I’m sitting in an airport at the moment, and looking around me this is what I see…
Can you imagine a global blackout - no electricity to run machinery, computers, house phones, the phone signals wouldn't work, no light, no resources to do anything. I've recently been doing some work experience in a hospital and the amount of machines they rely on to keep people alive is incredible… There can be needles and tubes going in everywhere across the body that each link up to a certain machine, and without one of these working the patient would crash and burn.
I’m not saying technology hasn’t helped us evolve and further our skills, because it obviously has – fifty years ago we couldn’t dream of the kind of incredible, complicated communication systems and machinery we have today. Technology makes our day-to-day jobs, roles and relationships a whole lot easier, but there is definitely a thread that needs to be cut when we stop having conversations, meals together and any business meetings in person.
Everyone around me seems to be engaged and paying full attention to their technology, but the truth is I’m doing the same. Writing a blog on my laptop, with my headphones in listening to music - I do it all too, all the time. Sometimes I stop myself in my tracks and realise that I haven’t had longer than a 10-minute chat in person to a lot my friends in months. Although it can be ‘easier’ to just drop them a quick message on Facebook saying hey or Snapchat them, I know I enjoy much more talking in person, spending time and going out to do something. Based on the amount certainly I use technology and rely on it, what will be happening fifty years from now is interesting to consider… Will the use of paper, for instance, be completely cut out? Will people go outside and do things together? How many Facebook friends will I have? 2000? 3000? 4000? But how many real friends will I have?
All of the blogs on From Our Eyes have been written by young people. They are about the kind of issues and problems teenagers face on a constant basis, as well as worldwide epidemics that not only youth, but EVERYONE experiences day to day.