Technology has slithered into human lives and captured every aspect of the waking hour, from using a calculator to double-checking the calculation of 5+3 to finding more than 8 matches on Tinder (if photo filters have been used accordingly).
Jokes apart, in fact, digital communication has been used by the public for over 60 years, both in regards to business and university settings. The idea that technology is pushing the majority towards the brink of a zombie apocalypse is highly rampant and renders most users looking up ways to find meditating apps on the phone to stay more present.
Despite increasing worries surrounding the overuse of technology, digitization has created multiple platforms, ensuring people are more informed which is a considerable argument against the ideology that it is turning people into zombies.
However, I'm here not to justify the veracity that digitization has not only made lives easier but has allowed many people to come far from becoming a monotonous living-dead. I'd like to initiate a precise discussion regarding the use of technology and its positive effect on individuals as seen in the present days and also in my personal life.
The term “digital zombies” always make people uncomfortable, since nobody wants to be related to a mindless entity that is the prime target of destruction in movies.
Although, fact remains that more than half the population are unable to detach themselves from their gadgets. The relation between IT integration and productivity in the workplace has shown an affirmative relationship between productivity and IT investments.
Social media usage can have both negative and positive effects as most things do, but considerable positive notions regarding various social issues have come to light owing to the vast number of internet users, waking people up to the multi-faceted aspect of the world we live in.
Back in 2014, a group of three men decided to raise awareness online for the debilitating disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). At least 17 million people participated in the challenge by donating to the cause and helping raise further awareness of the disease that many were oblivious to in the first place.
Hence, the vast use of technology has demonstrated imperative and proven results in regards to bringing forth positive impact surrounding social awareness. This establishes the encouraging concept that social media is furthering our need to reach out to people who reside in every corner of the world and awaken us to the numerous possibilities that lay ahead of us, bringing us closer to the likes of becoming more aware than becoming zombies.
I strongly believe technology has helped many users in social aspects, from raising awareness to subsequent donation of money from people all over the world. Recent social movements posted online have sky-rocketed and reached people all over the world and continue to help fighting against a crucial cause for humanity and equality, taking one step at a time to make the world a better place.
Henceforth, isn't it technology that has allowed people to wake up to the world we live in, rather than shutting off mindlessly like a zombie?