Since they can just reply when they have a right response through a text, they dislike calls, which are sometimes undesirable especially when it is difficult to hear the voice of the other person.
Family reunions should be special because everyone is together, but with each person holding tablets and smartphones, it would simply seem like a technology conference. Even meeting up with long lost friends just end up being two hours at a cafe to look at each other's profile pages. Isn't it ironic?