‘Lest we forget our precious planet as we slip deeper into a comatic state of technological dependency. Yes if you ignored that sentence correctly, you would have seen that ‘Comatic’ is a word I just made up – Shh I can so do that because this is my blog…
Anyway if you took a wild guess about why I used such a term as comatic (my definition is a conscious coma like state of existence) and you guess I meant like a zombie, well, then you would be right.
When I was in school we did something called a ’40 hour famine’. It is an activity for charity where school students will not eat for 40 hours, live off only water and barley sugar lollies, door knock and try and raise money for hungry children. The aim of this (other than to obvious raising money) was so that well off children would be able to feel how it feels to go hungry – problem with this was, there were already kids that went hungry at the school, so nobody was all that bothered, signed up and just lived their daily life having not learnt a lesson at all.
When the school caught on to the fact that most the kids that entered were already starving themselves due to psychological issues, such as thinking they were fat due to bullying or because their parents chose to spend their welfare checks on smokes, booze and drugs, the youth committee had decided on another 40 hour famine – a 40 hour no technology and furniture ban.
A lot of this kids were outraged and this was around about the time that facebook started to become big at my first Highschool. Many of the students were already addicted to their facebook on their phones and they also had their myspace (back when myspace was ‘cool’).
When I look back at this particular 40 hours, most of the students couldn’t even last three hours, including myself. After the 40 hours started I soon forgot that we were supposed to give it up. The internet in general has been a part of my life since I was ten so I couldn’t imagine not living without it. Even when I hiked around the Flinders ranges for seven days, a lot of the girls who went with me still tried to access the internet on their phone (thankfully it didn’t work).
My point here is – have we become so dependent on technology that we really can’t go without? The very thought of your phone, internet, television and all your other tech items not working can send a horrible shiver down your spine and cause a mini anxiety attack. Thankfully my phone has been cut off that many times (from refusing to pay my bills because quite frankly my kids are more important) that I am not bothered when I don’t have internet. It still does bug me slightly, we shouldn’t be so reliant on technology, it’s not making our situation better… when technology fails then what?