Welcome to the 21st Century

As a kid of the 90’s I have had a childhood mixed with ‘the outdoors’ and ‘technology’. Few of us get to boast of having the best of both worlds. Kids today are so involved with their PS3’s and laptops that they rather sit at home and play Sims 3 than go out with friends. Those born during the 80’s and before that spent all their free time playing outdoors.

As a kid I remember riding my bicycle through the by-lanes along with my friends and when we got tired we would stop at a friend’s place to refresh ourselves. Every holiday, my cousin and myself would visit grandma’s house. We had a lot of friends there and we used to spend almost the entire day outdoors. We played every game we could think of, arranged parties and had loads of fun doing it all.

Then in the midst of my childhood years came video games and then the computer. Slowly, everyone got involved with these games. We often visited friends to play these games and often they came over to join us in playing Roadrash.
Today, kids are born into a world where games are played only on a screen and friends keep in touch via phones, IM, messaging and every other way except face-to-face conversations.

We no longer visit neighbors to watch a football game together because everyone has at least one television at home. Family parties and get-togethers have become more of a formality than a celebration. Clubbing has gained more importance and people these days prefer to hang out with complete strangers.

The beautiful art of writing a personal letter is beginning to vanish ever since emails became the new way of communication and so is all the meaning that these letters once held. People meet life partners and some lose them. Some make new friends and other make enemies.

Technology is getting better every day but it is also responsible for the loss of man’s humanness. With the help of technology we are able to cure the rarest of diseases and connect to millions of people all at once. But as technology gets better so does ammunition. The privacy we once had is beginning to vanish. Abortions are increasing and cloning seems to be taking a turn for the worse.

When we look back into the past, many of us do crave for a life where holidays meant time for relaxation and work meant enjoying what you did. People then, took the time out to spend with their families in prayer and entertainment. Today, people are so busy making money they leave everything else behind. Their principles are many a time forgotten and their loved ones become mere shadows trying to keep up in their fast paced world.

Learning to strike a balance between technology and the quality of life could turn out be one of the world’s greatest problems in the future but it’s never too late to start.

Roseann Murzello