It is coming to a point where everything you need can be brought right to your home. People work from home, shop, and are entertained without ever walking out their front door. You can get a complete education from elementary school straight through a masters degree from your computer. need an after school activity? There are drum lessons and guitar lessons to expand your horizon. Whew, long day. Need an easy meal after sitting at your terminal studying? Just call GrubHub, and have food from your favorite restaurant delivered to you.
As technology is supposed to be making peoples’ lives easier, it’s actually making us more isolated and miserable. I have witnessed friends at a party who are barely paying attention to the people around them. They are fixated on the phones. Always afraid to miss the latest gossip and/or news. There are things going on in the world that have nothing to do with them, but they feel they must stay entrenched in the story. They would rather be at home with the digital world, than with real people.
So, if you look the average life of a person and how they develop, you see that the new norm for society is headed for a bad spill. I myself work from home, and there are days when I never leave the house. I couldn’t even tell you what the weather was like. One good side effect of this is that if we ever venture out into space, we will be used to constantly living in confined spaces, and working from one area.
Don’t get me wrong. There are still plenty of people who enjoy the great outdoors and the abundance that life has to offer, but the majority are spending more time in virtual worlds of one form or another. While the idea of never having to leave your home might sound convenient for some, it does have it’s drawbacks.