Today, I am going to talk about #SolitudeChallenge. In this challenge, my task is to disconnect high technology such as laptop, internet, mobile phones, tablets, and the like.. to experience a day without social network. I am very excited, or was excited about it, because it looked easy and interesting at first. However, it got more complicated when the day kept dragging on forever.
When I was alone without the internet connection, I felt very confused and a little bit lost, because all my friends and connection are basically in the mobile phone. However, when the day kept going on, there are a lot questions appearing in my mind. What if the current world were like without social media and mobile phone? What would happen to the society and the humanity? Would people become happier? Would work become less efficient without this high technology?
There are a lot of debates around the discussion of the relation between society and social media. My parents used to tell me about his childhood life when he and the kids in the neighborhood played “tac lon”, “ban bi”, “bit mat tron tim”, “banh dua”, etc. All of these activities do not cost a big sum of money to play and the kids would get together to play them. With the growth of social media, the gap between person and person is getting closer. Yet, the closeness is virtual. It is a must to acknowledge that social media has shortened the way from one person to another person, but these interaction is not real. What would happen to our lives if social media and mobile phone do not happen in the first place? Let’s take a look at this video.
However, the world without social media, definitely, is a different world, but not a better world. Social media creates many jobs. With the emergence of Facebook, this social media platform has created more than 200,000 jobs per year in the U.S. Thanks to the expansion of the internet, unemployment is easier to solved. The internet has provided us an unlimited access to knowledge. Without the internet, the world would be quieter and smaller. There were no parades, demonstrations, occupiers. However, it is for certain that the knowledge would be more restricted. It may take more than 30 years for the collapse of a dictatorship system in some countries. If there were internet in the past, the cruelty of Nazis would be displayed publicly. This human genocide massacre would be ended sooner. There would be less people dying in vain.