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Overload Alert!

I am reminded of this beautiful poem “Leisure” by William Henry Davies:

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

We have come a long way since that first call by Alexander Graham Bell that revolutionized communication.  Today the mobile phone has become a ubiquitous medium of communication so much so that the vegetable seller, the milkman, the cleaner and everyone else are dependent on it for their daily livelihood.

Starting with the newspapers, television, mobile phone, smart phone, personal computer, laptops and tablets – today instead of people looking out for information we have an information overload.  Today, we have a plethora of choices and our time is spent in discerning as to what we need to do.

But this gadget-craze has had an impact on our face-to-face communication.  Today, we find very little time to share thoughts over a cup of coffee or to spend time having a conversation with our family.  This is the form of communication that is of vital importance.  Speaking is important as it helps us to bridge barriers and understand each other better.  It helps to connect, resolve conflicts and strengthen bonds.
Technology has grown by leaps and bounds and today most of us are slaves of technology.  Smartphones, tablets, the
internet have pervaded our lives.  Today, very few people look face-to-face and smile or exchange pleasantries.  So having
a conversation is a rare thing nowadays.

We are over-reliant on google for all our answers and we trust all the content that is there even if it is not from a trustworthy
source.  Social media sites like facebook and twitter take up almost 40% of our time and this is spent just reading posts , liking posts and sharing photos and videos.

There is hardly and time for little joys like reading a book, sharing time with family or going on an outing.  So much so that
for many sports and an active lifestyle have become secondary considerations.

Our children are communicating less nowadays as they spend most of their time in the virtual space on smartphones and tablets.

Communication is slowly proving to be a lost art.  People hardly find time to exchange pleasantries or chat over a cup of coffee.  Written communication like letter writing is already obsolete and is today replaced by email.  Technology has simplified our lives but it has also made us a lazy lot switching from one gadget to another in a different virtual world.

Do you feel that you are spending too much time online or with gadgets?  Are you missing out on networking with friends and face-to-face communication?

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://reallyjustwords.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/overload-alert/
2) http://tombalistreri.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/my-information/
3) http://mesardonicmesarcastic.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/wordpress-overload/
4) http://sayadpoet.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/overloaded-me-daily-prompt/
5) http://goodgollymissmollie94.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/overload/
6) http://pippakinclawz.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/daily-post-too-much-information/
7) http://fibercompulsion.com/2014/09/15/overload-alert/
8) http://linusfernandes.com/2014/09/15/overload-alert-common-sense/
9) http://epentesi.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/madness-alert/
10) http://joantatley.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/information-is-information-is-information/
11)http://anrichinglife.com/2014/09/15/are-you-overloading-your-common-sense/
12) http://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2014/09/15/daily-prompt-overload-alert-where-theres-an-internet-there-is-a-way/
13) http://jaysnaps.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/overload/
14) http://emo1956.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/information-overload/
15) http://lynneayersbeyondthebrush.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/overload/

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