Do what you have to

You don’t have to call yourself a darwininst to come to accept, with either joy and excitement or disappointment and nostalgia, that the world has evolved. We understand that older generations seem to have a sharper criticism of most of the practices that now shape the way people live and how they think it might be wrong, but on the other hand, it’s definitely not easy, and it certainly doesn’t sound very fair, that the way you decide to live your personal life could be seen not only in a negative light, but an incredibly moralizing one, and sometimes that takes bigger tolls on ordinary people just trying to be who they are. Of course, anyone reasonable could argue that being free to do whatever you want can have serious consequences in society, and I feel inclined to say they’d have a valid point.

There’s no question about the fact that technologies are part of this evolution, and the categories and layers of all the discussions we keep having around this universal theme are often overwhelming, occasionally incomprehensible when they refer to technical details, and at times too generic when what we need is specification and real examples, not just a crappy opinion. We know, however, that it’s crucial not only to look back and think about how people used to live their lives, before the mass production of digital devices to be offered in the markets, but also, at some point in life, to go a step further in order to understand society, and think before TV, industries, classes, cultural hierarchies, religions and space organization.

Recent data shows that Americans spend 3.5 hours watching TV and 1.5 hours reading, but it’s hard to tell which is their favorite network or author in any given area, and the general public only has access to conclusions of these studies – which don’t make clear how many people still watch TV or read books, and there are indications that the number of people who have found different sources for entertainment or seeking information is now the majority, while a significant portion doesn’t read books at all. It might not surprise anyone, but if you just forget the real books and think about a social network with a familiar name, you have 2.4 billion subscribers, while nearly half aren’t active users. Needless to say, but worth remembering, each country has different traditions and statistics not only in relation to how time is spent, but also in terms of access and knowledge.

People use technology every day. It’s now such a fundamental part of our lives that we don’t even think about how we’re affected in our decisions, but that’s starting to change. Maybe we realized that we still have to go to places, and the applications aren’t going to do that for us; we still have to cook, and robots don’t have the perfect recipe; we still need a job, and despite the fact that many of us deal with software and hardware throughout the day, an empty recycle bin is not a bed with clean sheets. We meet new people, we make plans and we try our best to take care of ourselves without forgetting about the people who matter to us, and maybe it makes sense that some of these things are online, but in the end, we need something to be busy with and a purpose that makes us happy once you see the results driving us to contribute more to life in community.