In 2016 we use cellphones to help us with every aspect of our lives but can we really live without them?
In the event that we break or lose our favorite device we may experience a sense of doom or emptiness. All that remains is an original cardboard box full of promises with an eager charger anxious to serve a new master, neither able to fill the void left by that precious cell-phone. This may sound quite dramatic but keep in mind that information is no longer something we store at a library, information surrounds us and follows us everywhere we go.
Perhaps this is why we feel a need to express ourselves with the help of images and virtual interactions and thus the importance of a cell-phone. We need a cellphone to send a file, a snap, a picture or ultimately share our screen in real time. Apps like Facebook or Twitter have created a new plane of existence for us and games like Pokémon GO have redesigned space and time in such a way that there is no turning back. The only way to access these new world is through our mini computers. In a million years none of us will exist but it’s more than probable that our Candy Crush score will be stored in a database somewhere.
Our total dependence on technology can be a scary thought, one that may urge us to speculate how dangerous innovation really is. Nonetheless we are who we are as human beings because of our technological advances. This has been the case for a long long time.
Think of the industrial revolution, penicillin, the Internet… could we be where we are without them? So back to that broken cell-phone, it’s not the end of the world but having an extra tablet on hand will always be the best solution (for someone like that is).