In 1982, Computer became The Man of the Year. It was a big step at that time because in doing so, we were recognizing the existence of computers in our world. We were inviting it into our homes with open arms and it surely accepted it. After 35 years, we have become its slaves. We are slaves of our laptops, smartphones, watches, social accounts and everything that there is on the internet.
We want to be famous and we want to be known. But most of all, we want to be loved. When we sign into our social accounts, we see the lives of our friends and we see the places that they are going to, the food that they are eating and the smiles on their faces. That makes us feel like our lives are not that fast enough and that we need more into our lives. In thinking so, we fail at one thing that is most important of all; that is to live.
We create unreasonable expectations about life and we tend to pursue them. And that is all we are ever able to do. We forget about our family who waits for us at the dinner table. We make new friends over the internet, sitting thousands of miles away and that makes us happy. It makes us feel like we are in control of our lives and that we are turning our lives around. Control is an illusion. We are never in control.
Our generation is stressed and there is nothing that can be done about it. They go online, post something that is on their minds, write a comment and they think that they will be fine. The truth is different altogether. They are digging deeper and deeper into their graves. The unrealistic expectation about life is tightening its grip around their necks. Slowly, but surely, they will succumb to it. It is only a matter of time. They believe that venting online is a good coping strategy but they are wrong.
People live and people die. We are just database entries for big companies that are simply using us to make money. They have started programmes to connect everyone to the internet because they believe that internet is a basic human right and everyone should have it. It is a good thought but only after we are done dealing with problems like hunger, education and poverty.
Somewhere in the middle of all this chaos, we get lost. We forget the meaning of life and what it feels to be human. We forgot about the joys of eating meals together and asking about the day of our children. Technology has brought us closer then why do we feel farther apart from each other. Friends have trust issues with one another. Relationships don’t last longer than a couple of weeks. Families are drifting apart. All this is because we are fighting our very nature. We are evolving but are we evolving forwards or backwards? We are becoming more and more machine in the attempts of making machines more and more human.