“Santa” gave me a Nikon D90 for Christmas las year because he knew I had found a new love of photography. This photo (left) is one I took in my backyard after I had spend around five hours on the computer surfing different sites like facebook, IMBD, twitter, and playing games and such. After wasting the majority of my day on my mac, I decided I needed fresh air and went outside, but I couldn’t just go empty handed, I had to have my ipod. After I stepped out, the beauty of my favorite tree in my back yard was so glorious that I had to take my ipod out of my ears and just gawk at the image in silence. And then I got a thought.
Feeling inspired, I dressed my ipod on the tree and began to take shots of it with my Nikon. What am I trying to get at with this pic? I want everyone to think about our dependence on todays technology. When someone says the word “apple” most of us think of “apple iphones”, or “apple computers” instead of the fruit, or the tree. As much as I love my apple products, I am afraid we as people have become too attached; and its not just to apple products, its to modern technology in general. For example, at first I couldn’t go outside alone, I had to bring my ipod to preoccupy me. So many kids today, even young ones, are spending more time inside on their computers, wiis, playstations, xbox’s, gameboys, or even just on the couch texting instead of going outside and playing, walking, hiking, “shootin hoops” or whatever else that doesn’t involve technology. We rely on the internet for everything! Don’t lie…I know you have, and do use sparknotes since I am guilty as well. I wish we could bring awareness with the needy, and clingy love affair (obsession) relationship we have developed with modern technology. Seems hypocritical and something like a paradox that I’m discussing this issue over my internet blog, but I feel this way the issue will be read more. I want to shed the light on this discussion and hear what you all think.
Do you think people (we) are too dependent on the internet, and are a slave to modern technology? Where is the line drawn for the age of children that are surfing the internet? What is a reasonable amount of time to be spending on the computer, watching tv, or with gaming systems? Do you think we have lost sight of the fact that we don’t need all these things (cellphones, internet, computers, gaming counsoles etc) to live our lives and have a good time while living it? Let me know what you think.