Day 190: Social Isolation #365DaysOfWriting
We’re all so busy with life! The moment we realise we have nothing to do, immediately we reach for our phone and start fiddling with it. None of us seem to want people around — we prefer books, the television, or just zoning out by plugging in the headphones. Sometimes, I play games on my phone or pretend to be reading something interesting when I don’t want to speak to people around.
Back in my childhood, all this was never an option, and in hindsight, I believe that was a good thing: whether you liked it or not, you had to talk, converse and engage with people at least at the dinner table if not anywhere else! These days, during mealtimes everyone is on different gadgets, and people are engrossed liking each others’ posts rather than talking to one another. When they are away, Facebook walls and Instagram hashtags depict the extent of missing happening but when people actually meet, after a brief greeting and clicking of pictures of the reunion, once again, technology takes over.
I find myself craving genuine, real human interaction these days but it is frustrating each time when I don’t get it. You want to make dinner-plans — immediately Friend A opens Zomato; want to catch a movie — let’s open BookMyShow; even if you are home and decide to order in, Swiggy has a list of restaurants for you to choose. We don’t even need to call to place orders and instead of asking people when we are lost for directions, we still rely on Google Maps though many a times it isn’t completely reliable.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again — technology is doing a better job at socially isolating us than actually connecting. Yes, we are connected to more people around the world, but what is the quality of those relationships ? Even Robinson Crusoe appreciated having a Man Friday... Let’s not become socially isolated and let technology get the better of us. Man is a social being, and disconnecting from other people is not going to help him achieve happiness in the long run!