We all have that one eccentric friend that has a special, not ‘someone’, rather a ‘something’! One gadget that plays the role of a soulmate; they treat it like a member of the family, name it, love it and can’t do without it!Sameena Kenaz firstname.lastname@example.org
For most it’s just the joy of holding their beloved in their hands and being able to show it off. It’s nerve- racking for these gadget aficionados to hand over their bundle of joy to someone else. They just can’t stay away and the thought of losing the gadget-of-affection drives them insane.
It is often hard to understand the attachment between a person and a gadget but there can be various reasons for the unlikely bond such as: the date it was bought on, what it may have helped accomplish, etc. Sometimes it could just be the attention it got you!
Nikhil Choudhary, an electronics and communication graduate shares a bond with his camera, he says, “I got my camera on October 18, 2006. I got my birthday gift almost a month late! My father bought it and it is The Nikon D40x. I’m not a photographer but I do like clicking pictures now and then. I’ve had the camera for six years now. I love travelling and I take my camera everywhere I go, I cannot live without it now!”
We all agree that the advent of gadgets have had an immense impact on our lives in the past decade but, these wonderful alterations in the nature of our relationships with them is just something else!
If we are giving these voiceless and lifeless gadgets so much love, one can’t even begin to imagine what kind of attachment we’d share with something that does talk or respond (read: artificial intelligence). Why go that far? If one has been noticing the sudden interest people have in voice apps on phones, it becomes quite evident that gadgets are no longer just machines to us. They fill in a void that nothing else can replace in our lives today.
Akhila Bejju, an iPhone buff quips, “My iPhone is my first love! It’s my baby! My parents gave it to me on my 21st birthday. When it’s not with me I feel like something’s missing. I am extremely possessive about it.”
Nevertheless, with the kind of things gadgets today help us accomplish, it may be just natural for us to be so in love with them. You can’t imagine going out without your phone, simply because it helps you stay in touch, guides you, helps you immortalise memories, becomes an apt companion when you need to kill time and of course, makes you look good too.
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine what our lives would be like without these electronic friends. They have undoubtedly made our lives so simple and uncomplicated; also made us a tad bit lazy, but it’s okay! They’ve given things at the touch of our finger and follow our commands so well, it seems they’re now an inevitable part of our lives whether we like it or not.