11 things that the Internet has killed….
Internet like any other thing has its share of cons. A widely used service, having its moments of praise and criticism. Some basic joys of life, have now become extinct or just on the verge of it. Presenting some of these
There was a time before mobile phones, people actually use to keep their appointments and turn up on time. We did that because we had to, since we didn’t have means to let them know that we will be late while on move, so we would take buffer time and reach earlier than the scheduled time. Now in case we are late, we just send a sms and excuse the delay. The concept of taking some buffer time and starting a little early than scheduled is no longer present.
I heard someone saying why should I buy a watch, my phone is always there.Most of us prefer picking up or phones/ or look at the computer rather than twisting your wrists to check the time. The age old tradition of gifting watches, at the various stages of human life is no longer present. More soever it has been replaced by smart/basic phones. These phones have many applications which helps us to keep a track of time.
Music & Book Stores
Music stores have become completely extinct these days. People prefer downloading songs from Internet rather than buying CD’s. The era when going to music stores and listening songs is no longer present. Reason is simple,everyone wants it for free. Mostly all the songs are available on Internet and are free downloads. Since its free why pay?
With the evolution of E books, people have started preferring them to hard copies. Ease of availability and accessibility is overpowering the feel and smell of a new hard book .
Writing has always been a form of expression. Handwritten letters with special customized designs, in different colors, fonts gave a personal touch to these letters. These letters usually took sometime to reach the person, leading to curiosity and eagerness to receive some news from the loved ones. Today all you need to do is just type a letter and send it. The suspense and eagerness developed due to the waiting period is no longer present. Due to this the Post Office is no longer popular as a mode of communication, it is more popular as a pension payer and for PPF accounts.
The Internet has weakened our memory to an extent. For answers that we are confident about, we crosscheck it with GOOGLE, just to be double sure. Our minds have become so depended on the “To Do” app that even small things we update it in the apps.We rely on Internet for all the information even for those which we should be confident about like birthdays, anniversaries and so on. For simple information we prefer to trust Google search engine, rather than scanning our memory.
Free time is a time when you are just alone, doing nothing and relaxing. It is just you alone, today however it is not the case. According to a TIME POLL of more than 5000 people, 84% of respondents said that they could not go a single day without their cell phones, and 20% said they check once or more every 20 minutes.Even when you are alone you have your phone with you. A ping indicating a whatsapp message or social media update, is all it takes you to come back from your space. The point here is that we willinging leave our space to connect with others.
An interesting match usually led to empty roads less than a decade ago. People used to either fall sick or excuse a family emergency for these matches. These events were so popular that even loo and lunch breaks were timed as per them. Eager people rushing home to catch the balance of match, one person bringing the radio to office and others gathering around him to get an update. all this has been replaced by the F5 button. Everyone has internet and live streaming reduces this suspense.
Remembering Phone Nos
Even simple easy to remember golden numbers are not remembered by people these days. Earlier there used to be a small diary which everyone used to keep incase of emergency. today the numbers are stored in your mobile devices and in case if it is not present then it would be difficult to remember the number even of your spouse/parents.
Maps and Directions
An integral part of any travel luggage used to be the hard copy Maps, specially if you are going to an unknown city. The GPS and google maps have replaced these hard copy friends of travellers.
With internet it is extremely easy to hack into other people’s lives. you can access any information about anyone through internet. the fact that most moments are shared in social media is also a poacher of privacy.
The dabba or Lunch time used to be the best time for chatting and catching up with colleagues. Gossiping about boss and others was a major entertainment source in earlier days. Today during lunch hours people are just engrossed in their smartphones to check the social media and other things. Many times, in MNC’s people don’t even know most of the people in the office.
It’s not that it can’t be improved, it can be.
All we need is a little bit of discipline. Maybe time outs with Internet would help!!!!