When was the last time you called a friend or loved one on the phone? How about wrote them a letter?
In this day and age, we almost don’t need pens and paper at all. Technological advances have made us more connected and more efficient than ever. The whole world of information is available to us at the click of a button.
But is that always a good thing? Technology has forever changed the way billions travel for pleasure or business. Smart phones, apps, biometrics, the sharing economy and social media have, for better and worse, affected travel in immeasurable ways, from digitised room keys and itineraries to selfie sticks. Here are some of the most obvious but significant and peculiar disruptors.
Social media is gradually making us all socially awkward. It’s true. We are far too comfortable talking to people online. There’s no need to live confines of our homes anymore, or interact with people physically. Granted that social media is a great way to connect people, but at the same time, it could also be the reason that people drift apart.
Oh dear god, the Selfie. It’s beyond us how the selfie phenomenon became as big as it did, but here we are. Everywhere you look there’s someone or the other taking a selfie. With their food, at the zoo, at the movie, the list goes on. It’s gotten to the point where people are actually dying while taking a selfie. Definitely ruinous for society.
We’d Rather Record Than Experience
People are obsessed with sharing everything they do, on social media. Everyone wants to impress their friends and followers, make them jealous. It’s gotten to the point where people are so focused on capturing the moment on camera or in a video that they completely forget about the experience itself. People on vacation on a beach are too focused trying to capture the perfect picture of their feet and the beach than actually enjoying the waves themselves.
We’re In Front Screen 24×7
No matter what time of the day it is, or whatever it is that you are, you always have some sort of the screen or gadget on you. No matter what be the reason, for making calls, or passing the time, or playing games etc. At our homes as well, we’re always either in front of desktops, laptops, or our tablets. The fact of the matter is we’re always glued to our screens.
Cameras EVERYWHERE(Somebody’s Always Watching)
I don’t mean in the NSA sense, not that that’s any better. In addition to selfie crazed people taking pictures left right and centre, there’s video cameras, surveillance cameras, something-or-the other cameras etc everywhere. Even consoles come with webcams now. You never know who’s watching. While these are mostly for security purposes and in some cases it’s more than justified, there is such a thing as overdoing it. And just like that, privacy is a thing of the past. Well, not entirely but we’re almost there.
Spoilt For Options
This is the era of choice. With the reach we have thanks to technology, there’s no limit to the number of choices one has when to comes to, well, literally anything. Online shopping has taken over the world by storm and we can buy absolutely anything online. There’s options for everything, from food to order, clothes to buy, people to go out with *cough*Tinder*cough*. There’s a bazillion brands to choose from now and everything is right at our fingertips. Yes, definitely spoilt rotten.
FOMO stands for the Fear Of Missing Out. We need to be constantly connected. We need to know what’s happening at all times. We NEED to know what this person was doing that time. We can’t miss out on anything. Because if we do, it’ll be the end of the world as we know it. Hey wait, it actually won’t. In fact, I don’t think anything bad will come out of missing on a few things. Huh. Guess I was anxious for nothing.
A Lazy Generation
Let’s face it, people, technology is making us lazy. It won’t be long till we’re all fat people on automated chairs like the kind we see in Wall-E. Everything is at our fingertips; everything comes right to our doors. We don’t have any reason to leave our houses anymore. We can talk from home, eat at home, buy stuff from home, and order groceries from home. You see what we’re getting at. Start going outdoors! Live a little!
We’re Getting Dumber
Why learn anything when you can just Google it? We know that we can look up whatever we need online and therefore we don’t bother learning new stuff anymore. Even for simple things like word meanings and calculations we rely on technology. In most cases, we don’t seem to realise or even bother if the information is true or false and continue with our lives believing that what we just read is the absolute truth.
Disconnecting From Tech Is Now Considered Weird
Say you’re a nature lover and want to go on a camping trip, disconnected from the world. If someone doesn’t know about this and tries to connect with you, well they’re pretty much going to assume you died or something, if you don’t respond. It’s come to the point where if you don’t have some kind of tech, you’re weird. The simple things in life like sitting on a park bench are considered absurd.
Pritam Dash is a blogger, a technologist, and an engineer. As technology get advanced he keeps track on budding technologies, changing trends, and works to make tech-centric lives easier. He has been experimenting on web securities and the art of exploitation since long as a part of his hobby.