We need to engage more on a personal level

2016-07-06 06:00

THANKS to modern technology, life has never been as easy to live as it is now. TV has evolved from being that gigantic thing that took half the space in your living room to being what it is now.

The modern TV can easily be mistaken for a beautiful piece of art hanging on your wall. Its high definition screen resolution gives the viewer a picture so clear it feels like you are on set watching the movie as it is being shot or at the stadium watching the game as it happens.

Channels change with an effortless touch of a button. If you so wish you can program it to switch itself on and off or switch between channels at pre defined times. All you have to do really is to relax while it operates on autopilot. It is not surprising that nobody wants to remember TV as it used to be. Something that was stressful to operate even though it was designed to relieve stress. I can fill a book about a few old TV sets I’ve seen in my life. The type that were so bad you used to bash violently on the side or at the back for them to work.

The picture quality would be so bad that to see anything you would have to stand right in front of it with the aerial in your hand for the damned thing to work. Thank heavens that time is over.

Communication and access to news is a lot more instant now because of technology and easy access to the Internet. Gone are the days of writing a letter to a relative or a friend from out of town. There was always a chance that the intended recipient of the said letter would receive it late, if at all. E mail, simple text messaging and chat apps have reduced the world to the size of a small village. Information travels between countries that that are miles apart instantly.

There’s a breaking news story literally every second and the intended audience becomes aware of it as soon as it breaks. All you really have to look forward to from a newspaper is an editorial take on the news rather than the news itself.

There is also the ease of buying stuff on the internet from the comfort of your own home in the midst of breakfast in bed. This gives you back valuable time. You get to enjoy the benefit of buying a product you want minus the stress of dealing with unfriendly or inadequately trained staff.

Technology and the internet, like all good things, can become a nuisance when used immoderately. A case in point is how addicted we seem to be to internet driven chat apps on our phones. It is uncommon nowadays to see people who know each other completely oblivious to each other because they are consumed by WhatsApp, twitter or Facebook conversations.

As mentioned before, technology is meant to improve human communication, not completely wipe it out. I think that sitting for hours on the phone has about the same effect as sitting in front of the TV without any exercise. It just isn’t good. We need to engage more on a personal level.

Zithulele Wiseman
Sibanyoni Via email

Human communication is not meant to be wiped out

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