The shift from desktops to laptops made us rich …(and gave us reach)…but the shift from laptops to tablet computers (tabs) might impoverish us!
As with any gadget, there are effects and side-effects linked to the use of tablets and fablets. There are many positives but here are some of the side effects that are indeed negative :
Reducing attention span…glued to the screen for updates and pop-ups.
Strain on eyes…those few million colours on the screen demand lot of retinal energy …battery back-up (specs) becomes necessary then! This may cause headaches. But again not having a tab may also become a cause of headache in cases where the urge to possess one is very strong.
Rising cost of connectivity…frequent recharges of internet packs…1GB, 2GB, 10GB and then finally we accept that our limit is nothing less than unlimited pack.
Impersonal relationships.We measure affinity not by the number of calls we make to our friends but by the number of occasions we had chat on facebook or tweeted something special to express our bonding.
Looming danger of some or the other attack. Virus, hacking etc. If we do internet banking then there is fear of losing money or information.
Poor listening skills…though we develop smart ears for the smart phone. They can capture every beep of message or chat but misses out on critical information painstakingly expressed by someone speaking across the table.
Forgetting that time is more than money…leads to wasteful use of one of the scarcest resource which we entitled to absolutely free of cost…from richest man on earth to pauper, everyone had and will continue to have just 24 hours in a day.
What differentiates ‘them’ from ‘us’ is the value that we create in this given amount of time through our sustained effort.
Money lost can be earned again. Time can’t be. If we are robbed of this wealth, the heist will make us poor for rest of our life.
Time to log-off from my machine for now, but you do give it a thought while reading it on your tab/fab.