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When did you last count the stars?

The world is blowing the trumpet of modernity. People proudly boast about themselves being netizens, Generation X and Generation Y. The digital revolution seems to have taken the world by storm. Human life is fast-paced. Transportaion is swift and communication is instant. Writes Parveen Malik.

chandigarh Updated: May 15, 2014 10:26 IST
Parveen Malik

The world is blowing the trumpet of modernity. People proudly boast about themselves being netizens, Generation X and Generation Y. The digital revolution seems to have taken the world by storm. Human life is fast-paced. Transportaion is swift and communication is instant.

Computers and machines are there to assist us in every field. With everything so agile and comfy, humans must be happy. But, are they really so? The answer is no.

While swaying in the air of modernity, we are slowly going off the guard on many fronts.

Technology is a good servant but a bad master. But the modern man is suffering from the web overdose. There is no rule saying that the joys of human life are dictated by how technically advanced they are.

Isn't it a fact that the so-called netizen spends a considerable time in front of the computer or laptop screen? Aren't sleeping late at night and rising late in the morning a part of lifestyle today?

Isn't it true that the people nowadays have little time left for pleasures like long walks in the lap of nature or the precious company of his loved ones?

Can we remember the last time we slipped into a deep sleep peacefully while leisurley watching the tranquil night skies and counting the twinkling stars? Can going to bed while watching television bring the same solaceful sleep?

A big no. Not only do we have little time left to appreciate the natural beauty around and savour the hidden joys of life, the irony is that we are paying through our noses due to our mechanical lifestyles.

Ailments which were largely unheard of in the past have come to be known as lifestyle diseases today. Arthtitis, cervical problems, diabetes, hypertension, stress and obesity are the direct or indirect consequences of sedentary lifestyles.

Haven't e-mails, e-greetings and social networking trends robbed us of personal meets and greets?

The electronic methods of communication may serve as good modes for far-flung friends but the trend has eaten into our closely located pals too. Here, the big question is: Can the warmth of bonds be truly transmitted through cables and networks? Can a click replace a hug? No.

Technology is not bad but tech slavery certainly is. We need to strike a healthy balance and learn where to draw the line. Sacrificing our physical, inner, behavioural and social well-being in the wake of being busy and being modern is an unhealthy trend.

The senseless competition to outdo each other in money-minting race is uncalled for. Human life is a precious gift that has to be appreciated at every cost and cherished in sync with the nature.