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Anil Rajvanshi

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Should we limit our use of cellphones, internet and TV to get back our mental peace?

Internet, cell phones and TV are great means of communication and information. However we as humans are becoming their slaves. A short essay on what can and should be done is at. http://www.nariphaltan.org/cellphone.pdf

Thoughts, debate and suggestions are welcome.

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    Sep 27 2012: I am delighted that this conversation has elicited tremendous response. By and large the comments show that people realize that the technology is very useful but it should be used with constraint. However the biggest challenge is how to convince the teenagers and younger people. I guess all of us have to go through the learning curve ourselves. Yet the teenagers and younger person's brain is very powerful and pliable and at this age if it is not given a discipline of reflection and contemplation then it will become very difficult to do so in later years.

    So how do we inspire the younger generation on the need to think and reflect rather than react.

    Cheers.
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      Sep 27 2012: (Quote): "However the biggest challenge is how to convince the teenagers and younger people."

      This is nothing new. OUR parents asked themselves the exact same questions about US when we were "the teenagers". They worried that our entire generation was going to grow up incapable of being responsible adults and unable to "Run the World". Disaster was imminent. We were all Doomed.

      Let's step back and try to put this issue in a different perspective. It seems to me the assumption we are making is that ALL of the young of the current generation are going to grow up disabled and incompentant from the overuse of cell phones, Internet, and TV. Same concerns our parents had about whatever we were "using" or "doing" when we were young. But the simple fact is that doesn't happen. It didn't happen to US, and it won't happen to the young generation of today as a WHOLE. Both of those conclusions are verified by the fact we all here right now are discussing this issue, and the "group" here consists of us "old" folks that obviously survived our parents concerns, and the young folks here now participating who are already aware that they may need to be concerned about the "abuse" of these technologies.

      Not all people in a society "grow up" the same way. No doubt many from my generation "never changed", but also many of us DID change our younger habits our parents were concerned about. The same will happen with the young generation of today. Not ALL of them will become "disabled" and "incompetant" because of their current mis-use of cell phones, Internet, and TV. Enough of them will learn the moderation and effective use of the technology so they can "run the world", and the world will go on.

      And they will end up worrying about whatever mis-use of the next generation of technology THEIR teenagers are wrapped up in at the time, too. Payback. ;-)

      The cycle continues.
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        Sep 27 2012: you know today'teenagers have their own characterristics.they groe up with cellphones computers ;
        and i dont think it is a bad thing .as for me .though i have reduced my relationship time .maybe i could not speed as much time as you did .but we do have won something .i think the biggist characterristic of this generation that they can keep silence..they keep a peace mind ..they know what should do .and they desire to do something many of them do not want to relay on their parents .they want to rise their self
        they want to say that they can have a better life on their own
      • Sep 27 2012: "Let's step back and try to put this issue in a different perspective. It seems to me the assumption we are making is that ALL of the young of the current generation are going to grow up disabled and incompentant from the overuse of cell phones, Internet, and TV. Same concerns our parents had about whatever we were "using" or "doing" when we were young. But the simple fact is that doesn't happen. It didn't happen to US, and it won't happen to the young generation of today as a WHOLE."

        Yup, that's the crux of this whole thread: old people who think "the youth" are no good. Countless generations have wasted countless hours and resources on that same myth.
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          Oct 4 2012: I am 34 years old and older in thinking than i should be and I ask you two questions:
          1. Why at my age I am divorced like many others on early ages?
          2. Is autumn ...right ... how many celsius degrees are there? 34 ?
      • Sep 27 2012: As my mom used to say excess of anything is bad... No matter how good it is...

        Most of us tend to miss out on the bigger picture while getting engaged ourselves into satisfying our small needs or desires... Like, while talking to your loved once over the phone all the time, we forget the fact that everyone needs their own personal space, or a simple fact like watching more of TV will make us miss out on bonding with our dear ones... and will increase the distance between you and your dear ones..

        When there will be a time to share your feeling or thoughts or there feeling or thoughts with each other... you may not find anyone to talk..... These are the few reciprocation of the excess usage of cellphones, internet or TV that might happen to anyone of us....

        See the bigger picture... or help other to see the bigger picture.... to make them realized what they are loosing .....

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