How much is too much ?
Life was much easier when Apple and Blackberry were just fruits! Einstein had very rightly said “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots”. Nobody likes being addressed as an idiot, but that’s what technology is leading us to. Technology which has advanced the most in last 20 years makes our lives easier and simple. Today’s generation has countless opportunities to learn by using technology, it provides entertainment, has made communication possible anywhere and anytime and much more. But technology is like a coin having both positive and negative sides. Can anyone of us even imagine what will happen if internet, mobile is taken away from us even for a single day? We are dependent on it; it has become a necessity. Technology breaches our privacy and puts safety at risk is known to all. Technology also affects health, contributes significantly to child obesity. Technology has disturbed our sleeping habits. It is a source of distraction and affects memory. Puts strain on eyes, neck and ears. But most importantly it takes away interpersonal/social interaction from us as well. Spending quality time and having healthy discussions with family has decreased, because almost everyone is busy with their phones even at home or glued to the idiot box. Interacting with children which is essential for a child’s development too is missing. Using too much technology also takes away the opportunities of thinking and learning from children. Sometimes people prefer to stay connected via social media only because they want to stay away from face to face communication suggesting that technology has somewhere down the line made humans recluse and less social.
One has to be careful while using technology, put the phone down if the conversation is getting too long, let go the habit of checking phones after every second, on holidays stay away from internet, put the phone on do not disturb mode. No matter how much more the technology advances we have to ensure that the present and future generations don’t end up becoming mindless internet zombies but energetic, creative intellectuals who know how to strike the right balance between use and misuse/overuse of technology. It’s important to realise that the negative effects of technology, which has beyond doubt revolutionised the world, can be minimised only if we understand how much is too much.