TODAY -

Too Close Too Apart

Themneivah Sitlhou *



We are living in a global village of this modern world. Everything is modernised along with our living style. What makes the whole world a global village is because of the advancement in technology. Message, information and news can be passed on to anyone anywhere at any time.

Atleast one of any technological equipment such as computer, laptop, mobile phone etc. is found in every household. This is how relevant modern technology is. Most of the people can now access to internet.

Social media is the computer based technology which help us in communication, sharing information and also help us in learning to great extent. The growing importance of modern technology is explicit.

The birth of the advancement in technology can be welcome as a blessing or a boom but we cannot deny the fact that is has become our modern day tradition. It influence us a lot that we feel awkward if we donít use them. This becomes a burden to a poor family.

Our minds are lingering around the social media and our hands are cuffed with our smartphone. Some of the top trending social media apps are facebook, WhatsApp, instagram etc. Most of the internet users have used them. We enter to a completely different world when we use them. We meet new friends from all around the world. New are updated timely and it can reach to any internet user at any instant.

Online apps such as facebook becomes a useful platform for people to raise their voice against any injustice things in a society. It also become a political platforms where people share their ideas and opinions about the politics in their regions.

There are also a lot of entertainment and inspirational pages which help us to boost ourselves. Internet also assist us in our work in many ways and it helps us in our study as well. They let us live our life much more easier ever than before they existed. This is only one side of the story.

However, we have the darker side of the story as well. Social media is also a cumbersome in our daily life which can abuse us mentally. We know that it has no bound to any community. They bring us together and we mingle among ourselves when we cannot perform physically. The worst time comes when we have communical riots in a society. Social media becomes a means to spread hatred to one another.

The online platform which brings us all together itself create a rift of feeling between the two community or more. Cyber bullying is also a serious threat to humanity and it has becomes a serious sickness of our society. They invade someoneís privacy and expose them using social media. This causes a mental disturbance to the victim and when a person went through alot of psychological trauma they become ill .

The advancement of technology comes along with a flock of feathers with degradation of moral and discipline. With no exception of youth and adults, we misused our freedom of life and expression over social media. There is a blur of respect between the Youngs and the elders.

Our moral ethics which govern our conduct of our life ebbed away. Using of cheap words and posting and sharing of inappropriate things flooded social media. If we donít give a proper guidance to the young ones, these might hinders their moral development.

Just as social media brings us closer to each other from all angels of the world , it can also create a big chasm of distance and feelings among the family members. Family means sharing of love and feeling.

Electronic equipments such as mobile phone is like a drug. We can be addicted to it. This usually happen to the young ones who are fond of gaming. This can harm their social life as well. They alienate themselves from the family members.

Without moving out from their room they can spend the long whole day all alone as long as they are accompanied by phones. This creates disturbance in their time management which in turn affect their studies. There is no peace of mind in a family where there is one of this kind.

This modern world also blind us from seeing the beauty of nature and restrain us from enjoying the peace of nature. It drives us to the very edges of busy life that we donít have time for enjoying the nature.

Engaging too much with mobile phones also restrict us from enjoying the reality of the event. This happens everywhere. We donít really heed our mind and affection to any event that we joined. All we do is a mere presence and busy in taking photos. We missed the beauty of the right moment.

In our present world we canít really differentiate the true value of character from that of mere ones. We disguised hypocrisy to humanity. We are crazy over our own fame in a society than that of our true self and true intention. We tend to help others just for the sake of names good position in a society.

Whatever it is, we canít imagine of our life without internet and social media. Technology development becomes a milestone in human history. Also we canít really estimate how hard our life would be without modern technology. Infact they brought us to this modern era. However we should also be very cautious so that we are not carried away by them. No doubt, our advancement in technology is a blessing to us.

We should utilised them for our own betterment and to bring good in the society. We are really indebted to this blessing. We should pay up our debts by using them in the right way. This is what a responsible citizen does. Lets us use them to explore the world from a positive viewpoint.

We should also priotized our values of character in our life. Let us also spare our time for self introspection. We are the one who develop the modern technology. We owned them. We shouldnít be enslaved by them but we should put them in the right form at the right time.

Above all, letís not be too greedy to spare our time for nurturing nature. Because there is true peace in nature which will help us relief our ourselves from all kinds of threats. We should adore them and protect them and in turn we will earn happiness. Last but not the least, let us never give a chance for human technologies to apart us mentally.


* Themneivah Sitlhou wrote this article for Imphal Times
This article was webcasted on October 30 2020.



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