What happened to who we used to be?

Andrew Israel Kazibwe

For those who have lived through that era- of the 70s, 80s and mid- 90s; when technology had not taken really deep roots into society, times when life within people was so innocent, the real feel of live social interaction; this was when a face to face conversation was more valuable that through this whole session a lot would be achieved.

Gone are the days when we used to have that sweet conversation as we rode in buses, trains, taxis or in cues while in banks or hospitals; quite jolly and memorable they would turn out to be- so we can only save those for occasional events, a few schools and funerals, maybe. All these were replaced by modern Technology- the gadgets. Have you noticed for a moment what goes on event social gatherings?; all eyes and finger tips will be focused on a phone, an I-pad or a Tablet- the gadget I meant!

Thanks to the new Tech, helps us avoid bumping into people we don’t desire, lie about our location, save us from the boring people we are surrounded with and raising addiction for using our gadgets. Amazing how one can easily forget, their transport fare- accidentally of course, wallet or important documents at home, but never their smart phone. The movies and play; the art of real theater is advancing and with this, originality is lost. Today we definitely go for fiction and mythical movies that we pay for, willingly and enjoy

Funny how this is but amazingly we welcome and even spend on high costly technology ignorantly. We are increasingly introduced to new tech, using it, appreciating it even before knowing what it really is!. A friend of mine recently went into a shop and bought himself a smart phone-little did he know on how to use it, till to date- he is learning through the curiosity alongside the challenges faced; I wonder whether he went through the phone manual. But all the same, he is glad because he has joined what he believes is a blessed trend of technology!!!

It’s those heart-felt emotions of reality that have been robbed off from us, leaving cyber expressions as a substitute. Can you really feel one’s mood; their joy, sorrow, pain, reaction… through a text! We no longer are closer, socializing, sharing than it feels yet we have to move on; yes, its development and new experience it brings, faded moments it leaves. It’s an advancement that all ages are deeply sinking into, with praises; guess we really get to take a further step in its reality.

Of course, those who have shared both generation and finally found their way into the transition can admit to this fact; a feeling of emptiness, that gap -too hard to be bridged is all that feels their day to day lives. To the young generation, and that to come; its sad, may be they will know of what used to be-through history, but to them sharing it will be a dream; Gone with olden moments.

Andrew Israel Kazibwe is an African Rwandan-based freelance Journalist , a learner, Arts enthusiast and advocate. Passionate about what goes on within lives, he shares whats within, around and closer to you. Its an Insight!!! 

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