By Tagbarha Malcolm, (FHNR)
My findings as a researcher has revealed that the average person spends 4 hours of their day surfing through their mobile phones. My wife is even one of the culprits in this. Her mobile phone has become a compulsory ritual to start her day and end the day as well. So many of us are guilty of this too. Our mobile phones has become our first and last point of exchange everyday, the privileged receiver of the final good nights and first good mornings as it were.
The proliferation of new social media applications have even brought this societal problem to a new high, one that today’s people are grappling with.
The World Wide Web came with the grand promise of facilitating more seamless connections between people. People who wouldn’t have been able to naturally connect due to geographical barriers, nevertheless, it has brought alongside a huge societal malaise that we must address.
Though these innovations are offering us new possibilities, however, at the same time, it is taking away a part of our humanity and our presence of mind and our sense of value for the things that really matter to us.
Today we have so many electronic friends and very few real friends. It is common and troubling to see a group of friends who go out for lunch, sit on the same table and each of them armed with his/her phone and connecting with supposed friends who are thousands of kilometers away. This has made proximity to now have a new meaning. A meaning that is not defined by geography but bandwidth.
Let’s give our humanity a chance.
Tagbarha Malcolm, (FHNR) Is The Pioneer Chief Press Secretary To Sapele LGA Council