I was at a restaurant and I saw this couple in the corner, They were on a date and both just keep checking their phones for text messages, facebook, and emails. Are we living in a world where people find pleasures in gadget instead of other people? People are meant to be loved and things are meant to be used but we are using people and loving things.
We have this gadget that can change our life, technology has changed our perception towards the world. We can use it to make the world a better place but some people are addicted to it. A 16 years old girl can send 12ooo texts messages and 16ooo snaps every month to the people she barely knows and a 40 years old man check his social media while his wife cooks dinner for him. Even if people are on a vacation or at the camp, they need cellphones to connect with the world.
Mobile phones, tablets, iPads are a great way to do tasks instantly but we are prioritizing technology over people.We become completely different person online, Hiding our emotions behinds emojis and hiding ourselves behind filters only to distance ourselves from the people we love. Our phones have already become our chain that is attached to our hand. Cellphones are first and the last thing we see during the day instead of seeing faces of people that matter.
People who use Cellphones more than 8 hours a day have no idea how to strike up a conversation in real life, They just stare at each other for a while and end up with “Say Else”. When we connect through Text Messages, We are missing intimacy with the people, we speak through texts but the tone of our voice can be misunderstood and end up having a fight with no infinite reason.
By the time you are reading this there could be 8 million views on youtube, your snap chat has 4000 score, you will get 200 likes on facebook. This all leads to feeding our loneliness, According to research, the attention of the people on social media leads to the release of dopamine in our brain, that gives us the pleasure of being noticed by someone. Notifications give us more joy than the sound of your father saying “I’m Home”. We snap and tweets and post on social media “Good Morning” instead of wishing to the people we love. We used to pray before we eat, now we are taking snaps before we eat and getting notifications from the people who barely care about what we are eating.
I remember this famous dialogue from the movie “Fight Club”: Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy things we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very tired.
The problem here is not technology, it is the way we use technology. Send someone flowers on their birthday instead of text message. Greet people before you ask their WiFi password. Spread love instead of spreading the fake news on social media. Ask your parents about their life instead of asking if they have paid for internet or not. Count the stars instead of counting views on snaps. Read the book instead of reading people’s status on social media. Take photographs for memories, not for your facebook wall. Change your life before its too late or we have generations of idiots facing their faces on their phones. PEACE!!!!