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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Smarter Gadgets and Dumber People

There is no doubt that humans have indeed evolved into who we are today. Our experiences, our visions from the past which is now our reality; and the discoveries we have perfected, all have contributed to who we are now.

Yes, we have developed ways to make our lives easier; we have developed ways to communicate more with people from all over the world; we have device ways to travel faster; indeed we have made a bridge to fill the gap between us all. However, in spite of all these things, we are iving less and less connected with each other. Are you wondering why?

Let us take a look at how those things we have created have slowly destroyed the very purpose for which they were made. Cellphone for instance. Our phones are indeed getting smarter but because of this, we are getting dumber. A cellphone is use so we get to communicate with people. That's the very purpose of it, communications.

Ironically, people are getting more and more isolated from the rest of the world because of cellphones. We go to a party but we don't socialise with people anymore because we are too focused on our cellphone screens. Wether we play games, surf the web, or do something else with our phone, the fact that it draws us away from socialising with others is unquestioned.

I personally have experienced this. There was one time when I was in the office with the rest of my co workers. The room was so quiet. We were not talking not because we were busy doing our work but because we were so busy staring at our indvidual phones.

Look at your kids today. What have they been doing aside from going to school? Do you see them talking to your neighbors their age? Do you still see lots of kids playing outside?

Let us take a look at social networking websites like facebook, twitter, or google plus, etc. Those websites were made to connect people. Yes, indeed they have connected people. They have connected people in a virtual world! How many friends do you have in your facebook account? How many of them you know personally? Do have a friend in facebook that when both of you are online, you seem so close and comfortable with each other? You talk online but when you see each other at work, or while shopping, or at school, you just don't even have the guts to talk or even smile at all. It's true, isn't it?

It seems that people nowadays are socialising in a virtual world only. We have created our own world through the internet, through our phones, through our means of communication. You may not have noticed the very impact of these virtual worlds to our own reality. But let me tell you, it is scarey.

It affects the very nature of human beings. By being trapped in a virtual world, we lost our sense of what is real and what is not. We lost our interpersonal skills. We don't know how to deal with real people anymore when a situation calls for it because we are used to dealing with virtual people only.

Our technology is indeed getting smarter while we humans are getting dumber.

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