The Dilemma of Virtual Communication

Estimate the number of times you check your smart phone every day. Forty, fifty, sixty? Take whatever number you thought and double it, you might be getting close to the real frequency. 

A new research conducted by British psychologist shows that young adults use their smart phone roughly twice as much as they have estimated. As a matter fact, the small preliminary found these young adults use their phones an average of five hours a day — almost one third of their total waking hours. 

It wouldn’t be surprising if everyone has that one bitch friend who picks her phone to converse over her nonsense melodrama, or a gamer boy who never bothers to keep in touch with reality because mobile game has taken away his sanity.

Nothing is wrong when we face different businesses through text messaging or other social media. Threateningly, however, people subconsciously prioritize the world of virtual reality over the world we are living in. What an eyesore to see families, couples or friends dining in a restaurant holding their phones without bringing an authentic conversation to the table. 

Telecommunications have really not connected people’s belonging despite the number of social networking friends we have. It takes away our priorities and our daily existence by the use of communication technology and entertainment applications that mostly are hollow and meaningless; changing our ways of thinking because everything is just a click of a mouse or tap of our touchscreen phones.

The generation today is too young to understand how the world used to be before emails, televisions, and Internet. Letter-writing styles are not even develop in chats where people are so informal — the spelling, grammar and punctuations are terribly neglected — not to mention the substitution of emoticons to the message itself. 

We may call it a dilemma, because killing our modern technology can never be the best solution. We are aware of the chaotic system going on with the world. The countless blessings of smart phones to humanity are what we are defending; when using phone in times of disasters/accident, or organizing rallies, video footages of tyranny, economic troubles and global crisis.

At such, we are the one who are responsible in shaping the future by setting ourselves as a good example to be emulated. Humans of all ages are susceptible to smart phone abuse and we reach our oblivion to reality when online. Our new breed of generation has a vast threat not only in the progress of our country but also in the spirit of fellowship. 

Did technology really improve our way of communication with all these repercussions emerging? It’s never too late to ask yourself this question:

“Do you control technology or does technology control you?”

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