How Gadget Lovers Have Altered Communication
Electronic gadgets have radically redefined human communication in ways that cannot be compared with how earlier technology changed the way we communicate. The transistor radio, which became popular in the late fifties, changed the way people listened to music. Families used to listen to radio in their living rooms the same way they watched TV together. Aside from cars starting to include radios in the 1930s, radios were not portable until the 1950s.
Portable pocket radio meant you could now take music with you to the beach, park or other scenic places that may not have had access to electric power. The transistor radio was powered by a 9V battery, which became a standard around the time. It allowed you to hear background music wherever you went, either for a low volume private experience or a higher volume party atmosphere.
Fast forward to 2017 and transistor radios have disappeared from the pop culture landscape. Electronic gadgets provide a much wider scope of possibilities than just listening to the radio. As multimedia devices they can do more than what people dreamed of doing in the transistor radio era. Unlike portable radios, today's mobile devices are interactive, allowing you to connect with other humans to communicate without being in the same room.
But due to the amazing popularity of mobile devices, some people like the "gadget lovers" pictured, have replaced face to face communication with online communication, even when they're in the same room. It's a way of shutting out certain people from your life as much as it is connecting with them on a more focused level. After all, a text message can tell you exactly what a person said, instead of guessing if you didn't hear all the words correctly.
The problem with getting too psyched about mobile communication is that if you become too detached from society, it presents the risk of turning you into a robot-like creature based on technology. As your emails and social media messages stack up, you begin to operate in more of a push-button mode. You find yourself clicking the "like" button more on Facebook instead of actually expressing how you feel in your own words. Eventually, we may no longer have to worry about making eye-contact with other humans as we only need to focus on what we see on our screens.
Gadget lovers can be seen everywhere you turn these days. They use gadgets to help them shop and find places while they travel. Many gadget lovers simply pass the time away playing video games as their way to fight boredom. In this case, technology has created a dehumanized experience that is merging more and more with whatever software engineers design to use up leisure time.
In some cases, gadgets can help people improve their lives, such as using apps that provide answers to questions about nutrition, exercise and well being, the three most important modes for living a healthy lifestyle. But when people become preoccupied with the device itself, it can prevent them from pursuing a healthy lifestyle. The more it puts someone in a hypnotic trance, the more it can cut down the amount of exercise a person gets. The more people rely on gadgets for information, the less need to exchange information with people in physical settings.
Making fun of mobile devices is no longer tolerated in our society, as they have become like a religion, the same way TV, movies and music are revered like a religion. Criticism of this realm is considered unhip. It's all part of marketing, social conditioning and mass brainwashing. Even though a 1957 transistor radio can still work today, you're not allowed to ask why much more complex mobile devices are built to become outdated after five years. If you don't have the latest, fastest, most colorful gadget, you've fallen into a world of irrelevance.
Once the battery runs out on your expensive electronic gadget, you will be shunned and ridiculed for asking where to get a replacement battery. "Just buy a new phone" is what the arrogant clerk has been programmed to tell you in a trance. It's all part of a huge marketing prank to pollute the world with as many unrecyclable gadgets as possible just so that the Big Tech manufacturers can make billions more dollars and fine-tune the ways they track individuals. Prepare for deeper involvement as a robot assigned to the matrix.