It’s difficult to understand whether technology has made things easier or more complicated. Even though technology has contributed greatly in the advancement of mankind, it seems that simple pleasures of life have been sacrificed. In the olden days, man gained good physical & mental strength by doing manual work without relying on any kind of technology. But nowadays, since everything can be accomplished just by the click of a button, man has become languid & hardly moves a finger. It’s funny because one spend loads of money in acquiring new gadgets to make things easier but ends up spending even more money in a plush gym to remain active and not to mention the queues at the doctor’s office in order to check their cholesterol & blood pressure due to their lethargies.
The essence of life’s simple pleasures is missed due to this advent of technology. The delight of receiving a letter or a card by mail is being side tracked by e-mails which don’t hold the same joy & feeling because of lack of touch. In most cases, an e-mail is either read once or even deleted at the same time but a letter brings about good memories even when read in the future. Also, there was a time when making pen pals from different countries felt good and the wait of receiving a letter from them was satisfying. This joy is now replaced with social networking websites where people log in only to acquire an inflated ego.
The invention of television has really affected the strata of the family as no one has the time to spend with each other except for staring at the idiot box for continuing hours. Its no wonder that parks are being substituted by real estate projects as no one has the inclination to come out of the houses; with men busy watching sports and women their telly dramas. There has come a time where some people skip the family functions with the fear that they will miss their favourite show or a match.
The pastimes of children are now changed from playing outdoors or reading a book to sitting at home and playing video games or surfing the internet. This trend however has benefited the optometrist with so many young people wearing eye glasses.
The point that needs to be highlighted here is that even though we all are engulfed with technology all around us, kindly spare a thought that wouldn’t it be good to avoid technology in some cases and only use it when it is absolute necessary. By doing things in a more traditional way, the environment will benefit as power consumption will reduce considerably and more importantly one will be able to experience the simple joys of life which are now lost in this techno savvy world.