TECHNOLOGICAL CONSUMPTION

Heads look down at phones in hands while crossing the street. Couples sit across from each other whiles scrolling through social media feeds. Coffee shops overflow with heads hidden behind monochromatic screens. Children scream, “iPad, iPad,” before they could speak.

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Technology takes time away, and for many, disconnection is a tricky thing. Some may state evolution is - the transmuting of society, expansion of communication, and incrementation in more astute electronics, hence an increase in usage. Others think otherwise. However, one thing is sure, technology now facilitates many lives. From laptops to phones to tablets and even applications, these pieces of equipment are essential to human existence, more so, communication channels. Phones have single-handedly made many things more accessible, and the applications they host have made many people more independently resourceful. From budding photographers to writers, everyone has their world in the cyber social realm primarily because of the same pieces of equipment upon which use and overuse rely. Laptops have allowed mobility and encouraged an increase in coffee shop laptop loungers, and in a way, the world is perpetually and actively more productive and creative.

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However, as advantageous as these tools are, the downside oozes contradictory impact, particularly on a social level. As a result of these helpful tools, human interaction has changed, while cyber harassment continues to grow and evolve. People hide behind screens, sending binary waves of unpleasant words to others, while some publicly shame ex-significant others by sharing intimate images, and these are just the bare essentials. Another story to elaborate upon, another time.

Humans never cease to capitalize on helpful resources, in some way, turning them into foes than friends.

Naturally, opposition exists within, a trait many make full use of, leaning more towards the negative side of it than the positive. Nevertheless, the allowances technology has provided, even within the negative scope, is still limitless and will continue to aid advancement and progression in many facets of life. What should transpire is using balance as a tool to curb obsession, dependency, and addiction. If one cares to do so.

Balance is a difficult thing to achieve. Some travel around the world, hoping to find it, while some read or attend meditation or yoga classes. Balance exists not only in the tangible but the intangible. There are those days when thoughts lack stability, weighing down a mind. That is the sort of elusive balance to which I speak.

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Moreover, even as it relates to technology and its consumption, both tangible and intangible balance is principal and need more consideration. Breakaway from bright screens and alleviate finger cramps from excessive scrolling. Set that phone down without checking it every five seconds. Taking a moment to give technology a break it requires and the break you need is a step or two closer to achieving that balance. It is consequential for the human body as well. It is vital for congruous bodily function, and if that is so, then balance needs more pertinence in other aspects of life, especially when it comes to consumption - in this case, technological use.

So, until curbing of personal use becomes the norm, technological consumption will continue to evolve, eventually rendering itself overbearing, with inconvenience and addiction superseding convenience and productivity. At the end of it all though, it comes down to one simple word, control — actually two words, self-control. Self-control is the line of equilibrium that dissevers or defines use and overuse - and it is an endeavoring characteristic to nurture and utilize.

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One that makes many more connected to others and this beautiful world. One that brings more attention to productivity levels and innate abilities, instead of the technological devices that facilitate them in the first place.

In honor of this post, check out my video "The Five Pieces of Equipment."