The Smart Disease

One day I asked my friend’s four-year-old brother,” What is your hobby?” he replied,” Playing candy crush.” I was speechless. Today a year-old baby can operate smartphones. Since, this is the era of the ‘smart’. Everything and everyone are becoming smart like, the smartphone, smartwatch, smart tab, smart glasses, smart cars, the list is endless.

Each and everything has a few pros and cons. I’m not against smartphones, since I’m myself an addict. During the 90’s, when first computers were brought in India by Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, they weren’t so popular. They were a symbol of richness for the elite. Steadily, they gained momentum and ruled over India’s young minds. Nowadays, the competition is getting tougher. ‘Affordability with quality’ is the motto. With technology getting cheaper and more affordable, it is able to reach more people. It is becoming a global village. People are able to freely share their thoughts and stay connected through social media. Social media is also a bi g platform for people to let out their talent and get their voice heard. When Justin Bieber was 13 he first wrote a song called ’Baby’ and posted it on YouTube. Slowly people recognised his talent and he became a sensation. He then reached the AMAs from a small Canadian town.

In addition to all that, new ideas and innovations are turning into successful start-ups. These contribute remarkably in Modi’s Make in India programme and help in putting India on the map.

Along with summer comes the winter. In the same way along with the sweet side technology is a queer thing. I t brings you the greatest gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other. Hand-Holding-Apple-iphone-PNG-image[1]

Technology causes the lack of social skills. These are really important to survive in the real world because we live in the real world not the virtual one. The use of social media outlets causes us to meet face-to-face with much less frequency resulting in a lack of much needing social skills. We lose the ability to read body language and social cues in other people. Anyways, we see our phones way more than our family, friends and relatives. We are also becoming very lazy. All the credit goes to Local banya, Big Basket and Pepper Tap that we can’t even buy our own groceries by going to a store. Everything is just a tap away and ends up at your doorstep! Constantly being ‘plugged in’ and ‘connected’ causes an extra layer of stress that wasn’t present before the overuse of technology. If you keep checking you Facebook, twitter, Instagram or any other social networking site, that surely means that you’ve caught the ‘smart disease’. Not only this much, but doctors have discovered new injuries and diseases which are caused by our beloved phones or devises. One of the most common and latest is the “Blackberry/ iPhone thumb”. It is a form of repetitive strain injury caused by the frequent use of thumbs to press buttons on mobile devices from either texting too much or playing video games.

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. Cell phones, mobile e-mail, and all the other cool and slick gadgets can cause massive losses in our creative output and overall productivity. One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men but no machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. Since, I’m a victim of this disease I’ve decided that my new year resolution is to be free of the smart disease. and because this disease is so smart. Wet too need to smartly tackle it. A disease by us can’t affect us this bad. So what do you think? Are you free of the smart disease yet?

 

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