Modern Electronic Devices Changed Us and Made Us Less Humane

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Some electronic devices like TV, computer and cell phone have become an integral part of our life. They have made this planet a much more comfortable place to live in. But, have they made us less humane?

Electronics Begins to Invade this World

In the last three decades, there has been a tremendous development in the field of electronics and communication. A lot of electronic devices were popularized. They brought about many conveniences into our life and made it much more easy and comfortable. Of these, the TV, the computer and the cell phone made the greatest impact in our life. We cannot think of a single day without these three devices. We can spend a day without eating, but not without access to the three electronic gadgets. But have we lost something in the bargain?

The Introduction of TV into Our Life

Three decades previously, TV sets were not very common in our place. We bought our first TV set in 1985 or 1986. The pace at which the TV spread like an epidemic across the country was tremendous. Once it became popular, it made its entry into every house in no time. Cable TV and DTH services were introduced later and now, watching TV has become part of the everyday routine for all of us.

But TV has done some damage to our family life. Communication or conversation between family members has suffered to some extent due to the influence of the TV. Occasions when family members sit together and engage in trivial conversation have become rare due to the TV. Instead, all of them sit before the TV watching it and there is no scope for any conversation. This is very undesirable as the warmth of relationship between family members will suffer.

The Computer Becomes a Household Device

The computer has also become an integral part of every home. Computer together with internet has made it possible for us to perform many activities without having to go out to town. One can make bank transactions through the computer without leaving his home. For booking train tickets or air tickets we need not have to go anywhere. These are the advantages of computer and internet. Of course there are many more to add to the list.

But there is a bad side for the computer and internet. It is internet addiction, something that has been added to the list of common addictions like alcohol addiction, addiction to smoking, drug addiction etc. which existed before the advent of computer and internet. Internet addiction is very damaging and it has destroyed the married life of many youngsters.

The Cell Phone Becomes Our Companion

The latest addition of electronic device in this category is the cell phone or the mobile phone. TV, Cell phone and internet (with computer) have made this planet a very small place. Any communication can be transferred to any point on this earth instantly. News items spread like wildfire across the entire world.

Cell phone gives us the most convenient medium for communicating with others. It can be used for banking, paying bills, booking tickets and what not! What are the negative aspects of a cell phone? There are many. Most cell phones now have digital cameras integrated into them. It is a threat to the privacy of other people.

When a motor accident happens in the middle of the road we see a number of young guys rush to the spot. Don’t think that they are going to help the victims. They are rushing to the spot to take snap shots or movies of the mishap on their cell phone camera. What an inhuman act!

Most cell phones are having music players in them. We can see boys and girls walking the streets with ear phones inserted into their ears, enjoying music from the cell phone, quite oblivious of what is happening around. Many have ended up in getting run over by some motor vehicle or train.

The damage done by these three electronic companions of the modern man is that he has become less humane or he has become more or less like a machine because of them. Of course nobody can avoid them because of the many comforts they provide. This is the first step to enter into a world that is going to be ruled by machines!

Image credits:
Watching TV - Wikimediacommons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fatty_watching_himself_on_TV.jpg

Computer - Wikimedia commons
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wireless_network.jpg

Cell phone - Wikimedia Commons
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Two_Cell_Phones.png

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I live in Tiruvalla, a small town in the state of Kerala, in India. I am an electrical engineer and I love to write.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
21st Sep 2012 (#)

I would have to disagree with the basic proposition - It is actually us humans that have made us less humane, not the devices we use. It is easy to blame a tool, but remember that bad workmen have been doing that for centuries.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
22nd Sep 2012 (#)

Thank you Peter, for visiting my page and posting your valuable opinion.

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author avatar AMITA PATEL
21st Sep 2012 (#)

very true .. the human touch is really lost in this electronics era

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
22nd Sep 2012 (#)

Thank you Amita.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
22nd Sep 2012 (#)

Thank you Steve, for the quick moderation and the star.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
22nd Sep 2012 (#)

most interesting Pradeep..I know i am addicted to writing be it on paper or pc....oh well!!!

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
23rd Sep 2012 (#)

Thank you for the comment, cn.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Sep 2012 (#)

Your concluding line was the comment that came to me when I was reading this well thought out article, Pradeep! Adults can take responsibility but for children they cannot make wise choices. When we restrict them, they feel like denying them basics of life. Life is indeed getting out of our control and we do not realize the perils as yet. Who will bell the cat? - siva

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
23rd Sep 2012 (#)

Rightly said, Siva. We are also becoming part of all these, though reluctantly . We cannot stop anyone or we cannot turn our backs to the developments in technology. If we do, we will only get sidelined. Thank you friend, for the visit.

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author avatar vpaulose
6th Nov 2012 (#)

Good info. thank you Pradeep.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
12th Nov 2012 (#)

Thank you VP, for the visit.

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author avatar vpaulose
12th Nov 2012 (#)

Again here wishing you Happy Diwali.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
17th Nov 2012 (#)

Thank you dear VP. And sorry for the delay in acknowledging.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
14th May 2013 (#)

The funny part of the gadgets are - whenever I decided to buy one- the very next day I find the new one- coming and coming-
So, no buying!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Oct 2014 (#)

I miss you dear Pradeep. I do hope you are well - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Feb 2015 (#)

How are you keeping? Long time no see - siva

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