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Did we become slaves to our electronic devices?

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Few weeks ago, I watched in bewilderment one of my students getting infuriated for misplacing her cellular phone. That prompted me to ask her the following question: “What would you do if you lose it and you could not afford buying a replacement?”

 

With horror on her face for the thought of living without a cellular phone, she responded “I would die.”

Of course, I thought that she was being melodramatic by exaggerating the impact of surviving without a cellular phone. However, when I posed the same question to the rest of the class, I was perplexed to discover that the majority of the students agreed with her in more or less dramatic terms.

 

To get a complete understanding of the impact of misplacing her cellular phone upon my student, I took on the task of posing the same question to some members of my family and friends.

 

To my surprise, most of them indicated that their lives would turn into a cumbersome, unbearable or a horrifying experience if they have to live without the conveniences of possessing a cellular phone.

 

I found myself asking “Did we become slaves to our own inventions of technological advances that we cannot survive without them? How did previous generations bear their existence without the conveniences of the technological advances of modern times? How did I survive my childhood without enjoying the luxury of having a television, a computer or a cellular phone?

 

Examining the issue further, I come to the conclusion that our survival instincts helped us to adapt to the environment of the era in which we lived..

 

During our childhoods, we created our own toys and invented our own games to entertain ourselves and avoid falling victims to boredom. We socialized with family and friends frequently.

 

At that particular moment, I lost my thoughts reminiscing about the old days when we gathered our elders listening to their captivating stories of heroism and bravery.

 

Can you imagine your life without the conveniences of the technological advances that we enjoy nowadays? Few would acquire the courage to answer that question negatively.

 

The fundamental question should focus on the impact of the technological advances upon our daily lives. Did they improve the quality of our lives or make it worse?

 

The answer to the previous is not that simple. They improve some aspects of our lives while they worsened others.

 

No one can deny the fact that they provided us with the opportunity to lead comfortable lives with the conveniences of using them.

 

It is crystal clear that they saved us a great deal of time by accomplishing our daily tasks electronically instead of doing them manually. 

 

They also turned our world into a small village in which its inhabitants can reach other instantly and conveniently using emails and cellular phones. The internet provided us with libraries of information at the tips of our fingers.

 

One can go on about the merits of the technological advances that we are fortunate to have at our disposal yet we should not ignore their negative impact upon our daily lives.

 

Technological advances geared us toward lethargic and lazy existence. We tend to become coach potatoes. We prefer to watch television or text one another instead of exercising, going for a walk or visiting a friend.

 

It is easier to reach our family members and friends through the telephone than to suffer the hassle of driving or taking public transportation to go see them. It is clear that gradually but certainly, we are losing the human personal interaction and touch.

 

Needless to say, the internet and other technological advances opened the door for devious, cunning and criminal individuals to hunt and find abundance of victims to prey on.

 

Finally, the internet and other technological advances helped to create societies of isolated and lonely people who prefer to spend their times talking to a machine instead of interacting face to face with their peers.

 

Of course, there are other inconveniences of the technological advances that you may come up with if you took a moment to reflect upon the issue.

 

Regardless of their shortcomings, most people believe that they facilitated our lives. They believe that their merits outweigh their inconveniences or shortcomings.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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Reply Report voice_cd 2016-3-25 19:45
we have highlighted your blog into the homepage,  thanks for sharing ideas here.
Reply Report zjjhpj 2016-3-25 22:16
NO ,the electronic devices only tools
Reply Report Chengking 2016-3-26 03:10
I find the smart phone very useful when I travel. Other than that I can pretty much do without these electronic devices.
Reply Report Jim02 2016-3-26 12:54
i think They improve some aspects of our lives while they worsened others.
Reply Report BlondeAmber 2016-3-27 21:48
I confiscate mobile phones (and any electronic equipment) from any student caught using them in my class.
They have no place in the class-room.

if you are so insecure that you can not do without this 'pacifier' in an academic situation for 90 minutes, you should return to the emotional nursery that you belong in, not an adult environment.
Reply Report Newtown 2016-3-28 08:07
zjjhpj: NO ,the electronic devices only tools
Smart phones for dumb people.
Reply Report Newtown 2016-3-28 08:13
"Finally, the internet and other technological advances helped to create societies of isolated and lonely people who prefer to spend their times talking to a machine instead of interacting face to face with their peers."

For example: There is a bench on a cliff overlooking beautiful seaside scenery. One person is sitting there, admiring the majestic view. Another person comes along and sits on the same bench. This person gets out their mobile phone and begins chatting to a "friend" far away. The chatting continues for about ten minutes before this person leaves. This person never bothers to acknowledge the other sitting on the same bench, to greet them or offer any kind of gesture. This person would prefer to communicate via a mechanical device with someone far away than with someone sitting right next to them. The seaside view is also superfluous to their human needs ( apart from a background in selfies ).
Reply Report mixamixa 2016-3-31 12:19
Newtown: "Finally, the internet and other technological advances helped to create societies of isolated and lonely people who prefer to spend their times  ...
Or the other person would take his smartphone and open Periscope app and share this wonderful view with the world.
Reply Report Newtown 2016-4-6 12:12
mixamixa: Or the other person would take his smartphone and open Periscope app and share this wonderful view with the world.
Yes, the rest of the world who is not there but not the other person who is.

Why not just live your whole life on your smart phone and have the 'periscope up' so that everyone in the world can follow your every second ?
Reply Report mixamixa 2016-4-6 13:08
Newtown: Yes, the rest of the world who is not there but not the other person who is.

Why not just live your whole life on your smart phone and have the 'peri ...
I rather be in contact with the people close to me than complete strangers.
Reply Report Newtown 2016-4-8 13:34
mixamixa: I rather be in contact with the people close to me than complete strangers.
That's exactly the point: they're not really close to you, they could be thousands of kilometres away. Just like people with dozens of "close" Facebook friends that they've never met ( ironically ) face to face.

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