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Technology Paradox
Hem Raj Bhatt
In
society
most
households have clock,
phones, and TV in
almost every room. Our
schedules
are
now
demarcated by minutes
instead of hours; many
of us suffer from stress
and constantly complain
that we don’t have
enough time to do every
thing we want to do.
The complaint appears
Paradoxical because we
know there has been an
almost
exponential
development
in
technology.
As
technology
expedites
our tasks, and even our
transportation gets us
where we need to be
more quickly. Still we
have less time then ever
to spend leisurely, and I
would like to argue that
this problem is not
because of technology,
but rather, because
technology has created
more pursuits and we
people are subject to a
basic ethical drive for
“more”.
Most of us get caught up
in a schedule of going to
work each day, coming
home late, then taking
care of mundane details
before falling into the
bed only to get up early
the next day to continue
the routine.

In metropolitan society
both parent work fulltime, so are busy
working through out the
week, which leaves
them only the weekends
to
take
care
of
households. As a result,
many
parents
feel
ostracized from their
children because they
don’t have the time or
energy to spend with
their kids.
Some people suffer from
chronic stress because of
their busy schedule.
What little free time
people do have, they
spend on the phone, in
front of TV, or on the
computer. People can
wile away hours in front
of TV, and not come
away feeling relaxed
because they have spent
that entire time keeping
up with the constant
flash of image, storing
information
about
characters, plots themes
product
and
other
aspects of the media and
all with out realizing
that they are doing so.
The influx of media is
just one element of the
reason why people don’t
have enough time.
Some time we feel
easier to sit down in
front of TV that it is to
take the time out to do
something special. We

are being filled our time
with
mediated
technologies and get so
caught up in our favorite
shows or games that we
don’t take the time to do
other things they have
been “meaning to do”.
People
are
being
conservative protestant
(Westernize) ethic that
dictates people should
work hard now so they
may reap the reward
later. While this ethic is
essential for effective
productivity and pushes
us to want more, it has
become detrimental to
human psyche. People
push themselves to
become more efficient
so they can accomplish
more. However, then
they have started adding
more goals so that in
effect the job never gets
done.
So while technology has
given the means of more
efficient production it
has given us more things
to deal with and
accomplish. As a result,
people find themselves
running
around
endlessly;
sometime
forgetting what it is they
are running after.
The key to more leisure
time has become not
mere technology but a
refusal to let technology
run our lives. So, we

must learn to stop once
in a while, breathe, and
enjoy life as it comes.

We should experience
time and our family and
must learn to achieve a

balance between looking
ahead to tomorrow and
learning to enjoy today.

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