Have we become slaves to technology?

In the last decade or so technology has changed the way we live, work and communicate. There are so many devices out there that allow us to connect to each other worldwide whether it is the lowly computer or portable gadgets.

Back in the days where there was no Facebook and the revolution of the Internet was beginning, the only way you could surf the net was on a computer that was bigger than your house and if someone else in your household was not on the phone (that dial-up tone still haunts me to this day) but fast forward a decade or so, we can connect to the net literally anywhere (not having wifi is like sacrilege nowadays) plus we can speak to people  worldwide by just the tap of a button.

According to a study by the Children’s Society, 43% of parents do not allow their children to play outside even though their childhoods were all about the outdoors and scraped knees.

This is one of the sad things to come out of this new technology age; the rarities of seeing children go out and play, make friends, have an adventure. I remember vividly going out to play with the local kids, going down to the park, just exploring the world around me until the street lamps switched on however this seems to be a distant memory.

Nowadays children are sitting in playing on their PS3 or smartphones, getting fatter and not enjoying that sense of adventure. Only last month a child as young as four had to go for compulsive behaviour therapy because she was addicted to her iPad. It’s like we’re feeding our children technology crack.

Chief executive of the Children’s Society Bob Reitemeier said to the BBC: “As a society we are in a real quandary. On the one hand we want freedom for our children, but on the other we are becoming increasingly frightened to let them out.”

We no longer communicate with each other over a cup of coffee at our local café, we just click a button and we are instantly connected with each other. On one hand, this is great because we are able to keep in touch with each other no matter what, no matter where we are however, there’s nothing like human interaction.

We are seeing e-books take over the archaic art form of printed book, digital editions of newspapers and magazines selling better than print, it’s a scary prospect.

That’s not to say that all technology is a bad thing. It has helped us advance in medical technology meaning that we are living longer and better qualities of life. For example, who’d have thought that we would be able to create medicines that can help us cure some illnesses that years ago could have killed us?

It may be the sci-fi geek in me that thinks one day that technology will one day shut down on us or take over us humans, but I do think that we are too technology dependent. We never enjoy the little things in life anymore because technology can give us it all, in one click. I can’t remember the last time I ever looked in a dictionary that wasn’t online.

We’re missing out on the little things in life, we’ve all become slaves to technology. Perhaps just cogs in a well-oiled machine.

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