Remember when you were watching that cutesy Wall-E movie zooming around on the spaceship amidst all the horrendously fat people levitating mid-air on some transportation device?
That did catch you by surprise and a faint voice in your head told you that this would be the inevitable future of mankind. As for putting these things into perspective, it seems that age is already dawning upon us. Let’s have a look at how today’s technology is slowly taking over our lives, rendering us passive and lazy!
You want to know the Capital of Uganda? Google it. Learn a new cocktail? Youtube it. Want to have some fun? Watch a quiz show on television. Before the onset of technology, the source of information and entertainment were many. The library, for instance, was our walk-in Wikipedia, and our local brewmaster was our cocktail connoisseur. Entertainment was ample, right from reading a book and getting lost in its world, to stepping into the playground to dabbling in the environment that enveloped us. We seem to have lost that in today’s age and time of smartphones and tablets.
Running around in the mall’s aisle with your shopping cart, or just being in a massive warehouse-like structure was a captivating experience for us all. Shopping was less of a daunting task and more of an adventure that we embarked on. As kids, the toys section was our fantasy land and the grocery department was the deepest realm of hell, unless you were buying chocolates. Then, it was pure gluttony. The joy of hunting down something you wanted and holding it in your hand was a satisfaction like none other. With today’s online shopping being rightfully perfect, you can have anything you could ever imagine. The essence is gone, and so is the fascination. Another important add-on is food home-delivery. Food at your doorstep without moving a muscle. Now you know where the piling starts from?
Online Social Networking
What plans for the day
Chilling at home
Horrifyingly familiar? This is what our lives have dwindled down to. Caught amidst social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter has degraded our lives to being stuck to the personal computer where all communication takes place. The first wave came with Orkut and things have gotten from bad to worse. A generation that is supposed to immerse itself in physical activities and discover the world around them is being laid to waste with implications of social networking. The simple task of stepping out and catching up with few friends sounds like a Herculean task. What’s next? Robbing us of our reality?
“I just killed few dozen people while re-spawning over and over again for few hours”. This isn’t a Warfield, but a typical day in the life of a video gamer. Video games have been around since the arcade gaming era, and have always been a vital part of the pop-culture. But, at the turn of the century, they hypnotized Generation Y to an extent where they were less of a fun activity and more of a mentally strenuous workout that was not needed. Other than depriving people of their sleep, they have made people completely avoid the outside world and immerse themselves in a virtual reality of gaming. The situation has reached a state where people are clinically diagnosed with gaming addiction and rehabs have been set up for the same.
Are we pushing technological implementations a tad too much that we’re losing grip of reality? Looking at the world around us and the way gadgets have mechanized us into being a mental slave, we are fairly certain the future looks bleak. Is there a solution? Yes. Get your sorry asses out of the seats and start burning some muscles!