Modern society is stuck firmly to smartphones and it’s a vaguely depressing sight. Wander through most train and airports, we will see many people enslaved by their smartphones. Their eyes are transfixed by those touchscreen, instead of people around them.
Technology is obviously an amazing tool, it helps us to be more productive and gain so many things we less effort. However, products of technology shouldn’t take over our lives.
1. They overload us with information: Many of us think that information is true power and we feel invigorated when we are in the know. However, this may be a misleading assumption. Experts have argued that people who are overloaded with information and a wealth of choices can be emotionally drained. With the widespread usage of Internet-enabled gadgets, the modern society is awash with junk knowledge.
2. They cause more unproductive activities: Before Instagram, people wouldn’t share countless pictures of fried egg and sausages in the morning. With smartphones, people consistently report on things they buy, food they eat and even their bout of illness.
3. They destroy real-life relationship: Unless we are extremely selective, many of our Facebook friends and Twitter followers are complete strangers and not our real-life friends. They won’t come to our homecoming party and attend our funeral. With smartphones, we tend to half-listen real people around us and concentrate on tweets and posts of people we never meet. This could cause our real-life friendship to go offline at rapid pace. We shouldn’t miss out meeting and talking with people in favour of texts and images on social networking services.
4. They discourage deeper conversations: Twitter is a popular social networking service, but it’s more about brief declarations, instead of deeper conversation. Life isn’t just all about pithy pronouncements that are consisted of less than 140 characters.
5. They seem like a living being: Many people are brilliant, loving and wise listeners until their smartphones chirp, beep and ring. They’ll be compelled to answer although they could be in a very important discussion with those who are sharing about significant career change or a serious marriage crisis.
Smartphones help us to communicate with people, but the they are not human. Be the boss and take control. Being a little lifeless machine, our phone won’t feel neglected, get wounded and quietly withdraw into silence for days. Our smartphones will talk to us again whenever we are ready.
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