Every time a new form of technology is brought out I admit I feel a flicker of disheartenment. Despite only being born in the 90s I’ve seen technology boom around me and I’m not so sure I’m ok with that. The thought occurred to me one morning as scrolled through my phone as I drank my first coffee of the morning. I was on the internet before id even cleaned my teeth. The thought was actually quite depressing to think that most people probably do the same thing.
Don’t get me wrong the internet is a powerful source of knowledge and information. Long before laptops, tablets or smartphones if someone wanted to learn something they had few choices- books, word of mouth or first hand experiences. Today is obviously a lot simpler- want to know the who the King of England was in 1726 or how to get nail polish off your favourite dress- a few words into googles search engine and you have your answer, hey you don’t even have to type out your question properly, google will correct it. With access to so much information online you can find out just about everything with little effort, you don’t even have to leave your seat. It’s amazing that you can reconnect with lost friends over facebook or interact with someone across the world in a couple of clicks.
Access to youtube, your favourite tv programmes, films and music can provide you with hours of entertainment, and that’s great.
Technology is certainly useful and convenient but at what cost.?
I’m very interested in horror films about technology and social media because to be honest it is something a fear a little- the repercussions of complete dependence on technology. I watched a film called #horror about a group of 12 year olds with a social media addiction resulting in cyber bullying that ended disastrously. But it wasn’t the killing that bothered me it was the underlining message of what our world has become. Technology has made us more vain, self obsessed and further away from reality than before.
How many hours of life are wasted trying to snap that perfect selfie? How many of us spend our lives comparing our lives to our friends on social media ?And when sometime exciting is happening to us are we too busy taking pictures of the important or enjoyable events in our lives instead of experiencing them to the fullest.
Technology could potentially illuminate the need for face to face human interaction and that thought is scary. Technology has cleverly found a solution to practically everything- shopping, talking to friends, you can even talk to an online doctor now if you have a medical concern, all from the comfort of your own home.
How many years before real social interaction and regular human contact could be eliminated all together? I’m all for making life easier but sometimes it’s just time to draw a line somewhere.
Who can honestly say they can go a whole week without checking their phone or browsing the Internet? We are all totally dependant on technology whether we want to believe it or not.
As much as I enjoy the entertainment, easily available information, convenience and the ability to connect with people all over the world sometimes I do wish we could go back to simpler times.