Stare Into The Light, My Pretties
Recent studies show that the average adult spends most of his or her waking hours staring at a screen on a device of some sort. Many experts estimate that people now spend more time looking at a screen than they do sleeping.
Whether it’s the television, computer or phone, screen time is the norm. Our fingers seem to be glued to the screen or the keyboard and we hardly ever look up to see what else is going on around us. This obsession begins within 15 of waking up ever morning.
We stare at out screens for work and play. We believe we are using the device, but the truth is that sometimes our devices are using us. What’s the price we have to pay to live in this pervasive electronic world, though?
Never before has technology shaped our lives so intimately. Our collective addiction is changing who we are and what we will become.
In 1946 the ENIAC was invented. This was the first digital computer. The ENIAC was the size of a large room and weighed 30 tons. A whole team of predominantly women was required to keep it up and running. The ENIAC was created by the army and for the army.
After WWII many industries that had been established exclusively to fuel war had to repurpose themselves or simply disappear. And this is how the computer began its journey into other areas, as men and women found alternative uses for it.
By the 1960s the television had made its way into most homes and shortly thereafter the personal computer showed up and merged with the television.
The World Wide Web appeared in 1991 and within three years there were one thousand websites. It took the web less than five years to reach fifty billion people.
A lot has happened in the last 25 years and the next 25 will see a massive change as everything gets faster and more convenient and device storage capacity increases.
As long as there is funding and passion, there’s no telling how far technology will reach. The downside is that this advancement also includes the loss of freedom as surveillance increases and social control becomes the new reality. Technology is not accidental; it’s the reflection of the human will and it changes the way in which we perceive the world and relate to it.