With so much being said about technology and the over use of smartphones, I actually got to experience an entire week without it. Obviously not by choice but because my phone decided to slide down and have its screen cracked. And it took an entire week to get it fixed.
We often hear people complain about the excessive use of smartphones and that gets us thinking. At some point of time we all agree that we are too absorbed into this new world of smartphones and we should stay away from it. But this one week made me realize that the smartphones are definitely an integral part of the lives we live now. Staying away from them probably when we are on a vacation could be a good idea but its almost impossible to survive without them in our daily lives. Specially when you are staying alone, in a new city, all by yourself, it is just not possible.
The last week made me realize how from the moment we wake up to the time we go to sleep our entire life revolves around our phone. It started the moment I woke up, realization hit me that my alarm didn’t go off, obviously because my phone wasn’t working. Who has an alarm clock these days? Specially not when you are a single woman living a hand-to-mouth life in a new city. And it just gets worst from there. I realized that we are dependent on our phones for everything we do. No backup of contact numbers so that you can call anyone in times of need. Surprisingly I didn’t even remember my parent’s cellphone numbers. Who needs to remember numbers when you can just save them right? Moving around the city is so much more difficult when you don’t have GPS. You see something interesting and you can’t click a picture. The everyday 45 minutes train ride seemed to take forever without headphones plugged in and no games to play. No messages, No watsapp, No phonecalls, life just seemed so incomplete without the continuous beeping of the phone.
We have all lived a life without smartphones and life went around quite smoothly even then. But today our entire life revolves around the smartphone, a week without it seemed impossible to survive. A smartphone has an answer to all our needs. So the question still remains is a smartphone a boon or a bane?