Oh, oh, so now you’re awake? You’ve suddenly come alive abi? You be Lazarus abi you be Frankenstein? (By the way, is it ‘grateful’ or ‘greatful’ ? Just asking…)
One broadcast message is all it took to liven up my BBM contacts list that had been boring and stale for days. Its an insane paradox that when I wake up the first thing I do (unfortunately even before praying some times) is I pick my phone and check my pings, e-mails, mentions, DM’s and missed calls. I’m in a room with friends and even family at times but I’m bent towards a screen clicking away on the keyboard. I’ve almost been run down by the most rickety piece of scrap of a bus, playing music and tweeting while walking on the wrong side of the road. But for crying out loud what is so important on twitter, FB, Gtalk, BBM etc that my battery is at 30% by 11am? What could I possibly be doing, be so engrossed in that I sit in one spot for hours, developing chronic neck pains and even when I do finally go out I’m always refreshing and checking my screen for that blinking red light that says ‘pick me’, ‘message’, ‘reply now or you die’? Even within conversations I give a third of my attention to the actual human and two thirds to the characters on my screen. Where did we go wrong? Where do we get off?
‘With great power comes great responsibility.’
Its pathetic sometimes, although I work from my BB, writing reviews, blogging and the occasional column, submit CV’s, get the latest news at it occurs and generally keep up to speed in this Age of Information, its too easy to get muddled up in the junk on most social networking sites. When I was in school I was hardly ever with my phone in class, someone else was either FaceBooking or something more trivial on my phone such that I had literally beg or fight for my BB back at the end of the day. Sadly most people tweet in class, on the bus, in CHURCH and even at important meetings.
Is this really all there is to our lives? We so called ‘technologically advanced’ youth? Can anything good come out of NazarNET? Unlimited internet access on-the-go is becoming more of a curse than a blessing and we don’t seem to realize its happening right before our eyes. And its not just the net, its the gadgets, the clothes, the accessories, the unaffordably expensive and needless outings, shopping, ‘borrow-posing’, the champagne lifestyle on a coca-cola salary that disillusion us young people into Advanced Fee Fraud (they even gave it a nice name… Unlike the ‘G’ or ‘Yahoo’ we call it, worse yet is calling it ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ like you’re living in 2003 or something), Whoring for BB’s and trips to dubai, Rituals, Armed Robbery and more despicable and unthinkable crimes. We don’t want to work anymore – genuine hustle just takes too long for us – but we want to live more lavish than the celebrities we see on TV. We’re exposed to too much too soon in such a short time frame and with little or no income that the flashing lights of the commercials (the headlights on the EOD’s, the strobe lights in the club, the rainbow coloured apparel in shop windows) trigger pseudo-epileptic seizures and we lose ourselves in an endless whirlpool of spending money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t like or even know.
There is so much we throw away because we don’t know its useful and admittedly its difficult to trudge through the garbage and find worthwhile opportunities without getting lost in the maze but it only takes focus and discipline: two virtues very easy to cultivate contrary to what we think. For the unemoployed, look for jobs online, submit your CV’s or apply for internships the next time you’re on the net. If your an entrepreneur, market your products next time you’re tweeting instead of wasting such valuable time. If you’re gifted in writing, music or any other art, sell your self online because that is the easiest and cheapest medium you could ever hope for. The internet is also a platform for growing businesses especially and not just a playground for ‘overgrown babies’ who carried over their ‘play time’ from ‘ota akara’ (pre-school, kindergarten or play class if you prefer). Don’t waste away or get sucked into the digital vortex without any tangible gains.
And if you so wish to find something worthwhile to do online but don’t know how to go about it, just let me know, I’m here to help (but for a fee though, the best things in life are not always free).