How We Spend Our Time

Written by Scott Kelley on November 8, 2012. Posted in Gadget

The way we spend our free time has changed considerably in the past fifty years, especially since the invention of the personal computer and the internet. In the past, spending your free time meant having certain hobbies like collecting stamps, going biking or skating, going out with friends at the cinema or bowling and various types of activities, some of which actually implied face-to-face socialization with other people. Nowadays, most people spend their relaxed hours surfing the internet, checking their Facebook accounts or uploading photos and videos of themselves on Youtube. Now you listen to music on your iPod Touch and watch TV on a Panasonic TV, you no longer turn on the radio to find out the latest news.

Our lives are invaded by technology, and companies compete in creating new gadgets and applications that are meant to make our lives easier. Indeed, it is very helpful to own a gadget that is a telephone and also offers you internet, video cameras, the latest news, weather forecasts, games and many more. But what happens when there’s no longer room for anything else in your life because you’d rather stay connected to the World Wide Web all the time?

For most teenagers it probably seems impossible that you can do something else with your time rather than to listen to music on your iPod touch and chat with your friends on social networks. Now they can play their favorite games on their smartphones, tablets, game consoles, computers and so on; they can download Plants vs. Zombies for PC, or any other smartphone app, and utilize them on a desktop. But let’s think of it from a different perspective: you can have both technology and healthy activities. You can still listen to your favorite tunes while you’re skating or simply taking a walk and sightseeing; you can record your favorite shows and see them some other time, postponing them in favor of taking a class like yoga, T’ai chi ch’uan, wall climbing, swimming, or any other activity that allows you to move and have fun.

Why spend the day to watch TV on a Panasonic TV instead of going outdoors and enjoying all the wonderful things nature and society offer us? Get more involved in your community, get to know your neighbors, make new friends and you’ll look at life from a different perspective. And if you’re so keen on spending time on your computer, iPod or tablet, at least read a book, learn a new recipe or anything else that might help you better yourself. How we spend our time is very important, because later on in life we might regret not having done some things when we could have and should have.