By Intan Liana Omar
I remember my monthly family informal dinner last few fortnights which happened to be a deadly silent moment with only a few click-clacking noises of forks and spoons in between as against which used to be a gaily chatter about the recent miseries and mysteries in our lives. I couldn’t describe enough how awkward it was, very unlikely, almost all eyes were obediently engaged to the gadgets in their palms, checking on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, news websites, Foursquare, and perhaps any other possible apps available in the cyberspace. This phenomenon had thrown me into a deep pit of thoughts and forced me to think about the way technology took away close bonds that we used to have among each other, and apparently had become a disease.
Though I strongly do agree that the rapid-growing technology we have today had brought us forward to a civilisation that we never thought of before and I am personally amused with all genius apps invented which enable me to stay connected with my friends throughout the globe enabling me to witness the live updates of my friends, one cheering for his red team in Old Trafford, another one skiing at the other side of the world in Hokkaido, also those who were watching tulips in Amsterdam. But nonetheless I despise the fact that technology today is slowly changing us into being someone we were not before. Someone who does not care about people around when he can get access to his Facebook account, or someone who went pale and freak out when his gadgets are out of power, or perhaps someone who spends almost 20 hours per day looking at his hand phone that he almost bump into others while walking, or someone who would always prefer tweeting rather than talking to express feelings.
This leads me to imagine maybe a few decades from now, people stop talking to each other in real life, education may probably be only conducted through online learning, virtual social networks take control of the real ones and irresponsible people cannot stop faking identities for their own schemes. We certainly need to control the condition before it gets worse.
I guess the best way is for us to balance our dependence on technology, and prevent it from taking toll on our lives. It is okay to have thousands of virtual acquaintances, but you still need to maintain interpersonal communication with real people. Do stay connected to the online news for latest updates, but do not forget to turn your head, ask your friends and colleagues about things that are happening in around you. You can always maximise the intimacy with your beloved gadgets, but do set some time limits so that you still have priority on your works and duties. Never let technology be the silent killer of your real social life.
Until then, I might need to rush and tweet this before I forget: ‘Save me from the unreal man I become’#Intan Liana Omar
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