Is Technology Taking Control of Your Life?

With the advent of technological advances in the entertainment industry, we have at our fingertips a world of infinite possibilities. Gaming, Music, Television are three astounding examples of the phenomenal developments we have witnessed in these last few decades. Thanks to the tireless efforts of those who dared to turn their visions into reality, we find ourselves engaging with devices and gadgets that we first encountered from the science fiction of yesteryears. Yet, as we find ourselves faced with an ever increasing amount of activities to choose from, it is too bad that we do not find a similar abundance in the time we have available to us. On that note, we must take care to maintain a sense of balance in our engagement with entertainment.

At present, the world of gaming has made some impressive evolutions since the days of board games and outdoor activities. A wide diversity of immersive environments and storylines are ready to welcome any players in accordance to their own unique preferences of creativity and difficulty. Offering more opportunities and fewer obstacles than real life, it is little wonder why many games enjoy more appeal than the routine nature of day to day life. However, one must keep perspective especially when playing upon that line which divides fiction and reality. It is all too easy to embrace escapism through video games when the problems in game are much more interesting and much less serious than problems in real life. Yet, if one neglects to deal with the challenges that life delivers, one cannot grow.

Another avenue of entertainment that has grown considerably over these past few decades is the television. Not only have production budgets increased to provide better computer graphic effects and diversity in programs but availability has been taken up a notch to an unprecedented realm. So called “On-Demand” services are now the norm amongst contending broadcasting stations. Where the restrictions of a living room location and a static program schedule would have acted as a firm border between entertainment and real life in the past, such a border has now been rendered obsolete. Handheld devices connected through WiFi to the Internet means instant access anywhere at anytime. The growing availability of program contents online has contributed to an excess of entertainment opportunities. The only problem is that there is more to watch than can possibly be done within the twenty-four hours that each of us has available to us each day.

On the note of the Internet, an additional concern can be discerned in its impact upon our personal lives. The intrapersonal dimension of thoughtful solitude is much more difficult to maintain in this day and age. Wherever we go, we can be reached through the use of cell phones or computers. Social media has brought the details of our lives into the open where compromises to privacy have proven particularly distressing. Particularly amongst young people, the accessibility available to converse with peers around the clock has resulted in a chronic lack of sleep which negatively impacts their ability to perform in school or at work. While the Internet has brought about countless benefits, it is important to understand its nature as a double edged sword.

There are many things that technology has brought us and we can happily anticipate the many additional benefits that await us in the tomorrows to come. Games, television or the Internet bring us all kinds of benefits but these do not come without a cost. We pay with our finite time for infinite entertainment and many of us are beginning to see the problems of perpetuating such an exchange. If you are finding that you need to reorient and to re-evaluate your strategy, why not consider taking some action? Many have found the benefits of a tech-detox to have been helpful in clearing their minds.