“I need privacy, I need my own space so leave me alone…”
This major desire for space and privacy has broken joint families into nuclear families and now it has become one or two individuals as family and soon will be one man/woman family.
Living alone has become “Fun” as “space” is what everyone needs. Earlier we had one room with the entire family sitting together and now each has his own room and the family has reduced to 3 or 4 members with hardly any time spent together.
We are communicating less on the physical level and more through mobiles and messages. The specialty of speech given to us humans to express, interact, emote and connect thereby has gone missing. Nowadays emojis are saying what words can say. It has become convenient to reduce the use of our tongue for speech and silence has become golden!
But due to this has the mind become more tumultuous? As a being, have we become lonely even in a crowd? Does the crowd truly exist physically or are they in the mind or on the browser or on social media?
The scene as far as the current and coming youth is that they are becoming individualistic and lonely. They need a lot of space on the physical level and yet their social media is jam packed with the so called friends. Messages are so many that the mobiles run out of space. The mind has so much that it is constantly signaling to delete some stuff. Brain is multi tasking, while the body is not moving out of the chair or bed.
It is worrying to see all of them trapped in the virtual and plainly ignoring the visible. Understanding as per the Gita that everything is Maya, changing constantly and therefore an illusion, I would definitely love to see a lot of change.
As we delve deeper into the scriptures, the one thing we understand is all that we see is unreal. So probably it has been understood by our younger crowd in a way where they feel that all the people and beings they can see are unreal and all that they can see in the virtual or on the mobile screen are real!
Actually both are unreal only because change is constant and what we saw a moment ago has already changed. So what exactly is real or who exactly is real…this is something very important to ponder about.
But the virtual is addictive and also far away thereby more preferred by the current generation. Technology was supposed to be of help to connect with more and more people and communicate with more people. It was to join all and yet it has made most kids into recluses who avoid talking to everyone who is visible but would talk for hours to someone who is not physically available.
It is an escape wherein the true responsibility of Being human is evaded. Technology is to be used for the benefits it offers and not as the only medium of survival.
If we tell the kids of today to leave their cell phones/tabs or usage of internet totally for a few days, they might undergo withdrawal symptoms like what happens when one takes drugs.
But even before that actually happens, they will have to go through a list of mental illnesses, traumas due to loneliness, insecurity and fear and a lot more.
Who is going to take responsibility for this? As parents are we trying to balance what our parents taught us and what our kids feel is “cool”?
A lot of questions have to be asked and a huge shift in the current mindset is needed to avoid what seems like “The End”!
A lot of broken marriages, disputes and separations in the last few decades could have been one of the reasons for the way the children have drifted from humanity. Technology suddenly boomed and entered as a respite, replacing all wrecked relationships. Technology took over the lives of people and destroyed most of the interpersonal relationships.
A virtual world was created that took away the pain that would arise from physically relating to people. It was safe, hidden, and private and pain free.
Where there is love, pain might exist. So what? It is all temporary! What is the big deal about privacy? What is it that we are doing so privately that except our own family the entire search engines on the web know!
We feel whatever we are sharing or posting is private and limited only to the people who we share with. It is so?
When I share with my spouse or my kids or my loved ones I know it is private. When I share on the internet its ‘public’ even though, I might have chosen to opt ‘private’ in the settings.
Hands holding the hand of a younger
Is it not time for us to direct and guide the young kids away from so much internet and give them a happy loving fun filled time with family? Is it not our responsibility as Human beings to bring back togetherness, love and care for all living beings on the physical level? Actual visit to farms, meeting farmers, sharing our things with the ones who are not as privileged, spending time with the aged, playing with the mentally challenged and orphans who long for friends and company…
So much to give back to humanity…being a human being…