Driving force

HOOKED:It’s difficult to tear ourselves away from gadgetsPHOTO: HUMRAAZ KHURANA, STD. X

HOOKED:It’s difficult to tear ourselves away from gadgetsPHOTO: HUMRAAZ KHURANA, STD. X  

We rely so much on gadgets and gizmos that we can’t imagine life without them

Technology has rewritten the rulebook of human endeavour. Stone Age man invented the wheel to make life comfortable. One invention led to another and soon there was technology everywhere. With the information explosion, the world is at our fingertips today. And technology has become an essential part of our daily life, replacing traditional ways. It has given birth to a brand new world — the Virtual World.

People don't have to wait for pigeons to carry their messages any more, nor do people have to wait days for a letter to reach them; everything is just a click away. Technology has increased the efficiency of every sector. Everyone is enjoying its benefits from children to grown-ups.

Want help for a school project? Want to shop? The Internet lets you do it all without you even having to move from your couch.

Educational tool

The field of education has been blessed by technology. E-learning has made education more interesting with the use of catchy images and informative videos along with textbooks. Research indicates that e-learning has increased student involvement and motivation in academics.

Technology has successfully reached millions of children with diverse needs, including special children. Just look at the huge sums parents spend on back-to-school gadgets every year!

Games galore

Outdoor games are perhaps losing popularity with the invention of gadgets that enable children to play games such as football, badminton and basketball without even having to move. Indeed, children rarely pester their parents for sports equipment; parents are now pestered for electronic gadgets.

On the one hand, we may have come closer to people across the globe but, on the other, we lose touch with people nearby. Yet, do we ever pause to ask whether touch phones have made us lose touch with real life?

As Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize winner Christian Lous Lange so succinctly said, "Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master."

A day when technology is absent will only result in mayhem and chaos because there isn’t a single aspect of life that has been left untouched by it. People do not remember birthdays, thanks to Facebook reminders! People do not remember telephone numbers, thanks to our mobile phones!

What’s digital detox?

In a scenario like this, digital detox assumes great importance. Digital detox refers to a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smart phones and computers. It is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress and focus on social interaction in the physical world. Our lives revolve around technology so much that digital detox is not merely a way to unplug from gadgets, but indeed a necessity.

The day isn't far when technology will be our master. The day isn't far when it will overpower us. But we should not lose sight of the fact that technology is like a double-edged sword; we cannot deny its benefits nor can we ignore its dangers. We also have to ask ourselves the question: In the virtual world, is the true essence of childhood, its innocence, and understanding of right and wrong getting lost?

Shruti Bansi, Std. X

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