As technology progresses, mobile apps, gadgets, and the internet have become a part of our daily lives. The current generation, known as Gen-Z, has an insatiable addiction to technology, surpassing that of previous generations. In this article, we will explore the concept of being trapped in the virtual world and how the corporate sector and centralized world system have devised a plan to keep us hooked.
One hundred years ago, there was no such thing as the internet or apps. People used to go to shops to buy daily necessities, visit banks for transactions, children went to school to learn, socialize and have a healthy childhood, while employees worked in offices. People were active, fit and social by going out for various reasons.
When computers and the internet became available, people did not realize the full potential of the technology. The idea was to make life easier, and the technology was sold as such. However, at what cost? Gradually, every daily need shifted from physical interaction to online, making it possible to order everything from home. Education, banking, shopping, relationships, and communication are now possible with a few clicks on a mobile screen. The convenience of technology is not necessarily comfortable but rather a trap designed to keep individuals confined without realizing it.
• Why are we Trapped in the virtual world?
Apps have taken over and kept us engaged in the virtual world, but there is a more significant reason for the technological advancements, virtual reality. Virtual reality is a concept that creates an alternate world that feels more real than the world in which we currently live. However, the biology of human beings would not allow individuals to directly jump into the virtual world and spend hours in it. Therefore, a gradual process was implemented. Initially, a small dose of the internet was introduced to make people familiar with the technology and observe the response and adaptation. In the second stage, corporate funding into the tech sector slowly increased the dosage to the current level.
For instance, if we were to tell someone from Gen-Z to not use their mobile phones, they might feel uneasy the entire day. In contrast, a 60-year-old might not be affected by it. This difference is due to the fact that the Gen-Z individuals have grown up using mobile phones and the internet as a part of their daily routine, communicating with friends, getting updates, and fulfilling their everyday needs. They have become dependent on technology.
• Tampered Gen-Z & Virtual world
The current generation, Gen-Z, consists of individuals aged between 14 and 30, who have been the most dependent on and exposed to the internet and technology. The internet and social media have tampered with their overall outlook towards life. For them, the internet is the solution to every problem, from dating to socializing, education, and employment. This dependency has affected them mentally, physically, emotionally, and in other ways. They feel pressure to get the latest device, to look better than their peers, and to have a successful online presence, impacting their relationships with their parents and other aspects of life. The dinner table is a perfect example of this. Before technology, families would eat together, and it was believed that “the family that eats together stays together”. However, today, every family member prefers to eat in their own room, scrolling through their mobiles, keeping themselves informed about the world, but not about their own family members, unless they are also online.
The human brain has a chemical called dopamine, which is released when a person tries something new, is excited, or achieves a goal. Before technology, there was a healthy balance of dopamine release in our bodies, as significant life events would cause its release.
• The Dark Side of Dopamine.
As technology made its way into our lives, the release of dopamine in our brains changed. The constant use of apps and the internet has created a dependency on them for dopamine release. Social media and apps have been specifically designed to trigger this release, making them addictive. This has resulted in individuals spending hours on their phones, scrolling through social media, and engaging with apps. This dependency has also led to withdrawal symptoms when individuals are unable to access the internet or their phones.
• The Corporate Plan for the virtual world
The rise of apps and the internet was not a coincidence. It was a plan by the corporate sector and the world centralised system to get individuals hooked onto the virtual world. This plan was charted to take individuals into virtual reality, where they can spend hours in a world that feels more real than their current reality. However, the biology of human beings would not have allowed for a direct jump into virtual reality. It had to be a slow process, where individuals were first given a small dose of the internet and gradually introduced to more and more technology.
Through corporate funding in the tech sector, this dosage was increased over time, leading to the current state of dependence on technology. Generation Z, in particular, has been affected the most, with their mentality tampered to depend on technology for everything. The internet and social media have tampered with their outlook on life, affecting them mentally, physically, emotionally, and in many other ways.
• Supporting a Better Future.
As we move towards a future where technology and virtual reality play a larger role, it is important to understand the consequences and take steps towards a better future. We must support initiatives that aim to reduce dependency on technology and promote healthy living. It is up to us to create a balance between the virtual world and the real world.
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