It has been travelling to our ears for ever since, that necessity or requirements are the major reasons behind all inventions. When people needed to carry heavy loads they invented the wheel, when they required to keep themselves warm they invented machines called room heaters, when they needed to talk to their near and dear ones from far away they created the telephone. The telephone got updated in various ways and now we have mobile phones, which are not just phones, but calculators, alarm clocks, banks, gaming console, camera, music system, computer, torch and what not! But do we really need that many accumulation of technology to survive?
Almost everyone has a smart phone grabbed tightly in their palms, but how many are smart enough to use it? Or rather need to use it? If people could spare some valuable time out of the useless schedules on their phone and ponder whether they really need it, it would be very clear that they are using smart phones and 3G internet connections, dual sim cards just for the sake of using them! They do not really need such techie stuff to make them feel important in life.
I was a sole believer of mobile phone to be a 3 in one device – calls, messages and music. I know you caught me at the music thing, but the first time when I bought the phone, I had no television at home, as mom had cut off the cable connection to secure my academics, no computer and had recently spoiled the only radio by overhearing it! Hence my only luxury was am MP3 player in my new phone. After four years due to peer pressure from Whatsapp addict friends and disturbing old battery, I bought a new phone. A SMART one. How is it smart? Well, it is big, quite big as I have to hold it with both my hands while texting! It is pretty, and it has room for two sim cards and 3G services, a front camera, a 5mega pixel back camera with flash, Whatsaap, Facebook, Gmail, Google maps blah blah… but the battery life is poor. Someone had told me that a smart phone without internet connection is just another phone, therefore on trying out the internet connection my life turned upside down! Every now and then the phone beeps and I have to waste my precious time in texting my friends and playing candy crush. This sudden addiction for candy crush has simply engulfed me, God knows how. Whether I am going out or preparing to go out somewhere, I am always getting late by a few minutes answering via Whatsapp to my “worried” friends.
Even then, I can’t resist the urge to get an amount spent after the internet service from my phone! Plus, I have become lazy as a log! That partly happened soon after I got my first mobile phone, to walk up to the landline connection where we get almost 100 free calls felt like a huge exercise when I had my tiny handset on my hand!
The solution to this diseasing which is eating up my time is to try and ignore the smartness of the smart phone. We should use the minimum technology every day, the more we depend on technology the more stupid and lazy we become. Spend some days without Whatsapp, Candy crush and most importantly your phone. There’s a more beautiful world out there, explore it without any technical help. (By without any technical help I mean with the least possible ones, but don’t start on foot for a world tour!). Well I tried that for two days, believe me it is not hard, but you get a different feeling of freedom, though sometimes you might miss those annoying message tones. But definitely you will discover a new you in the process.