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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Fetalvero: Gadget addiction worse than chemical dependency

THE Pokemon craze has invaded every aspect of our culture. The complexity of the game has intoxicated a society that wants to get rid of the numbness. Numbness caused by too much TV exposure of dead bodies that keep piling up.

I think it is time that we asked ourselves what is a possibility and what is a necessity. We entered into a transition with so many crossroads. It is essential that with several challenges at hand there is the need for the citizenry to pause a while and think.

Take for instance the problem of traffic. We just have to go back to basics. Try road courtesy and common sense. If we take a look at the transport system, we can decongest if we interact more with nature. Our cultural values clash with our natural values. We can walk a kilometer but we just do not want to do it because the “habal-habal” is there to transport us right to our doorstep.

Human beings did not have to worry about losing their power supply then. No rice cooker, no microwaves, no gadgets to charge, no internet connections and no cables. The only appliances we had were the refrigerator and television sets. The demand for energy was minimal then since there were also fewer vehicles.

According to a biologist, Brian Goodwin, our dependence on cheap fossil fuel to satisfy our needs and desires has now entered the phase of disruption of the complex web of relationships in which our planet depends. Brian added: “The shift has come from an understanding of how the release into the atmosphere of carbon dioxide from its buried condition in oil deposits is causing average temperatures to rise worldwide.” Hence, the need for air-conditioning became a must in consonance with our changing weather patterns.

What is actually happening is that we reinvent hoping that we could improve our lives in our comfort zones while relying too much on our latest technologies. The addiction to our gadgets is, I think, worse than a person’s chemical dependency. An addict has the certainty to be cured of his addiction by withdrawal. The cure therefore is external. However, an individual addicted to connectivity has to fight his own urges to connect which is internal in nature. What used to be natural means to connect is no longer applicable since gadgets got so handy that our culture has changed with time. And since our culture has changed, so did our natural tendencies. It then becomes a vicious cycle.
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