Are there too many electronics in modern society? That’s the question we’ll be exploring today. Thanks for tuning in.
First of all, before I say everything cliché and progressive that you might expect, let me play devil’s advocate and defend electronics in modern society for a moment.
To capture the theme, answer this question for yourself: How different would coping with the COVID pandemic of 2020/21 would have been if we didn’t have electronics to work from home or keep us busy indoors?
Certainly, nearly a hundred years ago we could have used pen and paper combined with the mail and transport systems to work many intellectual jobs from home but without electronics many of us would be forced to leave the house and risk our health during a pandemic in order to work our jobs.
Now we also can’t deny the unfortunate aspects of tech-dependent generations taking over all of society’s responsibilities as Baby Boomers retire more and more each year. Indeed, I really mean “tech-dependent”. I know many young people who haven’t sent a physical letter in the mail their whole lives. In a case of having no electricity, these types of people would enter a chaotic state and might starve to death fairly quickly, as thanks to technology they have no hunting skills, no gardening skills and truly rely on electronics to survive. A hundred years ago, if you needed electronics to survive at a young age, you would be considered a fool and a coward of the highest degree.
Therefore, an easy solution to this problem would be to simply have summer camps for kids that focus on teaching them of the pioneer way of life. No electronics all summer! Kids who learn how to cook with a fire and live without electricity will have an upper-hand when they’re adults, so consider this if you’re a parent.
Last but most importantly for your own sake, answer this: “Do you rely on electronics to survive?”