‘Not tonight darling, I have to catch up on my e-mail’ could be fast becoming a popular bedroom line. And the irate spouse need not worry that this will disturb his or her beauty sleep as millions of couples opt to stay in separate bedrooms with modern gadgets overtaking their waking and sleeping hours, according to a study conducted in Britain. Now, the term ‘why don’t you sleep over it?’ assumes a new meaning. And pillow talk is very likely to take the form of a text message or a tune on the Mp3 player. The bard famously wrote about sleep as a great healer that erased the cares and sorrows of life. Now, it would appear that you can be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed till the wee hours of the morning and leave it to your iPod to take care of your troubles.
Long ago and far away, it was customary for the faithful to utter a prayer before sleep. But, the good Lord will have to wait while you charge the many gadgets that are now your bedroom companions. Perhaps, the next thing we can look forward to is couples communicating with each other on the Net or cellphone, even as they repose in different bedrooms. Now for many employers, this turn of events is music to their ears. Imagine having employees who are literally a message or call away 24x7.
The implications of all this are worrying. We seem to be metamorphosing into a super race that is charged by gadgetry and can dispense with sleep. What does all this mean for human relationships as we know them? Will we lose all ability to enjoy the physical presence of our friends and spouses? We’ll let you know by e-mail or sms as soon as we have figured out an answer to these questions. On which note, we’ll sign out for the moment.