We depend too much on technology Areshni Perumal

2016-08-25 06:00


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WHEN was the last time you picked up a good old- fashioned book or looked up a telephone number in a directory?

We’ve become so dependent on technology that it’s almost impossible for most people to fathom getting by an entire day without social media, texting, Google and trending right now … blogging.

I once heard someone say: “Google knows everything”, so that explains why instead of talking to people about our problems, we blog them or how the only time you would see people running around outside is to catch Pokémon.

The development of the technological world was to assist people in their daily lives in contributing to making tasks more manageable, instead we’ve created people completely dependent on technology.

Just the other day I had been visiting a friend when I learnt she had been potty training her one-year-old daughter by letting her sit on the toilet watching Dora the Explora on her iPad - that was the only way the potty training worked.

The statistical rating over the years show that knowledge maintenance decreased by at least 40% over the past five years. It has come to the point where using a dictionary is no longer a necessary skill, as accessibility to all types of information is available at the touch of a button.

We are so reliant on accessing information via electronic means that it’s not important to contain memorable information anymore, but ask an elderly person about an event that happened in their day and listen to them descriptively tell you about what happened and ask someone technology dependant about what happened last week and they would probably have to take out their phone or iPad to remind them.

Recently, I read something which said that when people forget their phones and do not have it on their person, they often feel the phantom vibrations of their phone that is not there, much like a lost limb. This is actually a brain disorder created by the dependence and attachment one has to their electronic device.

The bitter truth is we have become technology reliant. How many of you wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is reach for your phone, quickly scroll through your feeds and then start your day? I know I’m a culprit.

I’m sure many of you can relate to what I’m about to say next, but how many times have you bailed on plans to stay in and watch an entire series marathon or a movie when you could have been at a concert, exploring the small town you live in or just taking a drive?

It has come to that.

So many people turn into introverts solely because of their dependence on technology. You want to start a war - turn off WiFi and watch people go insane. There’s no limit anymore. Watch a person react to their phone being stolen or their computer being broken.

Have you noticed how many people go to a restaurant just to use the WiFi or when planning a holiday the usual question is: “Is the signal strong and do they have WiFi?”

Since when did technology become life? Wake up people, don’t let it ruin us. Go for a run, open your windows, have a conversation with the person next to you, make memories to last you a lifetime. Never let them ask, “Will machines take over the world?”

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