Technology has connected the world but disconnected us humans!
Two years back, on one of my trips to Singapore, I boarded the metro (MRT) to get to downtown and as I looked around, I saw people with laptop bags hanging from their shoulders, along with iPads and smartphones in their hands. It was amazing how each one was juggling these gadgets and how they were constantly tapping their fingers on their iPads and smartphones. Although, the Bluetooth devices and headphones helped with answering the calls. Every individual had created an invisible wall around himself, causing complete isolation in an otherwise totally crowded train. Nobody made eye contact since they seemed to be engaged with someone else in the virtual world. This is what technology has done to each one of us. We have stopped acknowledging the people around us, friends, family & colleagues because we are constantly chatting, liking, sharing and commenting on posts online put up by people who may not be even close to us. Ironic, isn’t it?
It’s funny though that in 2003, I was part of a core team, which initiated the migration from a TDM network to an IP network for one of the leading Telcos in Singapore. We were evaluating various features that a business user could get and Presence was a critical feature. Later on, I also initiated the launch of Unified Communications for an ISP in Singapore, little knowing that the Unified Communications and Unified messaging would all converge on our smart phones. We made PPT presentations to convince the top management about the advent of this technology and the benefits that it would provide to the end users. We talked about UC being device agnostic. I never ever imagined how technology would dramatically transform our social behavior. Device agnostic for sure, everything is at our finger tips, and whatever is not, you have the app store. We are married to our devices and funnily enough, they have become our eye openers first thing in the morning.
We know what’s happening in any part of the world almost instantaneously through social media but we fail to acknowledge the people who are sitting right across us in our living rooms. We barely make eye contact even at the dinner table. The world seems to have shrunk but we seem to have gotten distant.
But looks like very soon, people will realize the damages being done and may start making conscious efforts to detox from these devices and social media. The following are some of the Do’s & Don’ts to remain Connected in today's disconnected world!
Put your devices on silent mode when in meetings
Keep your devices away when having lunch or dinner
Try to make real conversations with real people
Converse with your colleagues, family & friends offline
Keep your thumb steady when you have real people around you
Have long conversation if you get a call while talking to someone.
Keep looking at your phone, while talking to someone
Keep checking your phone while in a meeting
Check your phone while driving
When you share your time and attention with people around you, you will soon realize that Life is lot more beautiful beyond Likes, Comments & Shares!