Technology has simplified and sorted out my life. I don’t need to stand in long queues to cash a check in the bank. I don’t have to walk down to a store to pick up groceries - I can just order them over phone or online. I don’t need to sit at one place to do work - I can carry my files anywhere in a pendrive. I can carry enormous amounts of data and information in devices that are increasingly becoming smaller and easier to carry. I don’t need to carry different things for different purposes - one phone combines a camera with a music player, voice recorder, internet, maps and a notepad.
Because technology helps me save so much time, there’s that much more time available for other things. Whether it’s playing an online game, listening to music or simply watching a TV show, technology has changed even the way entertainment is consumed. Now, we can pick and choose what we want to watch, how we want to watch it and when we want to watch it.
Technology has brought everything within our reach. Exchanging thoughts with a person on the other side of the globe isn’t going to strain our pockets. Best deals can be sought online for almost anything under the sun. We don’t need to join some expensive aerobic class when we can learn the same from a good fitness video. I can find more choice and a cheaper alternative for almost everything.
Technology gives us options, flexibility and choices so that nothing can put a brake on our lives. The reason why our lives have become so fast paced is because technology has helped remove any constraints that slow us down. I get in a cab first and then figure out the address for where I’m headed. The place for dinner is decided after everyone has left home. Movies and TV shows are watched not only in the house or theatres but also in the trains, buses and planes.
Technology has turned us into neurotics of sorts- we want everything and we want everything NOW! Everything has to be quick, fast and easy. Your Facebook picture gets updated as soon as you hit a holiday destination. Your friend messages you thrice even if you are two minutes late for a lunch. You start fiddling with the phone as soon as a message is sent. A late reply means your boyfriend is losing interest in you. Technology compels us to seek instant gratification from everything and everyone.
Technology adds pace to my life. It saves me time on one hand but gives us so many options to kill time that we end up having less time. However, because everything is quicker and faster with technology, we can do so much more in the given time. By saving time on doing things that are routine, mundane and boring faster, I can spend more time on things I love to do- reading, watching TV, gyming.
Technology truly empowers us. It can be through a physical medical support for someone in need - like a prosthetic leg or a hearing aid - or by simply allowing people to do things or be someone they want to be. I can be a sharp, well equipped fighter when I play counter strike. A strongly opinionated person that I might not be in real life. Or, even a completely different version of myself on a dating site.
Whether it’s making last minute changes in a presentation, catching up with the latest trends, or extrapolating experiences from others, technology has always risen to the occasion. It makes me more efficient and effective. I can multitask - manage a sales force on the ground, conduct research, even take a quick ‘angry birds’ game break to refresh my mind – I can do all this and more without actually going anywhere.
Technology has become so integral to my life, my form of expression and my way of being that it’s really become an extension of my self. Even the thought of parting with the phone or living without internet is painful and unthinkable. In the future, experiential technology using artificial intelligence won’t even need our command to do something for us. It will map our lives, assess what we like and accordingly act on its own.
Technology makes me feel that I’m in charge of things. I am at ease while navigating in an unknown place. I can learn what the exotic menu items of a fine dining place are actually made of, find out the timing of the next train home and watch the trailer of a movie as soon as it’s released.
Technology helps me connect with people instantly and get their reaction on things- clicking a picture of a new dress at a mall and asking my friends if I should buy it, reading the reviews of the movie before buying tickets, checking the ratings and conversations happening about different courses, colleges before applying for them. It extends my possibilities and this collective judgment helps me make the best choice.
Technology helps us believe in endless possibilities- what was fiction at one point of time is reality now. Apple is coming out with 3D gesture control technology. That would have been considered pure fiction a decade ago.
Exposure to the world, different economies, cultures, and mindsets ends up making us more ambitious. We are more conscious, more aware, more socially responsible. We just want more and more and more...
Technology helps us gain a larger perspective on things, have an open mind and increase our knowledge base manifolds. Today I have access to any information at my fingertips quite literally, something which was just a wish before the advent of the World Wide Web. For every walk of life, in every thing we do, whatever information we need (whether it’s the recipe for ‘chicken dum biryani’ or best places to see in Thailand or the latest fashion trends) is just a click away.
Technology has shrunk the world, brought people closer and improved connectivity in a way that was unimaginable earlier. Going away from home used to be a big event. A traumatic experience. But now, every place becomes our home because home is just a call away. Long letters that were exchanged with friends every month have been replaced by two line chats every minute. Whether you are in office, at home, on a holiday, in the gym, or at a club, you are always connected!
While technology is closing in the physical distance, it’s creating new emotional distances. People are increasingly being treated like gadgets (you lose interest so you move on), while gadgets are being given the love and care that was earlier reserved for our closest friends. Super connectivity is making people too accessible and therefore relationships are becoming jaded too fast. You feel like you know everything about the other person, what else is there to know? Here, technology comes to the rescue and wipes out this boredom by connecting you to other sources of entertainment and fun (other friends, games, movies etc). Thus, while technology is becoming personalized and personal, it’s making human beings impersonal.
Technology is all about making life easier. And us lazier. Why should I travel all the way to meet my friend when I can get updates and even see pictures or videos on whatsapp? Why should I bother learning the recipe for a traditional chicken curry from Mom, when I can get a version of it off the internet? Why should I step out of my house, when my gaming console helps me exercise?
Technology makes us dependent on someone else's solution much more than relying on our own intelligence. It’s like being artificially smarter. Likewise, our heavy dependence on things like calculators makes us struggle when we have to calculate even the simplest of things without them.
Getting information instantly and in a way that it solves my immediate problem deflects me from actually absorbing and analyzing things at a much deeper level.
No holiday is ever a holiday if we have our phones. We always end up checking our mail. It's a habit we just can't break! Most of us spend our days walking around with our nose buried in our cell phone. And while we're doing that, we're tuning out the people who are actually in the same room with us. We seem to have long ago crossed the line as to where doing this stuff is appropriate - people take calls while they're out to dinner, and text or check email while on a date.