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Friends or slaves of technology?

The communication revolution seems to have created some problems for its users, i.e. all of us. And the relapses are not difficult to imagine: we become nervous if we realize that we are unable to reach others, to communicate with the office, with the children, with the husband. Turning a mobile phone or computer into a vital vehicle for talking to others, for being present within our community is the biggest mistake that our age can cause.

We must have wondered so many times… when the cell phone starts to run out, when you can’t connect to the internet, when it is difficult to call. In short, the communication revolution seems to have created some problems for its users, or rather for all of us. And the relapses are not difficult to imagine: we become nervous if we realize that we are unable to reach others, to communicate with the office, with the children, with the husband.
Thinking about it, however, the steps forward that technology has allowed us, represent the best way not to be alone, to always be in contact even with distant family members or with those who need to let us know something about our life. . The real issue, the focal point is that we must be able to consider technology as a tool to be used when necessary, a bit like the red hammer that is on the train and next to which it is specified: use only in an emergency .
Turning a mobile phone or computer into a vital vehicle to talk to others, to be present within our community is the biggest mistake that our age can cause. And this is demonstrated by a specific behavioral disorder born precisely to identify the dependence on cell phones and more generally on technological tools.
It would be too easy to think that it must be discarded; the real goal must be to use them carefully, judiciously because the negative effects do not make a difference in age or social level: you become dependent both as children and adults, both as professionals and as unemployed. And so you watch movies on your computer, download music, read books, consult school texts. Comfortable? Symptom of mental laziness? Questions abound, but the result is that this company, which Zygmunt Baumann defined as liquid, is today increasingly virtual, concentrated on a desktop (which in turn projects exotic, adventurous or romantic images) and frightened by human contact.
So? Do you need to detox? The method is probably simpler than you think, even if complicated to implement: just look around and gradually re-enter everyday life, letting the mobile phone run down and remain (switched off) connected to the electrical outlet, while you learn again to chat, to trust others, to listen to them.
The film will be watched in the cinema, with the magic of darkness in the room and comfortable armchairs. The books will be leafed through and bought in the bookstore, with calm and human curiosity. And, every now and then, a letter will be written to family members, the kind that are no longer used, complete with envelopes and stamps. The leap into the dark is profound, perhaps worrying, but the prize at stake is to regain possession of one’s own existence and become allies of technology.

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