A Necessary Evil
One sweltering summer night, we had a power cut. I can already hear you say “Oops! No air-conditioning. How did you manage to sleep?” No worries for me. Thanks to the wonders of technology, I have got myself an air-conditioner which functions on inverter power too. Isn’t that great? My sleep wasn’t interrupted at all! In the good ol’ days, we would have gone to the terrace to sleep in the open. But these days, with mosquitoes lurking everywhere, carrying God-knows-what germs, who really has the inclination (or courage) to do that?
And how I wish someone would invent a geyser that works on inverter power! I felt this need more acutely than ever this morning. An unscheduled power cut occurred around six in the morning and threw my entire routine into disarray. Okay, the mixie could function on inverter power, but the same cannot be said for the geyser. So I had to trot down to the kitchen, fill a container with water, wait for it to boil, then carry it back upstairs to have my bath. This cost me precious minutes which are invaluable during the morning rush. I’m sure all of you would have faced this situation at one point of time or another.
It’s a very small incident, but it goes a long way to help us realize how much we have come to rely on technology for even the most mundane everyday tasks. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that this is wrong. In fact, I’m as big a fan of technology and all the ultra-sleek gadgets and gizmos which make our lives a whole lot easier. Microwaves, tablets, smartphones and other wonders of technology have made multi-tasking a whole lot easier for us ladies. Managing home and career without the aid of all these wonderful inventions has become unthinkable. But…
Let’s stop to think for an instant. A recent study has shown that couples in long-distance relationship have better communication than the ones who are geographically close. To me, this sounded like a sad state of affairs. When did technology stop being a tool to make our lives easier and instead start ruling our lives? I mean, if couples prefer talking over the phone, texting and e-mailing each other over face-to-face interaction, it makes me ponder where relationships as we know them are headed.
Kids as young as two are adept in using touch-screen devices. And as they grow older, their preferred leisure activity is video gaming, closely followed by social networking and of course, texting their friends. The sight of kids playing on the streets is becoming a rarity. The art of conversation has metamorphosised from long sentences into a jumbled collection of alphabets, numerals and special characters (and if you’re a generation or two before them, it’s impossible to decipher the conversation). And we as parents, boast to other parents how techno-savvy our kids are.
I’m not saying that we should stop using gadgets born out of innovative technology; not at all. In fact, the coming years promise to revolutionize technology even further and make our lives even easier. I’m all for it. All I’m saying is, in our race to own the latest gadget in the market and putting all its features to optimum use, let’s not become slaves to it. After all, we ladies have been perfecting the art of multi-tasking long before technological wonders came along to help us.
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