We’re in the digital age, guys. Technology has developed so explosively over the last seventy years, right to the point where it allows us to be more than we are. Or, at the very least, it allows us luxuries we never thought possible.
Consider Skype, a network that sought to change how people communicate. Webcams have been around for ages, but this was the first time it ever seriously took off – even Oprah now uses it religiously. But, for all the good that Skype does – and it really does, saving businesses thousands of Dollars on money for flights, accommodation and hookers on business trips by having a conference over webcam – it physically segregates us as humans.
I know I usually banter about the latest technology, but this is something I think affects us all. We no longer visit our extended families – we chat to them on Skype. Sometimes, all you ever see of your extended family is what was shown on your computer screen. Usually people would say that’s fine; there are thousands of other people who keep contact through the internet. But we never visit them, do we? Instead, we stay in our homes. We don’t even go out to the bank any more. Internet banking has improved to the point that we relax on the couch with coffee and biscuits, and pay our accounts via cellphone. We don’t physically write letters to people anymore – it’s via e-mails, instant messaging, SMS and MMS. Love letters passed through class? Yep, it’s now an SMS. Am I alone in thinking that this takes all the fun out of doing such a thing?
Who even does maths using their brain anymore? [Many people, I’m sure, but we’ll let this slide for the sake of… something -ed] Our thinking processes are now wired to use a calculator and keypad. Einstein arrived at E=mc² through his own intellect, did he not? Have we lost something along the way, some intellect, spawning in turn the useless morons we see everyday on forums, Facebook, and the newspapers?
All this now begs the question: Does technology make us lazy? It’s not just me who wonders so, but an entire community of psychiatrists, analysts and philosophers who agree on the theory that Google makes you stupid. It’s not that you’re becoming less able; on the contrary, our brains are just learning to rely less and less on our instincts and more on our technology. The world is at your fingertips, so why go out there in the first place? Pretty soon, we’re going to end up like those humans in Wall-E: lazy, completely reliant on technology, and satisfied with living their lives in front of a screen.
But gamers and geeks? Nah, we’re better than that. We have sharper reflexes than the average human, we can spot specific colours faster than others, and we can survive without technology easily. We can also fight zombies quite efficiently, and can stave off Armageddon using a shotgun and Lightsabre. Technology is reliant on us to continue its existence. You can thanks us later after we successfully avoid an I, Robot scenario.