Is DIGITAL a Delight or Delusion or Detoxification?
As we open the window to the digital world we close the door to the real world… a fascinating irony of today’s world… Microsoft window has redefined our life. Our working, living and thinking has changed.
Virtual Technology is the Real Transformer.
Windows are no more just a part of our real houses; these have also become an integral part of our digital devices. These are opening up doors to newer opportunities; the possibilities in the digital world are boundless. A delight!
We are popular social animals, we love to interact and mingle with members of our community. But the paradox is that we have become unsociable with obsessive engagement with the revolutionary social media. Social media enables social interaction of real people in virtual place.
We are now living in two distinctively different worlds.
But the duration of a day remains 24 hrs. The more we are in the virtual world the lesser is the time we spend in the real world. Offline is becoming the exception and online the rule. We have restricted our venture out into nature. We have reduced our walk in the park. We have cut our direct talk i.e. face to face. We have increased our indirect type and chat. A delusion!
We are digitally squeezed between the idiot box and the smart pad. Devices are becoming smarter and we are becoming stupid. Devices are becoming slimmer and we are becoming fatter. Burgers and pizzas are ruling our gastronomical domain.
Devices are becoming inter-dependent and we are becoming dependent.
Net is connecting and we are getting connected through social networking. Tasks are getting multiplied and we are getting merged with multi-tasking. Chatting on mobile apps, talking on speaker phone and listening to music on earphone…we are oscillating between the delight and delusion.
Real faces are an illusion and real books are a mirage.
Kindle has become the book reader. Facebook has become a reality. Face recognition technologies have started analyzing characteristics of face images and imaging technology is redefining our understating of medical science. It has significantly enhanced the man and machine engagement.
Life now revolves around faceless faces in the books of faces. FACEBOOK.
Love is replaced with likes. Read is replaced with feed. Bag is replaced with tag. Postal is replaced with post.
Delight is getting replaced with delusion.
Digital world is not devoid of the touch of virtual reality.
We get to touch the white apples and the black berries. Yes, it is a matter of time we will experience all the seasons in the digital world. Mango and orange will not be out of range. Already MangoDB is a free open source database changing the database design. We are broadening our digital band through digital broadband. The real world is getting narrowed in the broaden highway of digital world. Videos are getting streamed as smooth as the flow of a lovely stream on the 3G to 4G broadband highway. Tubes are becoming the stream. You Tube is defining our sharing of videos. Delusion is becoming a delight.
We have stopped slogging and started blogging.
Basic physical exercise is getting eclipsed with broad mental extortion. We are immersed in technology diffusion. Technology is absorbing us; we are getting sucked into the digital vortex. Though our character defines our personality in the real world, but number of characters is defining our communication in the digital world…micro blogging is defining our messaging. Traffic management is no more restricted to the streets of our real world. Traffic flow is a delight in the blogs of virtual world.
Is it delight or delusion?
Digital world is changing the usage of language in the real world.
The use of English language is getting misused in digital lingos. Emoticons and Abbreviations are becoming the rule of language. SMS, ASAP, Smileys, MMS, ‘u’ for you, ‘ur’ for your, ‘4’ for for & ‘2’ for two are becoming an integral part of the digital dictionary…texting and messaging uses the combination of language letters and mathematical numbers and facial symbols in a manner that ruthlessly breaks the rules of real world communication.
It is neither delight nor delusion but it sheer distortion.
Real world photos are a delight, but are getting morphed in the digital world creating a delusion. The art of photography is getting crafted into the digital world using Photoshop and Photo Editor. How much is real art and how much is craft, remains the moot question. Nevertheless, digital moments are beautiful. But how do you share your captured moments with your families and friends? In Digital world it is instant, Instagram is there with a click, and options are many and with a flick you are there with the Flickr.
Quest has been the drive for human discoveries in the real world. Search for continents and search for constellations. Voyages have been stretched and discovery has been sporadic. Search in real world is a delusion. But search in digital world is a click away…just Google and discovery is a delight. Search for anything on the real world and you have many things to screen and select in the virtual space.
It is a deluge of digital information, delight for some and delusion for many.
Today we all live in two worlds. One is the physical world and the other is the virtual world. The virtual world came into existence with advent of the digital technology. This has predominately happened in the last two decades. It is the internet and mobile technology which came into extensive usage in the last two decades i.e. from 1994 to social networking phenomena like Facebook just a decade back in 2004. People born and grow during this period are generally termed as Digital Natives. Evidently all the people before this period are branded as Digital Immigrants.
Digital Natives take to technology the way fish takes to water. They are networked with their social circle through Facebook to instant connect with Twitter to continuous chat with What’s Up. iPhone to iPad is there virtual playground. They get up and do their mental jog on the iPad by scanning through the e-newspaper to e-music. They say good morning to their near and dear ones through the What’s Up. They capture the day’s lovely moments and get it instantly uploaded into Instragram.
Digital Immigrants respond to technology the way person with water phobia is asked to plunge into the swimming pool. They all have cherished the physical feel of the newspaper in the morning to switching on the radio or the television to hear the world voice. It is the handset phone which had given the grip and the feel in communication. They have been using the pen-paper to capturing their thoughts and feeling. They have enjoyed the visit of the postman which brought enough smile with the envelope. They have captured the moments through the analog devices and had to patiently wait for the process to produce the picture.
In both the natives and immigrants there are two categories of people, one who avoids and one who adapts. It is not about the digital immigrant who is perceived to avoid or ignore the influx of technology. There are many digital natives who have entered into the seen it and done it syndrome. They are caught in the ‘fatigue factor’. The factor of anything excessive is exhaustive. They simply don’t enjoy the all-encompassing technology. They no more want their privacy to be peeped. They consciously want to ignore and avoid the excessive dependency on technology.
Today technology has become a new language.
To effectively engage and interact with somebody, we need to know whether the individual is a digital native or a digital immigrant. As in the real world it is myth to state that all natives are better than immigrants. Similarly, in the virtual world immigrants are adapting to the newer technologies & trends much faster and better than natives.
We are living in the critical phase of the technology revolution. When we are young we absorb to new language easily than when we grow older. Perhaps this debate will be put to rest with the rapid convergence of both worlds…
There needs to be a fair balance between delight or delusion, or we will end up in forced detoxification.