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Sentenced to Life Imprisonment: At home

Sentenced to Life Imprisonment: At home
Behind the bars of digital technology...Photo by Gerd Altmann

Last half a millennium, brought us many amazing discoveries. Individuals like Da Vinci, Copernicus, Galilei, Bell, Mendeleev, Tesla, Einstein, Curie, brothers Wright, etc. devoted their lives to make present and future better for the mankind. They invented or discovered many crucial innovations, responsible for making our life much easier than the life that our ancestors had. So 500 years of researching and projecting brought us to the ongoing modern life in 21st century, and that life mostly revolves around one particular development. Technology.

Last half a millennium, brought us many amazing discoveries. Individuals like Da Vinci, Copernicus, Galilei, Bell, Mendeleev, Tesla, Einstein, Curie, brothers Wright, etc. devoted their lives to make present and future better for the mankind. They invented or discovered many crucial innovations, responsible for making our life much easier than the life that our ancestors had. So 500 years of researching and projecting brought us to the ongoing modern life in 21st century, and that life mostly revolves around one particular development. Technology.

Technology that I am currently referring to is the modern day one, which has its basis mostly around cyber culture that emerged from the use of the products such as computer and Internet. Of course, same as other inventions, this was developed to ease our daily routine which seemed to run ever faster. Communication has been made so much easier that now two persons can communicate by voice and pictures from thousands of miles away with no difficulty. Companies and businesses have also great benefits from this, as the computer invention facilitated everyday tasks. People can work from homes, and do things they actually like thus shaping their day as they want.

The emerging of these innovations have also created huge possibilities with people having much wider options to entertain in their spare time; online existence, internet surfing, a range of TV shows and series, and video games, to name a few. Invention search engines, especially of Google, brought people an option to educate themselves on any matter and find any information they could possibly need. Music and books were mostly in cassette and paper format only 50 years ago but know they are available to anyone with internet, sometimes at no cost. This for sure is not good for authors, but it fits the masses, which was exactly the goal. Newest inventions, such as social networks have a goal to help people stay in touch and also to make new friends.

As we all know, balance in everything is the key to a satisfied experience. This includes the use of otğ technology as well. There should be no problem in using technology in a moderate way, like an aid, or sometimes enjoying ourselves in our spare time. But we, as human beings, tend to abuse things we are given. And the issue appears right here.

Consequently, excessive use of the technology, especially that of the internet and social media, can now well be considered as an addiction which is mostly hitting the younger generations.

We are all witnesses of a current trend that especially young people are becoming more and more lethargic and less interested to improve themselves or to socialize and educate themselves. As already said, we have products like TVs, computers, games, which include in their features options to basically do anything you are interested in. So let’s put ourselves in a young mind perspective and ask ourselves, why would we for example, go out, to a cinema, if we can stay cozy at our home and watch the movie alone over our computer. Why would we go and play sports with our friends, if we can do it over the internet, through computers or consoles? Why would we go to a coffee with our friend, if we can communicate anyways by social networks? Yeah, looking from this side of view, their way of thinking is hardly surprising.

This could actually be the problem. Because now everything is constructed to support that way of thinking, that is, to support an individual on his/her path to become a mediocre of the modern world. Their heavy reliance on the social media and networks culminates in exposing almost all daily activities right at the moment of happening. Taking a picture of their meals, a book they are reading, or even taking a picture of themselves dressed up, but only for the picture, as they don’t actually plan to waste their time on going out. And this is how more and more people get involved in this chain of disaster.

You might ask why is this so bad and whom is this affecting? Well you see, first it’s really bad for the individual as normal habits are distracted, people do not work out or have a good diet, spending their time mostly sitting in the chair or lying in a bed. This can have a huge negative effect on the whole body, eventually leading to many medical conditions. They can also develop many mental illnesses as they are tied to their imaginary friend fabricated by the technology, having minimal interaction with real world. One other consequence could be the fragmentation of family life, as any member is on this path will probably isolate from others, often followed by quarrels and an eventual divorce. On the other hand, there has been a significant criminal rise connected to virtual activity, especially murders, due to increased aggression.

Consequently, excessive use of the technology, especially that of the internet and social media, can now well be considered as an addiction which is mostly hitting the younger generations. Human beings were not made to be sitting whole day on a chair, across a screen; throughout their long evolution, they were rather active beings, trying to survive, by using all parts of their body for many different tasks. Now if this trend continues, workforce is going to gradually decline, people will not be interested to make use of their bodies anymore, and consequently hundreds thousands years of development could be thrown to garbage. What can change this course and save humankind from losing its purpose remains to be discovered.

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