Saturday, October 11, 2014
Our obsession with technology
I was on an elevator on the way to my office floor and my elevator has a small screen where they show different news to keep the passengers engaged till their destination floor arrives. I read the news as it gives me information before I read it on the internet in my office. One of the news was that people have cut back on their healthcare and other stuffs just to afford technology. And it got me thinking that how much technological obsessed we are that we are ready to sacrifice all the necessities in order to afford the latest phones, tablets and computers and the accessories that have become essential parts of it. It is not only the hardware but the apps and other goods that we download and buy on it that have lead most if not all people to curtail other expenditures in order to be in the race to keep up with our friends’ technological advances. And I see it every day that as there are more technological advances, people are becoming highly dependent on them (I included) that survey after survey is getting released that we will want our phones and tablets more than anything other even in some cases intimate relationship. And I don’t see it slowing down since now middle school kids are getting their hands on technology and increasingly staying connected or their heads buried deep in their phones oblivious to their surroundings. We are essentially become slaves to the technology that we have invented.