Since more than a decade, we are living in the era of drastic technological headway – the smart phone era. The beginning of this smart phone age dates back to the launch of cellular phones (in the late 20th century), particularly for overcoming distance barrier in communication. Gradually, mobile phones became a part of common man’s life. With the passage of time, the structure of mobile phones and their use by the common public has changed to a great extent. Now, a sleek, stylish and attractive phone with advanced operating system and commendable features has become a status symbol in the society. So, having a Bangla (Bungalow), Gaadi (car) and a bundle of do hazaar ke note(two thousand rupees) in your pocket aren’t enough to boast your plush life style until you own the most sought after smart phone. 😛
The accessibility to best internet services at rock bottom prices has lead to the wide use of social networking applications like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Whatsapp,etc. For the 21st century youth, life is dreary, tasteless and exasperating without these apps. It’s hard to come across a youngster who owns a smart phone merely for calling purposes or else, he might be presumed as a native of Area 51 😛
The use of mobile phones and net facilities isn’t just limited to the leisure of people but extends to the commerce sector also. And so, even for adults, life is now unthinkable without these amenities. However, amidst its advantages, there is distortion and denial of reality, in ways that are leading to obsession and insanity.
I am here or perhaps I’m not!
The state of being “physically” present but “mentally” absent (as remarked sardonically by the teachers) is undeniably the only escape during tiresome lectures. But it’s quite strange to see people behaving in this way, even when they are out for fun with friends or family. On a casual long drive, picnic, holiday trips or elsewhere – there always comes a moment of silence when everyone is busy in scrolling up their cell phone screens. Only then, a prudent friend or a family member would ask everyone to kindly shun off their phones. Do a reality check and ask yourself, “I go out for fun with people or my phone?”
A sociable in the real world too! Really?
Some people feel that being frequently active on social networking sites would make them socially desirable; for it is the best way to stay in touch with the events in other people’s lives. However, a sociably pleasing person in the virtual world can unknowingly become a sociably displeasing person in reality. No doubt, these networking sites are great way of interaction but ironically, in the endeavor of staying connected, we are losing connections. Connections over internet can never be better than connections of hearts. I am not against the idea of “online chatting” but only against the dominance of virtual reality over our lives. I know people who are at ease to converse on text but would otherwise hesitate to say even a hello to me. So, is this really helping us all to socialize or it’s ultimately turning us into diffident and anti-social beings
A selfie for every moment! (literally every moment)
Obsession with selfies is quite observable on social media. Besides moments that are worth capturing, some people develop a habit of clicking pictures for every petty moment. People may feel offended if you tell them straightaway that their incessant posting of selfies can tire their followers (or people in their friend list). Nevertheless, truth always tastes bitter! One would undoubtedly get bored of the selfies that are uploaded every hour of the day and mostly in the same pose. Photographs are good when clicked for keeping memories but obsession with them has reached the level of madness. Keeping your hand in a particular position for a long time in order to click selfies may lead to “selfie- elbow”(inflammation in the tendons that run along the arm from the hand to the elbow, as a result of keeping the hand in one position for a prolonged time). Although the condition is as same as in the tennis elbow, the term has now become more common than it. Besides this, there are other problems as well that can result from frequent use of cell phone like insomnia, neck pain, shoulder tenderness, poor eyesight, etc. It may also lead to serious mental disorders. Many people undergo stress and depression because of not having what they call a “perfect face” for a photograph. Moreover, people even go for plastic surgeries just for having ideal selfies. Completely insane! Isn’t it?
Some people have a habit of clicking 100- 200 pictures for every outing but they don’t realize that much of the time is wasted in clicking best pictures than making best memories.
We would surely have great athletes in the future! ( Virtual athletes, I suppose)
People proudly state that their two year old can operate their phones better than they, but is this something really to be proud of? The toddler stage is very important for a person’s development which later affects the adult personality in many ways; and handing over your cell phone to kids, just to get away with their nagging is an inappropriate way to deal with the situation. In fact, some kids are more confident in playing football, cricket, basketball and all sorts of sports online but there’s no initiative to enhance the actual skills for a game. Would scoring consecutively 5 goals in a virtual field, make anyone a great footballer on the real field, too?
I’m not being rude! Just checking up for important messages.
Being hooked to your phone every now and then can have adverse effects on your relationships. You promised someone for spending quality time with them but eventually, gave all your precious time to your iPhone or Blackberry. This could be a very rude and ignorant gesture on your part. This annoying habit of yours can result in an overall feeling of isolation and neglect for the other person. It ultimately affects and ruins one’s personal and social relations. It’s better to avoid mobile phones in situations where your chipping in is necessary in a social group or a conversation.
Another reason why technology over rules the reality is the feeling of loneliness or frustration with life. People then find relief and happiness in the world which is an escape from the harsh reality. Nevertheless, life is a beautiful gift and all one needs is the right direction, love and support of the dear ones to look at the amazing side of it. So, let’s not use technology in a way to distort reality but in a manner that’s amusing, constructive and favorable in all aspects.
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