Mother of a 2 year child tweets as her son dies, sharing with her friends the news. A couple in China exchanges their new born to new cool Mobile phone, 58 % Australian young woman like their mobile phone than their boyfriends . What is common to these recent news? I think it is technology obsession.
After studying computer science and working as IT services professional, I have been die hard fan of technology and it’s application to enhance lifestyles and increase productivity. No doubt millions of people have benefited due to changes brought about by the impact of technology. Ubiquity of internet, increasing penetration of mobile phones in India has no doubt changed life styles and helped immensely every section of society, rich and poor, urban or and rural. So there is no doubt that it is needed.
Now a days, however I have begun to wonder if usage of technology for improvement is moving towards obsession or addiction that is impacting our lives negatively. I often seen at parties, most people instead of having fun together with people who are present are busy talking to other people on mobiles may be other parties. Constant beeping of Blackberry has had tremendous impact on personal lives (and blood pressure) of all working professionals and their families . You are available and required all 24 hours of the day.
I remember the wonderful childhood I had when both parents spent time with us most evenings. We would cook together and eat meals together as a family . We would walk to school together (my mother was a teacher) and go on uninterrupted family vacations. May be we did not have some of the what we call basic comforts today, but in hindsight seems like we enjoyed childhood compared to the kids today. I definitely think kids today miss out seriously on all of these. Today family evenings are spent parents either surfing TV, or working on their computers, kids playing some online or video games, teenager siblings on phone or smsing, microwave reheated dinners in front of TV .
Emergence of web 2.0 suicide machine site, which helps to get rid of all social media “friends” allows you to get reality back and get away from Facebook, Twitter, Myspace et al. We all know that social media were never meant to replace social life, but their purpose was to make it richer. However, looking at the usage patterns and people constantly tweeting or broadcasting about every few minutes of their lives and very personal information, to me it seems very strange.
We all need to ponder, where is this obsession leading us.
Thought share with you poetry about my Black berry addiction 🙂
My Blackberry addiction
We were on our annual vacation, Traveling by train thru European nation
The train passed thru tiny little hamlets, Beds of flowers yellows and violets
Instead of enjoying nature’s trail, I was busy browsing my mail
Little did I realize what I missed, Until little a child came by to hug and kiss
We went to see a famous movie to the nearby theater, With absorbing story, great lyrics and famous actor
While every body was enjoying the story of princes of Marvel, Every ten minutes, I was approving budgets and travel
I was thinking of meeting my SLAs and proud of being efficient, Without realizing that I’m into syndrome attention deficient
Then in no time it became worse, When I woke up in the night I looked at my BB first
I know I am not alone paying this price, Millions of us including president Obama has this vice
Finally one day I thought it may seem be like a fiction, But I have to get over my Blackberry addiction
So I switched off my Blackberry at the night, To find world still alive and kicking when it was bright
Then on it was easy, because I accepted that …
Even 5 years ago there was important and urgent business
It got done, with nobody having BBs , mail , IMs
Bonus to the whole thing is now I am happier at the my success
And my team is empowered & progressing.