Living with Nature School on Blog Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to FridayDid it ever occur in your mind that vices and drug abuse are connected to computer addiction?
People, especially the young – children and adolescents - who sit before the computer for hours every day – even before they start using drugs, are already potential drug users. This is a thesis which I shall try to present and defend in this article.
These are premises of my contention. Computerizing whether for school assignment or just entertainment consumes precious time and energy. Time for hobbies, rest, reflection, exercise, socialization, or for quiet and peace. In short we have disturbed regular time management – the way our predecessor in pre-computer time made use of 24-hour cycle – so with 30-day monthly cycle and longer. In other words the computer has not only reset, but tinkered with, our biological clock.
The ever increasing features of the computer making today’s state-of-the-art in computer shades the 1960 predecessor a hundred folds more proficient. Pretty soon we will be groping and grappling with artificial intelligence like dealing with a university professor, and a genius at that. Already chess games with the computer are like playing with Karpov or Kasparov. War games need the intelligence and skills of Napoleon Bonaparte on land, and Horatius Nelson at sea. The computer does not only trace the campaign of Alexander the Great who attempted to create the largest empire on earth, but continue to trace the campaign even after his death.
Entertaining, isn't? Definitely yes, but at what price? Hour-after-hour uninterrupted concentration. Irregular meal substituted with fast, if not junk, food. Strained eyes (and also ears). Sustained suspense leading to cold hands and feet, and increased pulse rate and heart beat, while the muscles contract – an antithesis of balanced exercise. Soon you need a drug to calm you down, such as Valium and Prozac. Headache and therefore, you take analgesic. Hallucinations in your sleep lead to insomnia
So what is the preoccupation of the young today? It appears to be a syndrome instead, a syndrome of five components, namely:
1. Decreased Mental Concentration,.
2. Social Detachment,
3. Physiologic Imbalance,
4. Time Waste,
5. Indeterminate Purpose
Pose for a moment after reading this article and imagine yourself a victim of this modern day syndrome which can turn into a plague. ~
Acknowledgement: Photos from Internet