I’m guessing you have all seen the movie. When it first came out, “Matrix” rekindled the movie goers’ interest in sci-fi. The combination of superb and innovative special effects, intelligent plot, and an original story was an absolute critical and commercial smash. I loved it, and I’m not really a fan of sci-fi, especially if it takes place in outer space. Except for Star Wars.
But “Matrix” was much less nerdy than your usual sci-fi vehicle. In fact, a lot of people could relate to it, because it takes place on present-day Earth, and a scenario that is not as far-fetched as it might seem at first.
The concept of the machines taking over is hardly new, and has been the subject of numerous other motion pictures. Even though we tend to think we are too smart to let anything like that ever happen, I’m going to take the opportunity to say that it is already happening, and has been happening for some time.
Of course, it’s not nearly as obvious or brutal as in the movies, but it’s rather more subtle. While our bodies are not being used as a power source, we do put a lot of time and energy into being online, using computers, tablets and smartphones. We are connected 24/7, and I think, at this pace, we will burn out quickly. Our bodies and our minds are not designed to keep up with this breakneck tempo.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others these are our “Matrix”. But, apart from the difference I have already explained, unlike the characters in the movie, we are willingly sacrificing our time and attention to be accessible anywhere we are, at all times. We are failing to realize that it is taking up too much of our time. But the fact that we are online for most of the day also indicates that we are, first and foremost, social beings.
In the past, we used to interact with one another in person, go out for a cup of coffee, or a drink. Now the interaction has shifted toward the virtual realm. While that has its benefits, it’s nowhere near being a good substitute for actual human interaction.
In my opinion, stuff like social media should be used to complement and enrich our lives, not take over them, but it is happening, and it’s our own fault. We have all this amazing technology at our disposal, but I don’t think we are ready to use. It’s like a Ferrari being given to a teenager. But, I’m not looking to start a revolution here. I would be more than happy if half the people reading this article would realize that social media exist because of us, not the other way around. The sooner we do that, the better.
Go out and have a cup of coffee with someone whose company you enjoy. And put down the phone. The internet is still going to be there an hour later.