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1 May 2017

Editorial: There once was a time...

Like Earth revolving around the Sun, humans now revolve around technology. Not all technology is bad, of course; much good comes from it. However, since society has gotten so reliant on innovations, many seem to have forgotten there was a time before all this even existed. 

Before computers were found in most households (around the 2000s), we’d get information from books and encyclopedias; not to mention essays and homework assignments were handwritten—or done on something called a typewriter. People talked to each other more, spoke on the landline (remember wall phones?), and wrote letters. Some may think of these as the “Dark Ages”, but this isn’t true. Things were simpler before people started caring how many likes or follows they get on their social media posts. It’s as if some people use an electronic world to escape the real one. 

What’s irritating is when friends or family are hanging out, and they’re on their phones the whole time, not even giving people they’re with consideration or attention. Also, why do people on vacation need to document every second of their trip through online posts? It’s like they can’t be separated from their social media feeds and “friends” for a second. You’re on vacation, unplug! Is there really a reason to be on that computer or phone? Just enjoy yourself, instead of gawking over what someone is eating for lunch at some restaurant half a world away.

Adults and kids share this tendency; some adults are worse than children: constantly texting, tweeting, snapchatting.  And for what? As for kids, even children’s toys come with features taking them online to get extra rewards or offers. And people wonder why families feel disconnected.

In addition, tons of jobs worldwide have been lost to technology. Shopping, banking, taxes can all be done online now, but this convenience paves the way for identity thieves. Plus, texting while driving has increased the dangers for commuters.

It’s like people cannot exist without their smart devices. Everywhere you go people are on their phones, dependent on Wi-Fi. It seems like life did not have purpose until it was invented, but that’s just not true. I challenge you to unplug, to unglue your faces from your devices. Experience what’s around you. No, seriously. You’re apt to find new appreciation for the physical world before you, if you take a break from the online version with its virtual friends and relationships. Heck, you might even remember who your true friends are.

Author:The Tamarack Staff
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