“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction.The world will have a generation of idiots.”
The above quote, credited by many to the genius Albert Einstein,is perhaps coming true. The day that Einstein feared has probably arrived. We live in an era where science and technology are its best and highest. When the Wright Brothers invented the first flying airplane in1903,it was something beyond wonders, beyond something one could ever imagine. So was when telephone, television and others electronics that we see today were invented then. It was beyond human imagination. Letters would take months then were reduced to minutes with the Telegram. Computer and internet make the mails and letters much shorter and easier with the email. Of course , the telephone could always make one hear the near and dear ones voice as if they were just nearby. They came mobile, SMS and video calls. Technology made life much easier. It was all here and now, face to face, even if thousands of miles away, thanks to modern technology.
Then came the virtual world of social networking, online games and the likes. Social networking groups such as Facebook, professional sites such as LinkedIn created a world where like-minded people connected with each other in the virtual world. They would interact, create groups with like-minded people and live in ‘that’ world. Be it a games group, a discussion/debate group, a right activists group or whatever group it would be. However, the sad truth and reality is that, today’s generation are so engrossed in the virtual world that they have forgotten what the real world looks like. Seriousness of the virtual world has reached such a level that many lives were reported lost due to the challenging ‘Blue Whale’ that shook the world in 2017-18. Can you really imagine committing suicide or giving up your live because of an online game? The Blue Whale game was said to have set stages of challenges for the players who were eventually asked, ordered or even threatened to commit suicide. Such is the impact of the virtual world. Besides, other negative impact of the virtual reality are said to be such as loss of Spatial Awareness, Dizziness and Disorientation,Seizures,Nausea,Eye Soreness to name a few.
In a world where technology is on the rise and is at its best, it is sad to see today’s generation getting lost and living in the virtual world. It is sad to see how kids today are more worried about online games, connecting with friends online than the physical and real world. Studies have shown how the virtual world effects the mind of the children, in terms of thinking, creativity and the likes. Moreover, the youths of the today have come to believe more in the unrealistic, technology world rather than the world that exists around us. In such a situation, it is important that proper guidance is given so that the negative impact of the virtual world is made known to everyone. If today’s generation continues to believe in the virtual world, then perhaps, what Einstein feared most has already come true. Our human interaction has been surpassed and we are just a “generation of idiots”.