If you are like me you must have few lives that you live, one is the real life with your family, kids and real friends, by real i mean friends who I picked in school college grew up with them meet them their families. The …

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Rant : Which life do you like?

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This is not a tech or innovation post, its some thing of a thinking out loud that I want to share with every one, so if you were looking tech oriented posts skip this one.

This eid due to a lot of reasons I could not get near the Computer or phone, which meant my digital life took a break. was it a good thing?

If you are like me you must have few lives that you live, one is the real life with your family, kids and real friends, by real i mean friends who I picked in school college grew up with them meet them their families. The other life is the virtual one, people I met on facebook, twitter, or introduced through emails, there is a strong chance that I would have forced these virtual people to meet at one point or other because I love face to face contacts enjoy communication when you can see the face expressions and match the tone of voice. How ever with most of these virtual people the communication is through online mediums emails, facebook chats.

And a lot of time I feel that I sacrifice my personal life for the virtual one, like checking my emails on the phone, or seeing a facebook update, but the compultion of answering that last tweet or commenting on facebook update is such that usually i don’t recognize, my mind tells me its just a few seconds what could you lose in that, and while my daughter talks to me i keep nodding my head while typing on my pc/phone.

However due to some strange reasons I was shut off from the virtual world for some time (the gprs sucked, my evo speed was pathetic, and was lazy in plugging in the wateen connection) which meant for 5 days i had no access to all of these. Which ultimately translated to me no worrying about getting on to comment on the last update, and made me realize that after a long long time I really had a good weekend and vacations because I was living in the real life enjoying what the kids were doing, focusing on the surroundings and early winters in Islamabad/Rawalpindi while on commute, even in my mind not thinking about what happened on techcrunch and how it effects what we do.

The result was a truly refreshing vacations with my family which in which the fun was un interrupted because technology was not available.

Which made me think are we becoming too virtualized and when I look at people few years younger than me (the texting generations) boys and girls who continuously tap on their cell phones even when they are talking to you verbally, are they missing some thing?

or am I growing old ??

Facebook comments:


  • signs of old age :-p

  • we have truly become a slave to technology.
    I try not to pop open a laptop once I get home from work. Usually my sons dont let me do that anyways.
    And rarely there are days and I “accidentally” leave my phone at home while on the road and these days end up being quite cherished.

    at the same time I see the next generation being a bigger slave to technology. My 2 year old knows how to operate an IPhone and start up his apps. He know how to turn on the TV and knows how to get what he wants through us to fill his technology/media needs.

    we will never be the same people ever again. Rare are the days when children simply play actual physical games, get hurt in the process and learn life long lessons.

    In actuality it is our fault to have unleashed this madness onto them. It may seem cute that a 2 year old knows his way around an IPhone but one needs to wonder if its truly beneficial for him.

    Its time to unplug and plug into the lives of our children.

  • Qazi, this is a great post. Yes we should disconnect from Internet once a week to connect the real life friends. Thank you for sharing.

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