Technology is making humans replaceable. Be it in terms of speaking, listening, communicating, connecting, decision making, requesting, etc. all human jobs are being slowly taken over by machines.
Earlier, there was a simple phone for keeping in touch with friends and family. It led to evolution of newer technologies of laptops, smart phones and now we also have smart televisions, smart refrigerators, smart cars, smart cities and even smart wearables like smart jackets and shoes.
A normal individual is known to spend close to 4 hours of their time (within a 24 hours day) on one or the other technology gadgets; browsing just for fun, entertainment or maybe just for the heck of it (work hours on laptop or phones are separate)!
Our work life is ruled with technology gadgets (phones, laptops, etc.)!
Our personal life cannot do without technology (A.C’s, heaters, air purifiers, phones, television, social media, etc.)!
Our lifestyle cannot do without technology.
Though developed with the idea of making our life and lifestyle simple; they have rather seem to make things more complex as humans seem to run in a virtual rat race in order to have the buying prowess of owning more and more of these gadgets itself. After all, the iPhone9 led to the launch of the iPhone10 and so on.
Think about this, ‘Are we too dependent on technology?’
The answer herein is a straight and simple ‘yes’.
There are a plethora of Artificial Intelligence, deep learning, big data and other evolving technologies based gadgets all around us. Robots shall soon be taking over all labour-intensive tasks done by humans today.
They are already a part of the , and are soon touted to become the most employable population for businesses worldwide(with their diligence, accuracy and untiring functionalities). But, what we seem to neglect is that fact, that this technology shall also render millions unemployed who would not know as to where to get their next meal from? So, are we smart or unsmart in promoting their overt usage?
Have a look at the kids of today’s generations. The earlier ones used to play outside in physical gardens, games that involved physical exercise and mental competition. Whereas, the kids of today are mostly seen playing online games, that tends to make their minds weak, less creative and tired all the time. Overuse of technology also is known to be harsh on human eyesight and mental tiredness.
Think about this:
- In earlier times, entertainment was mostly limited to things like going out to the circus, to a play, or to have dinner with friends.
- These activities brought friends and families closer. Whereas now, everyone watches their personalized content on their own mobile apps on their own smart gadgets. The families seem to be in fact, growing apart; thanks to overuse of technology.
- ‘Orkut’ and ‘Facebook’ were created with the intent of connecting people and helping them stay in touch initially. With more than half the world population being their subscribers, this is now the way businesses connect to their customers, making the whole world come together as one family.
- Earlier, humans used to walk for scores of kilometers, within a span of days altogether. There was a limit as to how far they could travel as it required a lot of physical strength and stamina.
- These limitations have been dissolved viz-a-viz the various automobile options we have these days. GPS systems enable us to find the ‘correct way’ by all means and airplanes, etc. ensure that humans are able to span scores of kilometers within minutes.
- We have even reached other planets and the moon as well, in our quest for more technology developments and newer lands to conquer.
- Earlier, the only options to communicate included face-to-face interactions or letters at most, which would take days to reach their destination. With the advent of technology, communication became easy and instantaneous through telephones. Telephones gave way to smartphones. Now, owing to onshore and offshore mobile app development; NLP based chatbots can easily understand and participate in human conversations.
- Starting a business cost has lowered down. Earlier, business development required a physical space, its development funds and maintenance staff to manage them all. They all had designated salaries, funds or lease requirements.
- With technology, business spaces have been taken over by mobile and web apps in the digital markets now. As the development cost and the cost of maintaining an app is significantly lower than maintaining a physical store; the overall business development cost is comparatively less.
These are very few technology based instances that have transformed the way we live and do things. But, the issue herein is that, have you overdosed on technology yet, or not. If you are:
- Over Dependent on the internet to look for answers, entertainment, learning, etc. and shall prefer going to a wi-fi space during internet outages/
- Always on your mobile phones or laptops, no matter what time of the day.
- If your phone is your first go-to gadgets, when you have just woken up
- If you have a screen closeby, when you go to sleep
- If you record, anything and everything
- If you look for your mobile phone once in every 10 to 15 minutes, even without a specific rhyme or reason.
- Deprived of sleep due to elongated screen hours
- If you feel a lack of focus and creativity
- Mostly at home, with a gadget in hand
- Your social skills are deteriorating by the day
My friend you are at high risk of overdoing things with technology and its gadgets.
If more than 60% of above questions were truly answered in ‘yes’ by you; my friend you need a serious technology detox,; i.e. some hours away from all technology based gadgets to feel like a human again.
Technology is good. But, an overdose of technology tends to take away ‘human’ from human beings; with lack of creativity, focus, human-to-human interactions, family connections, etc. So, once in a while keep away from all these gadgets to experience what actually matters, i.e. family, friends, health and happiness.
Summary: Most of us are technology addicts. With mobile apps tracking our heart rate, walking speed and even thought processes and mobile apps being tracked by technology; we are more likely to become slaves to technology rather than the other way round.