I wake up bleary-eyed. I look for my partner in crime who is curled up toward the wall in deep sleep. I hate to wake him up but he is my daily dose of everything. As I unlock him, a bright glare illuminates my face. It is my smartphone. My task manager, daily planner, alarm and my window to the world.
So, I check my instant messaging app and reply to unread messages. I check latest news updates. I peek into my social networking accounts – an emoji here, a ‘like’ there. This ritual, as scoffed as it is, makes me feel closer to family and friends living in different geographies and the events of the world I am otherwise, not part of. That is what technology does–it brings us closer. Our smartphones, social media forums, picture sharing applications and search engines perform this function efficiently. Technology essentially makes us feel secure, loved, cared for, and part of the bigger picture in the big world. It rarely abandons us. And, it never shuts down.
Today, there is a multitude of online apps with one outshining the other. We can share photographs, audio and video, order shoes, food and groceries, even get our clothes ironed. We might, at times, be confused, but we are tempted more often with what technology can do for us. Within the frame of our smartphones and computers, we wish to capture everything. Such is the nature of technology–it compels us to remain engaged.
From the time we wake up until the time we go to bed, technology beckons us every moment of the day. Whether it is a reminder or a critical business meeting over video conferencing, technology has seamlessly made its way through all spheres of life. It has created limitless opportunities in a world we could only dream of.
Today, sitting in the cosy corner of my home, I can order something from the far-away Manhattan. Or for that matter, there is local concierge service provided by apps. Technology has simply made life easier and more convenient.