IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY | Hind
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Digital Humanitarian, ever heard of this term? Anyone can become one, experience isn’t a necessity, all that is really required is a big heart and of course, internet access.  As far as social media is concerned, there are more than a billion users on facebook. The volume of “social sharing” on Google+ would take over Facebook’s, in the coming time. In the meanwhile, Twitter has about 200 million users, a figure which almost doubled in 2012, hence, making it the fastest growing network currently. Whatsapp has close to half a billion users who post more than 50 billion messages in a day, a stunning figure that exceeds the total SMS sent worldwide each day. Instagram has approximately 150 million users, posting about millions of photos every month. Youtube has about half a billion unique users, with 100 hours of new video footage added to their site every minute.  A lot is shared and there is no disputing the fact that it helps, to a large extent. Sharing one of the many  positive aspects of technology would be the natural disasters.

We shouldn’t be surprised to learn that major events and natural disasters like hurricane and earthquakes have an immense impact on our new digital nervous system. Disaster affected communities should be now termed as digital communities. People turn around to social media while communicating during a disaster and also use these to self-organize in response to crises more efficiently. Technology has really served its purpose well. There are uncountable instances of  how technology has developed overtime and tremendously aided us. By one click of a button, communication is made, information is delivered and read, work is done, help is reached, faster and better.

Technology is a wide term and obviously doesn’t confine to only social media as we all know. The way technology has eased us, I feel, is worthwhile as whole. From hand fans to ceiling fans, from cycles to cars and metros, from letters to e-mails, from radio to television, and from what to what not, technology is never ending. Today, life is simpler, communication barriers have diminished, life is faster, life is…. Happier….or, is it?

Technology, or shall we put it as, ‘tech-no-knowledge?’ it might not be making relevant sense just as we read it but engaging a wee bit more, would we understand what I mean by the break up and a little improvisation, which I would call it, a bit of my creative mind  which is left and would soon fall in the category of non-existence. By ‘tech no knowledge’, I aim to point out the ignorance of the knowledge and utility of one’s creativity being present manually that once existed grander than today. The human mind is intelligent, intelligent beyond it’s own knowledge of the word intelligent, hence, there is technology.

Today, technology has made its place so firm in our lives that it seems impossible to sustain ourselves without it, even while doing our daily chores. Life would be slower, just slower. Many issues have stemmed up from the over usage of technology and concerns have been raised, especially in terms of development of a child. About two decades ago, children would be seen playing outside the house with ‘real’ and not ‘virtual’ friends.  Mastering the art of imaginary games, children, then, were the creators of their own play.  There is a dissolution of core values which back then knitted the families together. There has been a rapid enhancement of entertainment technology that families have hardly viewed the dearth of integration of the family. Children as well as the adults, are glued to their televisions, mobile phones, I pads, social media, etc till an extent that the essence of the real world is gone off too far to come back. Of course, by reality, I don’t mean to state that people today don’t know the idea of socialising and embracing the real emotions anymore but only, the difference is extreme.

Digging deeper into the details of the impact technology has on the youth, would lead us to understand that there is an upsurge of physical, psychological and behavioural disorders that the health and education systems are just beginning to detect.

The quality time which was once spent, maybe playing cricket outside which not only was fun but along with it was enough a physical exercise, is now spent playing candy crush saga on the mobile phones, clearly fattening. There is a need to tell the world what we are upto, social media, portrays only the virtual happiness across. Well, in school, we were taught, ‘thank you god for the food we eat’ before starting our meal, but social media taught us to click a photo of the delicious meal before we even touch it, edit it, make it look what it really doesn’t look like, tell the world how yummy it is and then finally eat some. I understand that sharing what is happening in our lives with others isn’t wrong, but, no one really wants to know where are you checked in currently, what colour dress you just bought, who was the long lost friend you bumped into and created a breaking news on Facebook, if you bought a talking parrot, where you are partying and why are you so sleepy.

There are new social realities created by technology, each technology affects our social skills. Overcoming a sense of isolation is a major feature of the virtual world but do we realise how isolated we really become in person in the process of only pursuing online social connections?

Exposure of content being viewed on television, directly affects peoples social lives. To site an example, viewing sexual content on television could lead to teenage pregnancy. The effect technology could cause us in a way is only dependent on how grossly we make use of it.

The solution is actually extremely simple, striking a balance could curb the negativities in a spur of a second. Excess of anything and everything is not healthy. After all, there are two sides of a coin!

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