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Why Everyone Should Escape Civilisation and Live Free From Technology

Updated on March 5, 2020
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I’ve recently been jogging in the woods for a couple hours each day and I’ve been feeling more liberated: No one around, just the sound of the water streaming down the river.

Don’t get me wrong, technology is useful. I’m using my computer right now to write this article, but do you ever have the urge to go back to the early 19th century and write love letters and live in a small cottage while your significant other is traveling the country?

I strongly believe that technology, specifically phones, has damaged our social skills; Our partners don’t pay attention to us at restaurants because they are too busy taking a picture of their hamburgers or they are strolling through Facebook while you are talking about a passion of yours. I’ve noticed that since Millenials and Gen X have been obsessed with iPhones and Tik Toks, they have been losing interest in people: They now want to film everything and everyone. Isn’t that a violation of privacy?

Why can’t anyone enjoy people’s company without having their phone around? An old friend of mine complained that “I should put that phone down. For once.” That enraged me; I’ve always hated phones and my values are that if you spend time with someone, you should not be using your phone, whether it is in public or in private. I thought to myself, “How dare he say that when he is the one always sending streaks on Snapchat”, but I later realized that there was no point in getting angry with an ignorant person.

How did Boomers and Gen Z folks survive highschool without expensive technology? They had books and that is why most Boomers and Gen Zs have good jobs and are able to provide for their families. However, Boomers have a negative view of Gen X because they think that with technology and robotics, no one will ever work again: that’s a fear of mine. What they don’t realize is that technology has a very negative impact on our mental health and because they were raised differently, most parents will ignore it and tell us it’s because we “spend all day inside, on our computers.” I believe it is true, but behind a computer or a phone you can be the most awesome person with the most cool life but in reality, your parents could be divorced or worse, and that affects people in their social life. Everyone lies, even important people and they use that to their advantage with social media because everyone seems to believe what they read on the internet.

My ideal life would be if all computers and phones were thrown away and we only used books for research and entertainment. Why watch movies when you can read a book, that has so much more inside, like the wardrobe that goes to the World of Narnia. I think that this generation is losing its neurons because of movies and useless apps on their phones. We should learn everything again, without the use of technology: We will be liberated.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Anastassia de Bailliencourt

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    • WJFitzgerald profile image

      W J Fitzgerald 

      3 weeks ago

      Henry David Thoreau lasted a little over two years in splendid isolation.

      I do think there is a particularly American proclivitity to be called to the wilderness.

      But, modern life does need greater balance, not necessarily from technology per se, but from demands technology imposes on us.

      Maybe we all need to live like monks for a month every year.

      (You mixed up your generations.)

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      Camus mc 

      3 weeks ago

      Tu as bien raison

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