Friday, 15 June 2012
Virtual Reality versus The Real Thing
It struck me quite forcibly as being only too true and, set me wondering just why this particular activity has taken over the world.
For some, I'm sure, it is the lure of the next new gadget, toy, piece of technology. For some it is a way of contacting shadowy people who would never normally come their way. For others, myself included it is a means of printing my thoughts and the events of an ordinary day, in a manner which hopefully, will gain a response - if you like, a way of side-stepping loneliness.
But there is another, slightly more worrying reason which appears to be a means of avoiding real life while playing at it on a tiny hand-held gadget.
In fact so-called social media is in fact exactly the opposite, a completely anti-social habit forming way of ensuring that the fleet-fingered/thumbed practitioners remain in splendid isolation.
Yesterday, my stepdaughter and step-grandson visited me (the first time for about 10 months), because the grandson is briefly on R and R from Afghanistan and he is due back this weekend.
He is a technological whiz and spent about a half an hour setting up some of the functions I wanted on my IPad for me. He doesn't have to think when asked to do something, he just knows how, and on the rare occasions when asked for something he hasn't encountered before, can work it out in a couple of minutes.
I am very grateful for his help (and have been reading aFREE book this morning), but I am beginning to wonder whether it is a good idea.
I was delighted to own such a 21st Century piece of equipment since I am very much a 20th Century piece.
But and it is a serious concern, should I ever become truly competent will it in fact begin to take the place of real life.
Simon's life is all too real, and for him, it is probably a way of staying sane in a mad world, so I could never begrudge him his collection of gadgets, but at what stage does reality bow out?
As he drove off in his Ford Focus SR (another of his passions) I couldn't help but wonder what would happen to the gadget addicts should their toys suddenly become inoperable overnight. Whatever would they put in their place?
Posted by Ray Barnes at 2:10:00 pm