How technology shapes society: From telephone to VoIP

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” CS Lewis

Ever since Newton and Descartes, laid the foundations of the scientific revolution, the world has experienced a burgeoning growth in technological development, to which, even after five hundred years, there is still no symptoms of stagnation. Today, if Graham Bell, purchased a HughesNet Home Phone through IRG Digital, the advance in technology would seem miraculous to him. Phones like HughesNet Home Phone, which use VoIP technology; provide crystal clear voice quality, at much cheaper rates, and offer wide range of advance features like conference calling, call forwarding, voicemail, auto attendant, and many more luxuries. Connecting people together had never been easier, and with the advent of fifth generation technology, we can look forward to real time communication.

However, excess of everything is bad. The technological advancements which make life easier and connect the world into a global village, could turn into a nightmare for mankind, if caution and moderation is neglected in favor of naïve trust on technology. Time is ripe that we consider the deeper longings of our soul and heart, which thirst for love, hope, and trust from fellow men. Without contact with fellow men, we cannot fully grasp the joy of fellowship. Today, we may sit next to each other, glued to our smartphones, missing the opportunity to have fellowship with others. One of the unfortunate reality of the contemporary world, is that people of the same age group are spending a lot of time together. The days when youth spent valuable time with elders seem like ancient, which is a harbinger for a declining civilization.

In such turmoil, heeding the advice of CS Lewis, could be a sage decision. If we could turn around, and look for the real personal communications to satisfy our desire for fellowship and community, only then can we be able to find pleasure in technology and science, by giving them their due attention and no more.

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