Has internet replaced oxygen as our basic need?

21st century, the age of modern gadgets and the evolving networks! Every new innovation we know about took place around the beginning of this century. A lot has changed in these years. Smartphones have been increasing in size and clothes are getting shorter. Trends keep coming and going. 2G network was once a dream but now we are looking at 5G. 

A lot has changed and certainly a lot has been forgotten. At school we all were taught that we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Thanks to global warming carbon dioxide is still in the headlines. 

I stay in a hostel and recently there have been some power cuts. As soon as the electricity goes everyone in the hostel is disturbed. The next thing people do is check if the neighbour has electricity. All of a sudden everyone is restless. The longer the delay the more restless people get. More importantly all these restless people were basically doing nothing productive, they might have been just scrolling through the pages of social media, watching some video on YouTube, chatting with their girlfriends and a very few may be talking to their parents. 

Another example, on another occasion the WiFi stops receiving data and as a result internet is not working. As soon as this happens even the most passive individual reacts and there will a question,”Wi-Fi is not working or what?” If the WiFi is accidentally unplugged then,”Who turned off the WiFi?”

There have been instances when a totally unfamiliar person walks into your room and asks,”Is your WiFi working?, If yes, please tell me your password, I need to urgently call my parents.” After a few moments you will see him standing outside chatting on Facebook! They won’t greet you but will definitely smile when they get the password. The Moto of WiFi should be”Connecting unknown people!”

Such quick responses! We cannot live without internet for a moment. If it’s not working then the next conservative action is going to sleep. Do we have nothing else to do in this world other than using the internet and sleeping? 

We know if the internet is working but we don’t know if we are breathing! 

Suppose we go out with our family for a meal, we need to choose between two restaurants. Both have good food but one has free WiFi and the other doesn’t. Which one gets the nod? 

Most of us keep ourselves upto date with the latest technology but not all of us know about what is happening in our society. 

I don’t know about other countries but in India when a kid grows up the first thing he/she dreams of is a smartphone. After getting one, they will keep exploring the internet and be very particular about regularly checking for notifications but in this process have forgotten to give attention to the people who bought this smartphone for them.  

Virtual reality, great innovation! There are people who are dying to get one of those gadgets to get a theatre like experience. How about going to a theatre itself with family? Wouldn’t that be nice too? 

Recently there was a mass molestation in Bangalore (India). Not all Indians know about it but we all know the balance left in our data packs! 

Reliance Jio, people were standing in infinite queues to get hold of these SIM cards. Free things are always in demand but free internet has become our priority.

Maybe we should question ourselves and the priorities we have set. Priorities keep changing but needs are always needs!

Have a wonderful day. God bless! 


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  1. You know; you bring up very important points… Coming from a broken home with no roots planted; I’ve learned to adopt values to strengthen our (meaning my kids and husband) family structure…one thing I always questioned is, ” should this be a tradition?” ( based on your other post- since not manynare passed down) and now this… Man — let me tell you. I have to rip my kids off the net sometimes. Pull that mom card to remind them life is going on… Right now I’m bound to limited movement and sometimes I feel an internal voice begging to go run. I wonder how much I will be able to read everyone’s post when I go back to work… I believe technology is great inany ways but a huge stumbling block to growthπŸ€”

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    1. Hearing about parents about the challenge they face to raise a child I know how difficult it is, when I get to experience it I’ll know that its beyond my imagination. Never an easy job.
      I Hope you get well soon ma’am! Have a nice day.

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      1. You too; and thank you for hoping that everyday! Do you realize I don’t think I hear that often… Sometimes maybe… but you consistently say it…it’s probably a habit for you but its pretty nice being on the receiving end.😁 – and no its not an easy job but its the best job!

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      2. Nice moto – I say it in habit as well – or how sign emails with “Best regards” lol – I now delete that but its a habbit for a stickler boss

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  2. Our world is an ever interacting one, how can we forget that if we humans have changed technology, it’ll certainly change us. Still I miss those days when playing ludo & snake-ladder were in vogue. Worse is yet to come.

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  3. We are all a part of this game..but there will be a saturation point, but only after the final worse point…
    You know, when i was in hostel, the powercut time was our best enjoyment time, playing andhakshari, mock fights, making afraid of others in the darkness…it’s all seem to have happened in another universe.

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  4. Good post. Loved it. I wonder what will be next? It was the pigeon carrying letters, than the horses and carriage, post offices, mobile phones, internet with all social media. The latest tend to connect us with unknown people and forget about closest, forget feelings and verbal communication. What next?

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  5. Absolutely agree with you Joseph. We are becoming a generation of slaves in the hands of technology. They have eroded so deep into our every day life and there is no technology control like the pest control , to drive them out πŸ˜‰πŸ˜₯

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  6. Thought provoking !

    The comparison drawn is so apt , “we know if the WiFi is working but don’t know if we are breathing ” that’s perfect .

    Now since we arent breathing the oxygen levels should go up , alas smartphones could free the world from global working and systematically desettle populations and dismantle socities .

    Great put!!

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  7. This is MADNESS! and surely it isn’t going to get better for sure. Children starting their day with whatsapp rather than a prayer. We read the news on the phone rather than the newspapers. Dates are no longer where people talk – but busy on their phone, thank goodness there isn’t an app as yet for physical intimacy, else that would be tragic!

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    1. Well said. Agree with every word mentioned here. There are several apps for dating. I just don’t understand their logic. But they are just so popular. Maybe over the years the scene of a man proposing will become a rare sight only seen in old movies.


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