The world is now getting increasingly polarized . I am not implying from the religious beliefs, tolerance , lack of patience or other similar trending subjects. Some believe that that the generation gap has only got much wider now with each generation and its predecessor. I am talking about polarization from the standpoint of Before Internet (BI) and After Internet(AI) generation which roughly means those born in late 1980s (AI)and before that(BI). Anyone can see this digital divide within the close proximity of immediate family, friends and neighbors.
The older generation, if has not kept pace with the fast changing world is saddled with writing letters, signing checks, reading the newspapers and magazines in the traditional format, standing in queues to pay their bills, buying their provisions from the market, doing high value purchases in the brand outlets and so on….In stark contrast the gen now or even those born BI, who are techno savvy, rarely ever write anything on paper unless mandatory. They use smartphones, tabs, and computers to send mails, do calculations, use latest messaging interfaces and apps, visit shopping malls for fun but order most items including clothing, groceries and even high value purchases using ecommerce sites like Flipkart, Amazon, EBay etc. They book their tickets and taxis using the apps and internet sites thereby availing discounts and working from the comfort of their homes and offices.
The need to evolve thus becomes pertinent for people of BI era. They have no option but to rely on help of their children or grandchildren even for simple things like making calls or sending messages. Even the government has stopped the telegrams and postcards and letters are now on their last leg . The strange thing that I witnessed recently in a Guinness World Record show where three individuals participated using a smart phone( with auto word suggestion feature turned off), two seniors with a typewriter and a Morse Code keying device competing for sending a long message by typing on their devices. The time taken was almost the same in each case!
The generation that has seen both the periods ie BI and AI are perhaps the luckiest ones. They have seen the life change literally from a bullock cart to supersonic pace in every walk of life. The medical and technological changes has improved the quality of life and increased the longevity. At the same time more challenges like pollution, immense greed, bursting traffic, new diseases have emerged. The ecological disasters are taking a heavy toll every year. It is thus important to maintain a fine balance between the nature and greed if one has to pass a legacy of inheriting a beautiful world to the next generations, and not annuling the benifits of the digital world.
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