Technology has become an integral part of our lives. It has transformed the way we live and In many ways, it makes life more convenient for us: we can send messages quickly via the internet, cook meals in a few minutes in a microwave, and book train tickets online instead of walking to the station.
Art is often a mirror, reflecting the social issues and problems of the day. So my question to you is, in our increasingly technology-driven world, have we become addicted to technology?
According to a study published in The International Journal of Neuropsychiatric Medicine one in eight Americans suffers from problematic Internet use. Whilst the definition for problematic Internet use is still an umbrella term for other online addictions, such as gambling, the "I-must-have-my-phone-with-me-at-all-times" mindset has become such a problem, there's now a name coined for the fear of being without your phone: nomophobia -- as in no- mo(bile) phone-phobia--that rush of anxiety and fear when you realise you are disconnected- out of the loop with friends, family, work and the world.
The sad truth is that phones, computers, tablets and other high tech devices have become not just an object, but for many a best friend. Sending letters has become a thing of the past. It has been replaced by email, instant messaging and social media. What ever happened to sending letters to those closest to you? Taking the time to write something personal and making the effort to go to the post box or heaven forbid, even buying stamps! ;-)
Perhaps it's time to bring back the old snail mail? Who wants to be my pen pal? :-)