Monday, 24 April 2017

Opinionated: Progress for the Sake of Progress


Believe me when I say that I am not a conservative person at all, I think change is good when justified. Although holding on to traditions is quite charming, it can also lead to a myriad of conflicts as people tend to forget that all traditions were once new. 

Yet there are certain things in this world that upset me, amaze me or that I simply can't comprehend. I would like to introduce a returning column on this blog, where I will share some of these opinions with you. In the future, I would also like to invite guest writers to share their opinions here, so if you are interested don't hesitate to email me on savannahgiersthove@gmail.com to pitch your idea! 

I had been pushing back the first column entry for quite some weeks now, as I was uncertain of a suitable topic to kick start this new section. It came to me a few days ago, while I was reading an interview in NME in which the interviewee expressed his opinion on electronic devices. He explained that we've seen enough progress, that we don't need anymore portable electronic devices connected to the internet to improve the quality of our lives. I couldn't agree more. 

The first (not so) mobile phone was demonstrated in 1973 and the first domestic computers were introduced four years later in 1977. In about 45 years, what was once a luxury quickly became an addiction. When the first smartphone was introduced in 1994 everything changed, suddenly our lives were made so much easier. 

I am very traditional in this sense, as I think the laptop and smartphone are incredible inventions that were necessary to move forward and evolve society. However, my opinion shifts when it comes to smartwatches and cars that don't need to be driven by humans. Do we really need these things when we already have a smartphone that serves us on the road and a trustworthy laptop that serves us around the house and at work? Why would I need a watch to call somebody if I have my phone? Why would I want to be in a car that doesn't need me to drive it? 

Yes, it's all nice and modern, but how does it really improve the quality of our lives? It only makes us disconnect even more from reality. My generation was the first to grow up with the internet, yet we still had those priceless offline moments with friends and family. When someone talked we listened, when we were at a party there were no phones distracting everyone constantly. Yet we also had priceless online moments, while chatting on MSN or more recently, during hilarious Twitter rants. 

Currently the balance between offline and online is good, although I feel slightly panicked when the internet connection is faulty, I can still manage. Instead, I read a book or a magazine, go for a walk or do some organising around my room. Do we really want to depend more on electronic devices to do all our chores for us? What is the beauty of life if we are not living it consciously, by being present in the moment? 

What do you think? 

Lots of Love,

Savannah




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  1. I couldn't agree more with the opinions you shared in this post. The inventions of smartwatches and the car that drives itself, I think it just makes people to be more passive, if you know what I mean.

    xx, Cinthy Kwok

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    1. Hi Cinthy, thanks for you comment! Yes, I totally understand what you mean x

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