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Miraculous Monsters

March 15, 2009

Have you ever heard of the ‘Monster’ who gobbles people up..?

No…! I think you have but we all call it as a ‘Computer’.

 

It is the best machine man has ever created. Making everyone’s lives easier. Work, entertainment, socializing, you name it; the computer does it for you. You can do enormous amounts of work on it in ‘no time’, or to be more precise ‘anytime’. Be it business dealings with clients living thousands of miles form you or giving shape to your new idea in the middle of the night the computer is right by your side like a mate in time of need. And with internet by its side there is nothing else a human being needs.

 

Exactly… There is the problem. Humans don’t need fellow humans anymore. O.K…! I am exaggerating it a bit; but ask anyone whose family member is always on the computer, they’ll agree with me. IT seems to be the fastest growing industry now-a-days, but ask what families think when their youngsters spend almost all of the day and even half of the night with their beloved computers, when they should be with the family having dinner or attending family functions, or just spending some quality time with them.

 

If not working everyone seems to be using it for entertainment and there is no age bar. Movies, music, chatting, browsing, blogging all done at the click of the mouse. Teenagers are addicted to it. It begins right with toddlers whose parents proudly introduce them to the interactive learning games on the internet at the age of two.

 

So… That is a good thing. How can I be negative about it..?

What parents can’t see that these are the toddlers who suffer from childhood obesity because they lack physical exercise, as all they ever move are their fingers on the keyboard. And the people (parents) who themselves are responsible for this, start complaining that they don’t go out very often to play.

                                          

Time flies while using the computer. You don’t even know how easily those hours went by when your friends were waiting for your call & you were online surfing & passing the time when you were supposed to be at the movies with them.

 

But I must say there is a silver lining. The best thing about it is when people who really need it use it. Not the techys but the oldies who are having their second childhood having so much leisure time on their hands and trying out new things, or when the housewives master the monster. Mostly, they used to be the only organisms with least contact with the real outer world, as their families used to be the centre of their universe. Now with this new miracle on her lap (instead of a baby who needs to be changed) she too keeps account of what is going on in the world.

 

It has given her a new way to learn new thing. Thing that interest her, like what new can she do to help her child with studies, how to maintain her finances or her all time favorite ‘creativity in the kitchen’ and some go a step further to tap the unfamiliar grounds of the share markets too.

 

So… It’s not that bad a monster after all. Just know when & how much of it people around you can take. When you start calling your son my dear ‘mouse’, you do need a break.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2009 10:20 am

    The monster gobbles up even weekends these days. See, you just posted something on a Sunday and I am commenting on it. How sad! Sometimes feel I want to break it all and go to to some place with no internet, TV or phone… But yeah, life is hard to imagine without one moster on the lap!

    ya so true.. 🙂

  2. March 15, 2009 12:42 pm

    Yeah… many people, including some state governments thought of ‘computer’ as a real monster that could gobble up things including jobs! Sadly, none wrote an article like this in those times… and many young guys an gals of that genre were deprived of the education which could have proved to be a life-path changer for them. Whatever you have written as absolutely true, with a catch line, “Don’t forget to socialize beyond Orkut and blogs!” 😀

    hmm.. someone sitting across the globe knows what’s going on in your life but the people you live with have no clue.

  3. March 15, 2009 2:50 pm

    I soo agree..it is a monster..or rather we have made it one..its an addiction with me too now..:(

    have to let go… 🙂
    easier said than done I suppose*sigh*

    it feels weird if my comp conks out for even a day..

    time and priorities…hard things to handle 🙂

    we have made it so important..

    let go seems unimaginable.. 🙂

  4. March 15, 2009 5:24 pm

    Ahh!! So true, Oorja. Monster it is, as you have aptly put.

    I am currently in the phase trying to end my addiction, in order start seeing the outside world again. :oD In moderation, it is the best thing; isn’t it!

    the only thing i see in my Window(s) these days is blogs 😉

    welcome here.. 🙂

  5. March 15, 2009 6:13 pm

    I know couple of them who spend their whole time in from of Computer. It is addictive and one doesn’t even need real people around. Technology is a boon and bane.

    i thought my bro was one of those but now i am becoming more addicted than him..

  6. March 16, 2009 12:01 am

    Internet and computers have really simplified our life, regardless of whether we really need such forms of luxury or simplification. But the one aspect that I struggle to overcome is the neglect of hobbies… internet has started to take up time that would otherwise be dedicated to learning and trying out hobbies. My “talents” and hobbies are surely rusting 😦

    yes i too totally neglect all other things i could do which i like to do.. and sit with the comp.

  7. March 16, 2009 9:33 am

    Rightly said Oorja…its really monster….and when you are in IT field with long working hours at office…whether you are addicted or not..you have to sit in front of it..gazing at screen….

    with you on blog line….me to always reading some or other blog :-)..still dont understand why we become so interested in reading other’s life 🙂

    it is bad enough if you must work on it all the time.. but when we want to spent the rest of the time too facing it.. then it becomes.. too much..

    that is it.. it gives us a view into other peoples lives that is supposed to be private and so gains more interest. human tendency.. 😉

  8. March 16, 2009 10:23 am

    :trying to hide away: Since past few weeks, I too have turned into a moron who ignores her sister while working on her laptop. Once she mumbled in anger, I have decided to make amends.

    Call computer the monster and not me.

    ofcourse the comp is the monster not you or us.. but we are the ones who give it so much power over us.. so we too are the culprits.

  9. March 16, 2009 1:25 pm

    Hmm a necessary evil 🙂 Now that my sister is in France, I cant think not having a monster at home 🙂

    NECESSARY in capitals… i get to talk to my parents only through it.. so can’t live without it..

  10. March 16, 2009 8:04 pm

    I am one of those totally PC addicted person. I spend my major time at home with my PC. Now that I dont have my system with me, I am feel like a handicapped. This is one addiction thats going to live with me, forever !

    we all in the same boat.. 🙂

    and if we ever go for any rehabilitation for this addiction lets all bloggers go together.. 😉

  11. Apar permalink
    March 20, 2009 2:54 pm

    Well…what do I say? I am a prey to this monster. though I don’t know what I’d do without it to solve the problems I have!!

    hmm.. that’s why it is miraculous even when a monster.

    btw where have u been..?

  12. May 19, 2009 9:36 pm

    A really well-balanced post. @’my dear mouse’: LOL. Is there a particular reason we call the world a ‘rat race’? 😉

    what a corelation… 😀

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