Is it our Generation’s problem?
It made me think a lot
Who should we blame?
“Is this your generation’s problem?” an aged man standing beside me in the queue asked. He was referring to a guy behind us who was getting impatient standing the queue and began shouting at the organizers. Sensing it as a good opportunity I started to converse with the old man. I asked him what he meant by “your generation’s problem”, he pointed out at people around me, they were either busy texting on their phone or talking on it or taking pictures or playing games. He said “You cannot sit at one place doing nothing and want quick fix for everything (referring to the impatient man). During our days we used to take turn to call, wait patiently till the operator used to connect and talk with dear ones. It was something we used to cherish and the time we spent talking on telephone was valued. But now a days, it is like a gene in the lamp, you can summon any one any time. The value for other person is almost gone and time spent is not that much treasured.”
Those words that day made me think a lot. I am guilty of spending most of my time either on phone or laptop (Work, reading, watching tv shows, texting). This behavior of mine people might think is normal but if you start looking in-depth or think it is almost like we are brain washing ourselves. When I see kids getting attracted to glowing screens it scares me. Can you separate yourselves from the gadgets around? Have we become slave of technology?
Another thing which crossed my mind was the impatience with which we live. What I have noticed with myself these days is that, I am always looking for quick results be in work, exercise or play; almost everything. And then I realized that it may be because of the use of technology. I can get everything these days on finger tips courtesy technology, any news I need I just have to open internet, any one to contact just dial or text them, any one to meet just do a video call. Everything we have these days using technology gives us instant gratification which in turn makes me want everything quickly. We don’t enjoy the process these days (I read somewhere that beauty is in the journey but not at the destination). We are doing things exactly opposite these days; we want results not the journey. This might be the reason why I see so many people burn out, lacking motivation. Is our use of technology to blame?
There is lot of answer and I know google will do that for us, but what do you think? Let’s switch off the screen and think for few minutes…”Is your salvation day nearby?”