FLUUUSSSSSSHHHHHH………… It’s Downloaded.
“What is life so full of care, we have no time to stand and stare’’, as the words of the famous poem ‘Leisure’ by William Henry Davies goes. I guess today with the invention of the smartphone at whom we stare all day, even more so than looking at ourselves in the mirror, Mr. Davies would have to make some modifications to his poem. I am pretty sure even the Evil Queen from the story ‘Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs’ would have replaced her magic mirror swiftly for a smartphone.
It’s no secret that we have an involved association with technology. Be it for educational projects, social lives, recreational activities and even use of technology to organize ourselves. With the calendar, analog clocks, cameras, postcards & letters been overtaken long ago, today we even have apps for fitness, dating, gaming, tracking, you name it & it’s available in the palm of your hand. With more than 2.50 million apps available, naturally an addiction sets in and before you know it, your trapped.
At a get-together a couple of months ago, a friend’s son had not attended the party. On enquiring it was learnt, he was too busy on his phone to bother attending the luncheon. Then surfaced the real truth, he was so addicted that he has not one, not two, but 7 I-phones, using all phones for gaming and who knows for what. Being so attached to the phone as he is, it follows him or should I say he follows it like Mary’s little lamb even to the toilet, sitting there for hours on end. Unsure if there’s an app to rate how well you’ve dropped your bombs or to let you know if you hit the right notes when you’ve passed wind. We are told the addiction is so much he even bathes with his phone in the bathroom. I don’t blame his mother for wanting to look for a suitable match to take away his attention. Chances are they could both end up conversing through WhatsApp. All levity aside cellphone addiction is real, there is no denial.
How many of us are struck by the gaze of the Snake- Haired Medusa? The high- tech phone application which seemed like a pastime or aid is now the demon that has gripped us.
Blame it on loneliness, stress, social media madness, lack of socializing or just the desperate want to be loved and appreciated in the real world that attracts us to the virtual world. For the majority of us, it’s far too late to realize we’re already become slaves to our phones.
How many of us are unknowingly walking that path? The day may not be far when Alexa would replace a mother singing a lullaby to her little one.
It’s time for a reality check so as not to miss out the real joys & beauty around.
Are we using technology as a boon or becoming prisoners of it? Is there an overload of downloaded technology? The Power is yours. Take back the controls now and like Perseus, Behead Medusa.
Nigel and Abigail Fernandes