Screen Slavery

dsc_2561I remember my childhood. The best part of the day were late afternoon to early evenings  when everyday all the children of my age use to play outside in open front lawns. Life was balanced with indoor and outside activities. It hurts to see how much things have change. Young kids still get a chance to play in parks but what about older kids ? more and more kids like to spend the leisure time watching some form of screen- be it their phone, laptops or tv. Screens have dominated lives after all. The amount of screen time is not healthy and though most parents do realize but we are not doing enough. It is a hard to break in habit, most parents don’t know how and don’t have capacity to change.

We are Slaves of Screens. Screens are every where. We associate our happiness and entertainment with it.

Adults and kids all are equally happy around screens. It is so addictive that none of us would notice time lapse. You could watch TV all day and night still would not realize that you actually spend 24 hours. Time flies and you won’t realize. The main reason behind it is there is so much content offered to us. The number of Chanels and Soaps are sky rocketing these days compared to what was available 20 years from now. Spending time on watching TV  has change  drastically. I clearly remember that there was one episode a week telecasted; and we use to wait for the entire week for the next episode. Yes Certainly we can not blame on others for our actions, I do understand and believe in that we are responsible for our own actions. BUT this is a crucial fact that the  presence of Screens in our lives today is due to technology like fast internet on Cell phones, Laptops , iPads and TV. We have internet on the go at our hands. Now we spare no time in enjoying  surrounds, we don’t care to have some chit chats while waiting for the bus or cab. Rather we check emails and read news or other articles on phones and tabs. We have internet in buses and on trains so the work never rests and we all are busy doing something very important. We are  slaves of technology and Screens in todays world.  We can not imagine our lives without it.

kids play video games and all sorts of virtual games on playdates. They find board games boring and out dated.TV and Cell phones are better than playing with friend on wet grass lawn.

At times my heart aches when I see every member on different screens. No none of us are using it for entertainment sake. kids trying to finish some online classes and projects. Both me and my husband trying to finish up our work related tasks. We pick our phone very often to check emails and text messages. We are now connected with friends and family vis Facebook and other apps that was impossible 20 years from now. 20 years back if I wanted to wish a friend Birthday I would have to have her number handy. And Now I have 150 friends list on Facebook and never have to remember Birthdays or Anniversaries, Facebook dedicated does it so well. Then there is Instagram and Twitter and we have important tasks to twit and update our status.

we have more friends than we could imagine and yet we are so lonely. We have best of best friends on our computers and phone but we are so distant to ones who are inperson available for a chat. We are forgetting how to hold a conversation with a real person and yet we are cable of twitting and commenting aptly. dsc_2834


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