Addiction: Contagiously unique: Dying to get Offline, but alas!

May 31, 2009 at 11:50 am 8 comments


ADDICTIONS: Dying to get Offline, but Alas!

ADDICTIONS: Dying to get Offline, but Alas!

 “Greatness adds to the Good & evil begets evil, as simple as that”

 One 12 year old kid, who was supposed to enjoy his summer vacations by going out or playing till he drops in the heat, was having a horrible day yesterday, because his mother was not allowing him to play the Xbox (which he was playing for more than few hours already).

 He came to me angry with his mom and asked, ‘I am getting bored. I don’t want to go out and play. Can you tell mom to allow me to play on my Xbox so that I can have some fun.’

 I guess, this is what has become when I look around me, except for those very few who are still fortunate, under control and in touch with the real world.

 That’s when it struck me.

 I too have been addicted. I realized that I have become utterly obsessed to the cyber world like millions across the world. Today I am just one among the million less fortunate getting strangled to the today’s ipv4 syndrome – The Internet.

 This virtual platform engineered by those who started it as an information sharing platform has gone manifold through inventions & contributions by great pioneers like Al Gore, Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, Robert Kahn, Leonard Kleinrock, Lawrence G. Roberts, Radia Perlman and few others.


But why do I quote the first line that “greatness adds…..”


I realized the missing link around that could hold me grounded and keep me engrossed in life that is real.

 Today, as I scan across my little self-centered murky world, I find all those around fixated to something that is not just contagious, but uniquely contagious, in the sense that, it drives oneself to catch their novel form of addiction on their own.

 Surrounded by those either addicted to the till death do us apart yearning for money or those with a deflective state of philosophical bent through religious dose of daily booze or those obsessed with zero value adding life skills of traditional education or the amazingly exasperating bunch of hardcore shopaholics who have today led me to succumb & snail myself into a smaller world owing to sheer utter boredom.

 I feel suffocated when I end up nowhere but yet ‘find myself’ in a Mall every other day or worst diluting my already troubled fitness regime sitting in a restaurant that is definitely not helping me regain my good old self.

 Why? ‘coz today I am tired of again and again planning a spontaneous tour to a better place or at least a real world around and unfortunately cannot also find,  ‘who can take on ideas to connect to the real world’ & initiate an adventurous outing may be?

I keep trying to reinvent by being innovative and planning to reach out to the outer and real world and sadly find myself in a restaurant or compulsorily on the almost only way to stay connected with each other today – Telephone or even worst in a bar or a again a mall.

The value addition per se seems to be missing at every stage as addiction has caught up with specific religious routines of not thinking beyond the monotonously small world around.

 With so much of information explosion, I am today finding the spontaneity missing around me so much that I chose to get addicted to a virtual world with just a couple of hardware and loads of unnecessary junk from all across the globe.

 As I drift towards spending shockingly gifted long & empty weekends addicted to the virtual galleria, the more I realize the emptiness of adventure and spark with zest and energy around.

 The more I update myself on Web3.0 today, the more I feel sorry for the world of tomorrow that ‘might’ be a part of these uniquely contagious addiction syndromes over a period of time.

 Now that I have done some keying in for the day, let me get back to Orkut or Facebook where I can meet real people, ahem!

 Can’t believe, I am actually dying to get offline!

 What say?

 Let me know your views

 Ananth V – ‘(Still Online)’

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Silhouette....  |  May 31, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    hey ananth

    This is very true … Now-a-days “talking a walk ” means goin to a mall and browsing through shops… as oppsed to goin to open spaces …
    i think we were really lucky that there were no malls and pc games when we wre younger and got to enjoy the bright and REAL side of life in our free time ….. Its easy for us to get drawn into this MALL life and i guess most of us do .. i am one of them i guess ….
    but the point is … how many of us realise it and want to enjoy the life we used to live earlier and take steps towrads that…

    Nice Write-up



  • 2. anjeneyan  |  May 31, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Your blog reflects the loneliness of today life. The simple pleasure of going out to met friends and enjoy a common activity is what seems to be missing. We are trying to fill it up by meeting people or going places in the web world. The fault lies not with the medium, but with our life style and inability to form sustainable relationships. Your example of children enjoying computer games as compared to physical games in out doors is a symptom of this malaise. Computer and internet is only a medium or a means to an end. It is up to us to identify how and why we are using it.

  • 3. Venkat  |  May 31, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Your article on ADDICTION is indeed a wonderful expression of your experiences, poured out from your heart. Very good flow of thought.

    Nevertheless, we have limited control on the external manifestation of the biological instincts in those people around us and their Addictions, though on several occasions, it has a direct bearing on us .

    ADDICTION of that sort is bound to exist and any amount of effort in trying to change the attitude of those affected by the ADDICTION is LIKE WATERING A DESERT.

    Everyone is looking for a STRESS FREE, PEACEFUL day, and adapting a balanced approach is the right solution.


  • 4. Author  |  May 31, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Venkat, Anjeneyan & Karishma

    Thanks for your very personal views and comments. Its very true what each of you have mentioned. Lets hope, we get someplcae real as time gets by


    Keep reading and be well

    ANanth V

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  • 6. aditi rao  |  June 1, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Hi Ananth

    Loved this article. Was googling creative writers forums, and i landed here. I am glad i did.

    LOved this initiative from TECHDIVINE for getting togethr people professionally skilled as all of you authrs here writing so well

    This article particularly touched me to the core. SO much emotion and passion it has in it with so much feel.

    god bless and write millions more and inspire us all by touching our hearts with such powerful lines of yours.

    Also loved the kids article – young talents article of aishwarya and aditya a lot.

    Mr anjeneyan artcile on balika badhu was also superb

    I am a fan of this site now.

    keep inspiring


    Aditi Rao

  • 7. Venkat Balan  |  June 2, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Ananth,

    You have indeed wonderfully spelt out the current environment in which we are living. It set me thinking on my childhood days and the fun time we used to have playing outdoors.
    At times I feel, living in this virtual world, is it right to call this ‘Development’ or should it be aptly be ‘Deterioration’

    Many thanks for setting us thinking


    Venkat Balan

  • 8. Author  |  June 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Venkat.

    Thank you for your views on the same.

    Keep reading and keep posting your views

    Be Well

    Ananth V

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