Part of the Horde

My old phone died. I’m not really techy and I have no idea what model it is so let’s just call it a really old phone. I was tempted to buy the same model but everyone was saying it’s about time to buy a smartphone. So I did. I felt sad about it because I can no longer boast how not having a smartphone is perfectly fine. I’m now part of the zombie crowd (Thanks, Steve Cutts for the very accurate illustration). I have to admit though, with this new phone, I like how convenient it is to easily book a ride although I still pretty much prefer riding the taxi so I could support these taxi drivers, who are, to be fair, are not all evil.

“Is there wifi?” That’s the question most people would be asking. The common question I got asked when I spent a week at Makiling, which is a lovely place by the way; but since we were up in the mountains, the signal was very weak, to the dismay of everyone.

We’re so accustomed to being connected or online all the time. I still can’t understand how every moment, one has to constantly look at the hypnotic screen – while riding the jeepney, inside the elevator, in between conversations, heck, even in the toilet!

“The things you own end up owning you,” said Tyler Durden of Fight Club. And it’s an apt statement to these phones controlling our lives.

It facilitates communication, yes. But with that comes the ease of spread of fake news, more incidences of cyberbullying, and promotion of unrealistic self-image. Add to that the strain to human interactions.

We sure have a way of corrupting technology. It’s inevitable, I suppose. Maybe it’s just me being sentimental of the good old days. Or simply me growing old. Eek!

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Author: Ryan Bestre

Environmentalist. Teacher. Writer.

10 thoughts on “Part of the Horde”

      1. before nung highschool may nagpapanggap na friend ng tatay ko then isasama ka nya sa isang pedicab(accomplice) then aun na. ung next na holdup is sa jeep along quiapo, 2 sila, ung isa “supposedly” may dalang baril pero closer inspection keychain lang pla. pinilit kong hnd ilabas fone ko, tinapon ko nalang pera ko papalabas(dq alam iniisip q dat time honestly) then ung 2 most recent sa Bus papuntang makati at PNR na-snatch fone ko. to name a few of my experiences. hehe

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