Technology. It's a beautiful concept that has changed our lives for what we mostly see from a positive aspect. However, it has also turned us into a society that depends on technology as well as one that is run by technology.
First, I must confess; through writing this, I am becoming a hypocrite. Technology rules my life as it is a big aspect of my work, University and social life. But that should not be an excuse.
I catch a train for approximately 45 minutes, six times a week. That is about 4 and a half hours per week. It's a significant amount of time which allows me to interact with all aspects of society - all ages, genders, races, religions, you name it, it's on my train line.
On today's train trip I had a realisation - our lives are ruled by technology.
From where I am sitting, out of the 14 people I can see, 13 of them are using their phones, whether it is for listening to music, calling someone or simply reading something, they are using some form of technology to do it. One couple are both using technology devices while in the company of each other. Now I know they are a couple due to his affectionate touch towards her, however, she continues to work on her laptop while he reads his phone. No conversation between them. Just a touch.
It is rare to see someone sit down on a train and look around them. Or even better, have a conversation with someone completely new.
We have become a society where we are obsessed with technology. We cannot leave our homes without our phones. Concepts as simple as watches have become digital which can now count your steps and record your heart beat. The possibilities are endless. Yes, these things can be handy, life saving actually, but in times where things are not critical, why are we so attached to them?
My biggest pet peeve is when people use their phones while being in the company of family or friends or just in any social situation. It is common for me to go out for coffee or lunch with a friend and at least six times in the maybe hour and a half catch up, the other person will check their phone, reply to texts or simply scroll down their Facebook feed. Now I could simply be a very boring person to socialise with, or we are are technology dominated society.
I'm not just talking about just our phones either! For my job, part of my role is to be a medical receptionist. I can tell you first hand that when the internet and phone systems go down, it is not a small issue. We have no idea who is turning up for the next appointment, we have no access to previous records or even if anyone would like to book a new appointment. Now don't get me wrong, using technology at my work is amazing as it allows us to have information at both the locations that my work operates in. However, it has its down side... literally.
Although we invented technology, we have become controlled by it even though it should be the other way round.