In a café located at Champs-Elysées in Paris, a young man is seated enjoying the cool breeze. He’s in a conference call via his smart phone with two friends who are thousands of miles away. One of his friends is seated in a café facing the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the other is inside a café located at the old city of Istanbul in Atakurk area. All three friends are conversing via video but it looks as if they are inside the same room!
The world is leading a grand technological revolution, which has left an indelible mark on the system of communication. The entire world is transformed to a global village as result of the technological revolution, and others are saying the world has become a small room.
I still remember the early stages of social media, which began with e-mail. Now, we have thousands of applications facilitating the means of communication ever since smart phones reached the hands of poor people— and not only the rich. It is common to see cleaning workers these days using hands-free to listen to their favorite songs.
Few years ago, one of my friends looking for a job online used to surf hundreds of job advertisements at the websites of companies. Once, he applied for a job at the website of a Japanese company. He even tried to leave a strange message that would attract employers. Sometimes, madness is part of art! He included a phrase in the Curriculum Vitae saying (e-mail is my only request) and added a brief-disappointing phrase, and expected no reply. Strangely, he received positive response from the company three hours later.
In the elections season, the websites and social media become the main channel of propaganda and advertisements for candidates. The cook preparing food in the kitchen holds the ladle with the right hand and a smart phone with the other hand while an architect does not leave his smart phone at the job site anymore. Smart phones have become the ‘prime fellow’ everywhere!
I remember the sweet old days of conventional telephone before the invention of ‘caller ID option’ when we used to say wrong number! What about the fax machines? Of course, they are still in the system but the age of HP printers thrives. Sooner or later, fax machines will be a thing of the past.
Nowadays, e-mails no longer sound like a brilliant idea like before. This is the nature of life … nothing remains forever! We may have personal reasons for acting the way we do but we should remember that we live in a world that deprives us of privacy, and each period has its own label that makes a mark on the people at that time.
In my opinion, it is better for a person to live the way he wants as long as he does not disturb others. Live as you want, and use social media to your satisfaction without deciding what is suitable for others. Each person will find out what is suitable for them, as nobody in this world can fully understand another person’s needs.
By Yusuf Awadh Al-Azmi