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A rushed world

Part 1: Reflecting upon past in the light of the present

Teenagers and youngsters filming themselves on their devices, matching up dance moves, and lip-syncing on busy roads is a common sight these days. People are glued to their phone screens at all times – from work to entertainment, everything we do today is governed and directed by technology. People who have seen technology take shape and become an integral part of their lives now realize and appreciate the simple moments of life that are not dictated by technological intervention.

I belong to that generation. Childhoods were different in our times. I remember playing in a sandbox, going out for games like tag and spending time looking for my friends in hide-and-seek. When I think of those times, I wonder if the younger generation today can even relate to our childhood or if they even know the games, we used to play as children. Today even childhood games have been digitalized.

With toddlers now being able to work their way on a handheld device, we can’t help but think what the future holds for the next generation. In a world where technology is always evolving, looking back 25 years feels like a gap of many generations. I’ve seen things such as telephones with a dial and mobile phones with an antenna one meter long. Yes, those existed.

Other things that many people even a few years younger than me might not be aware of are true wonder – such as hearing the internet dial-up sound, having those big computers which had only a few games to play on, laptops when they were first introduced, and then the social media platforms that came about when I was quite young.

Before the world saw Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, there was MySpace. Those days were different. That time was different. But that was the past.

In the next part of my blog, I will be discussing how technological advancements have changed our lives and how it will further change our daily interactions.

Yassamin Homayouni is Social Media Senior Account Executive at Cicero & Bernay Communication Consultancy, an independent PR agency headquartered in Dubai offering new-age public relations consultancy to the UAE and across the MENA region. |