On October 29th 1969, the first communication from one computer to another – host to host – was made at Stanford University. Just under fifty years later, we are living in the fourth dimension for at least 50% of our day. With technology growing at an exponential rate, it’s a good idea to turn the smartphone off once in a while…
The world is a network of ever-changing relationships and structures and this statement couldn’t be more accurate when describing the internet. Even if you take a break and go canoeing down the river bank, your social media accounts will have automatically updated their features, your in-built tracker will access your location, your whatsapp will inform people when you were last seen and your phone will suggest that you upload an album of all the photos you took in the countryside. The internet and its sidekick – our smartphones – is permeating everything from our phone conversations to where we last ordered a latte. In the near future, we will be able to tweet our thoughts so careful when you sleep talk in front of your mobile. When Siri will, inevitably, become confident enough to develop her own conscience, be ready. You’re going to have to be extremely sharp if you are going to argue with a robot that downloaded your entire law degree practice in thirty seconds, as well as being accustomed to your mannerisms and secrets. Face it, even if you are relaxing most your day, you are most probably a slave to instagram, with your main nourishment being the affirmation you get from the pictures/thoughts you post. Internet addiction is a serious thing, and if you don’t believe it, google the rehabilitation centres dedicated just for this purpose.
Spending time with humans or with nature is important: your health and eyesight will improve, you will sleep more peacefully and your priorities will change. You are what you consume; as opposed to reading about fashion updates and body-conscious celebrities, start digesting fresh air, books, different cultures, debates and sunshine. The positive impacts are not just physical but psychological. We need to remember that our judgement and reasoning abilities would become sharper. If our only source of information and experience were the internet – where more that 70% is fiction or manipulated truth – how would we ever learn? We need to move away from provided numbers and study external concepts and critiques.
Trial and error in the real world paves the way for a smarter future and everything done in moderation will increase our life span and overall well-being.