Just about yesterday when I sat down to write an article , I realized something. My phone wasn’t around. I swiftly scanned the room and found it sitting in the farthest corner. It was this moment that I realized how dependent I am on my phone.
To quote Chuck Lorre “As I feel more and more alone, my phone confidently connects with everyone. As I feel more and more lost, my phone calmly knows how to get anywhere. As I struggle to remember mundane things like the name of that movie with the boat and the guy with the lip, my phone smugly recalls literally everything. As I increasingly lose the nouns, verbs and adjectives that once stood ready to articulate my thoughts, my phone taunts me with its instant access to all the words there have ever been. There is only one possible conclusion. Slowly, without realizing it, I seem to have outsourced my mind to my phone. And to make matters worse, the damn thing knows it… and it’s starting to screw with me. Several times during the day I feel it buzz in my pocket, alerting me that some vital information has just arrived. Then, when I look, there’s nothing there. No email. No text. Nothing. Was the buzz in my mind? I don’t think so. I think it’s purposeful. I think my phone is mocking me. And it’s not just my phone. It’s all of them. They are working together, systematically robbing us of our intelligence, our humanity. And then, when we are made stupid and helpless, they will take over. It’s just a matter of time before the next generation of iPhone is equipped with an opposable thumb. Oh yeah, they’re smart alright. Evil, world domination smart.
I have to call people and tell them… Oh, great, now I have no bars! Dear God, what is happening?!”
We all have felt this at a certain level and yet we go on to fight the so called “Orthodox” thinking being thrown at us by our parents, teachers or anyone as a matter of fact. We all make faces every time someone says “Pura time phone se chipka hua hota hai” (You’re always on your phone) but deep down we know that it’s true and it isn’t being hooked to our mobile for a long time that is wrong, it is us giving up our mental processes and knowledge to our mobile’s that’s wrong. Technology was obviously built to reduce human effort but if we think about it as a household help hired by us in the beginning, today we’re sleeping comfortably in our beds while it walks around as the owner of our very own house. Being a writer I specifically felt acquainted with the line ‘As I increasingly lose the nouns, verbs and adjectives that once stood ready to articulate my thoughts, my phone taunts me with its instant access to all the words there have ever been. and if we were to be honest with ourselves we indeed have outsourced our mind to our phones. Funnily, I am writing this using my phone and the utility of suggested words being shot at me.
I know that in today’s times it is next to impossible to get our hands off technology but then are we conscious about the way we’re slowly giving it certain powers? Power to make its very maker dependent on it, power to control almost each and everything around us? From business to maintaining relationships to our social life, technology has us all bound together in its charm. At this point it, reading this might feel like an episode of Black Mirror but then the point is, for a very long time we’ve been talking about how dependent we would be on technology in future; long enough to shut our eyes towards it’s impact on us right now. We lost ourselves to technology way back. To conclude, Judgement day is here and its no more sci-fi.