Blessing or Curse?

October 10, 2013  |  By Kawthar Guendouz, Algeria


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With the emergence of modern technology our life has completely changed; we have become attached to a virtual world and cabled to our digital devices. Familial warmth is no longer felt, since we hardly ever spend time together.

Nowadays parents do not have control over their children, no matter how much effort they put in to save them from loss; their attempts to prevent their children from falling into that dangerous virtual hole is, more often than not, fruitless. There is absolutely no house that lacks television or computer; these devices are accused to damage one’s cultural and moral identity. Today’s youth and children are made vulnerable to an elusive and dangerous world. It is true that technology served modern science and research and of course offered everyone access to knowledge. It has, however, played a key role in demolishing cultural and moral values of this generation. As a result, we are slowly losing our authenticity and killing the essence of our cultural and lingual diversity which is endangered and threatened by the modern technology.

We often pay no attention to the negative aspect of technology because it has become part of our daily life. Not long ago, a handwritten letter meant a lot. Yes it used to take time to reach its destination; nonetheless, time and distance were not a big deal, what mattered most was the amiable connection. Prior to the invention of technology and ahead of the whole globalisaion phenomenon, people shared a safe planet and enjoyed familial ambience. Today, the actual conversations are replaced with virtual ones. Extensive hours are spent with virtual friends but few minutes with family and actual friends. Most youth, these days, enjoy their time with people, like them, sitting behind the screens; exchanging conversations that are, every now and then, spiced up with some lies; and of course, adopting a new lifestyle which at times stands against the norms of their own society.

In the past people minded their own business but in the present day we hardly ever focus on our lives because the entire world is now present in one room through that small device. Without passports or visas, one has access to the rest of the world; exposed to images, videos and adverts tempting him to search for more “just out of curiosity”. Gradually, morality begins to evaporate and loses its value, extracting away all the universal moral values that were once sacred. Identity is gradually being peeled off and cut from its very own roots, to find ourselves one day rootless and subjected to a vehement reality.

Forgery has also become accessible to everyone. With the development of the software(s) one can forge personal images and can even fabricate papers and documents. Not to mention the “fake personality” phenomenon. People create fake accounts to achieve something in an indirect way. Facebook alone stated that “roughly 76 million of the 1.06 billion user accounts on its social network are bogus”[1], let alone the other social networks. The users of this virtual world try to show the best image of themselves and their lives, ‘photoshopping’ their photos in order to look “gorgeous” and “cool”, sharing their distressing and cheerful moments with their virtual friends and of course adding magical touches to every post or photo to show how does an “ideal life” looks like. How can we believe or trust someone sitting behind the screen?

Sometimes we wonder why this generation is aggressive and less productive. The answer to this is simple; if a child or a teenager spends hours in front of the screen, dedicating time, energy and effort in a digital game then what else shall we expect other than an aggressive attitude. Their minds are completely connected to digital games (fighting, killing, hunting and chasing), imitating their illusory heroes, isolating themselves, freezing their intellect and limiting their creativity.

Innocent children should be protected from the mind games of this dangerous digital world. Cultures, traditions, languages are endangered; an action should be taken to save our future before it is too late.


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