Gung-ho about gadgets

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Gung-ho about gadgets

Technology may have done its share of good but people are becoming increasingly obsessed with it. Each day, new ‘stores’ and ‘markets’ are coming up.

There is no dearth for new applications and state-of-the-art gadgets. In such a scenario,  youngsters talk about how technology has created an impact on their lives and whether they can survive without it.

Narcissistic approach

Simran Sharma, a BBM student of St Joseph’s College of Commerce, says, “It is important to strike a balance. We often get addicted to new social networking sites or applications and forget about the people around us. One should always know where to draw the line. The joy of meeting people and hanging out with them cannot be achieved through a group chat on Gmail or Whatsapp. Youngsters must go out and see what life has to offer instead of restricting themselves to their rooms staring at photographs.”

Health risks

Manisha U, a student of MSc in fashion communication at JD Institute of Fashion Technology, says, “There are a lot of health risks involved with gadgets and technology. Spondylitis has become a common problem among youngsters because of the constant use of computers. They also suffer from eye-related problems because of staring continously at the screen.  The obsession of taking the perfect selfie could even lead to low morale and suicidal tendencies.”

A boon or bane?

Faisal Pasha, a BBM student of CMS Jain College, says, “Technology often interferes with real life. We live in a world that is constantly connected and everyone expects us to respond immediately to an email or message nowadays.  Many a time, constant updates on networking sites and groups can become a pain in the neck too. It is scary how people are even seen messaging while crossing the road.”

Learning aid

Suyash Vij, an MBA student of Christ University, says, “Technology has improved the lives of students to a great extent and eased the knowledge-seeking process. In the past, students used to write down the notes and maintain a register. But now, even teachers prefer using PowerPoint presentations. Making notes isn’t as hard as earlier as one has the option to copy, paste and modify content at any point of time. There are also many helpful applications. For instance, the students of my college have made an attendance app which is very useful.”

Withdrawal symptoms

Trishala Srinivas, a student of Jain College, says, “Although I am not addicted to my phone or smartphone, I have often seen youngsters going frantic when their battery gets drained off or there is no signal. It pains me to see them spend most of their time and energy ‘plugged in’. The withdrawal symptoms of youngsters when they are deprived of gadgets is almost similar to the ones experienced by drug addicts. One can see panic, confusion, anxiety and even bouts of depression.” 

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