The Deathly Silence Of Technology

It wasn’t until yesterday that I realized I haven’t had a decent verbal conversation in two weeks, not since the weekend spent watching back to back episodes of Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Connor Chronicles with a charming liaison; and that was a fortnight ago.

Since then, whatever conversation I have had falls solely within the realm of the net, relying instead on emails and instant messaging to convey important matters and those light hearted “how you doing” conversations. I can’t help but think that while my unexpected isolation begets my imposed silence, so has technology found its way as the cruel ironic solution to my plight.

I can only imagine how a deaf mute must feel in this position, gaining the freedom of communication at the touch of their fingertips while living in a world of silence. Technology at least gives hope to those impaired by a twist of fate. Yet what of those of us that rely on it too much for our daily lives? Forfeiting the parts of living we take for granted because it can so easily be compensated by the marvels of our own time.

While technology was meant to make our lives easier, I doubt any one of us could have expected that it would take away or redefine parts of our life worth living for. It has become our indispensable companion, a partner we sleep with more than the human beings that we forget bring warmth to our lives in so many ways. I for one an guilty of this technological infatuation, proving it with the ability to cope without actual human contact in return for a digital representative.

It is sad though that in realizing this isolation, I choose not to do anything about. Partly because there is nothing I can do about it, partly because my contentment and curiosity for the situation far outweighs my desire to do something about it. But it’s not like I’ve lost the appreciation for the company of someone who can ease my mind off things, its just that we all have our things to do and I’m using technology as an excuse to distract me otherwise. Until I realize I’m beginning to lose my ability to sing.

Now I am really in trouble.

8 thoughts on “The Deathly Silence Of Technology

  1. you havent spoken in 2 weeks! wow. i barely survived one week not too long ago so much so when i finally spoke, i couldnt stop. i feel like i was compensating for my week of silence. hehe

  2. OMG. I *need* to have conversations with people. Heck, I even talk to myself at times. I couldn’t not do it.

  3. Well, i think that technology is a blessing and a curse at the same time. Internet cuts down the rate of us(human being), meeting ppl in person but allowing us to settle our bills/works way more efficiently and productive.

  4. ohkulala: I know how that feels, its just that when it comes for my turn to speak, it’s like I forgot how to do it these days. Too long in silence I guess.

    Cléa: I do have conversations in my head. Just not out loud. Just not verbally. Even typing this comment right now is satisfying my need to communicate with people.

    Jason Ng: As I said, it gives us the opportunity to make up for what we lack, but it’s when we overcompensate for what we take for granted, like what I’m doing now that it becomes something much worse.

  5. Does technology really take away anything, though? I hear this argument a lot, and yet I’m not sure I believe in it. Sometimes I do, but sometimes I don’t. Several studies suggest that it is really just an extension of ourselves, that really there should be little to no distinction between the “real” and the “virtual,” because we interact with and construct both. The only difference is a body is not in the same room as you, but in all actuality, when has it ever been the body we care most about when it comes to our friends and other loved ones? (I’m excluding sex here, so..yes, haha.)

    You’re just choosing to speak in a different way. I did that once before, last year, and I was pretty productive for it, really. I’m not sure it’s something I’d want to do again (or even could, since I live with Andrew now), but I don’t think it’s negative. It’s just different. After all, who’s to say the norm–speech, communication in the flesh–is necessarily best? It is just the norm. It may or may not be best.

  6. Lelia: The thing is, that removal of physical world in favour for a digital one would be useful if you don’t have to deal with people in real life on a regular basis. It’s easy to dissociate yourself from any kind of public mannerism and rely on your on-screen version. I find that at least for me, my reaction time in engaging in a normal verbal conversation has gone down. Because I’m used to thinking about what to say before I write them, I don’t have the same kind opportunity when I talk to people. On the long run, when you have to conduct seminars, presentations and lectures, it can be a bad thing to not be so spontaneous with your speech. Of course though, Mel’s gone back to Malaysia so I don’t really have that opportunity to yak my head away anyway.

    Joaquin: Thanks. 🙂

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