Valeria Mik: Single service tech friend

Posted: 2014-07-29
Written by: EU Network
Category: Contributors
Tagged: friendship relations tech youth
By Valeria Mik
How old is your mobile phone? I bet any of us would buy a new one every month, if only could afford it. Having it broken, we even don’t consider repairs to be the way out, preferring to thrust outdated metal scrap into the table and get a new gadget. Does this short life of technics affect our attitude to everything outside this accessories circle? Or probably vice a versa?
Well, I remember my granny’s old TV that she denied to get rid of, even when watching her favourite stagy  TV-court show she couldn’t properly hear the verdict announced. And it’s not about being short in money or stingy! Perhaps, people of previous generations are more attached to the things that they could afford only after months of hard work and austerity. They’ve always been taught to be careful with their possessions, no matter if it was a pair of sneakers or a cassette walkman, as if they were meant to die on the same day as their master. 
Generally, the roots of such an attitude go back centuries. Let’s think about good old Christian ideology and its regard for belongings: be grateful for small mercies. Buy once and use for centuries. Or just don’t sell your soul for material well-being and transitory things.  Well, it seems this guideline was timely till the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, because later rapidly growing industries needed an outlet market. That is, consumers with growing appetites and insatiable desire for purchases.
It seems that our generation is a perfect dream of every giant high-tech corporation of the world. After hard century of training and brainwashing humankind finally feels quite easy letting outdated phones, laptops or coffee-machines go and buying updated ones. Moreover, many of you may have noticed, that technique itself is being produced with a mission to let the owner down absolutely unexpectedly after just several years of service. 
I do not intend to judge the producers and the way they satisfy the needs of gadget-loAvers army. But the only thing that I am concerned about is the transfer of this single-usage attitude onto a system of personal relations and human values. We have hundreds of friends in social nets. Of course, this is a must-have set to get the title of easy-going, communicative person, party king, let’s say. Major part of such set is compiled from people we saw once in our lifes and probably will never see again, especially if we met them in bars or at parties. The process of communication with someone new brings a lot of pleasure, but leaving one bar and shifting on another person there, we don’t feel sorry about leaving the previous single-service friend, because we’re always tempted to rush for a new experience, and we crave for a new shift all the time. Seems similar to gadgets! It may be possible to count all your ex-phones, but counting single-talk friends is improbable. 
Anyway, I still believe that human relations and memories about people I once met have right to live longer than the period of warranty on my new mobile phone.


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