Recently I received a text message on a conversation between an elderly father and his adult child. I found it meaningful and thought I should share with a bigger audience. This is how it goes…
I had spent an hour in the bank with my dad, as he had to transfer some money, I could not resist myself and asked…
“Dad, why don’t we activate your internet banking?”
“Why would I do that?” Dad asked
“Well, then you won’t have to spend an hour here for things like cash transfer. You can even do your shopping online. Everything will be so easy and efficient.”
I was so excited about initiating him into the world of internet banking.
He asked, “If I do that, I won’t have to step out of the house?”
“Yes, yes!”, I responded excitedly.
I told him how even grocery can be delivered to the doorstep now and how companies like Amazon delivers everything!
Dad’s answer left me tongue-tied.
Dad said, “Since I stepped into this bank today, I have met four of my friends. I have chatted a while with the staff who know me very well by now. You know I am alone…this is the company that I need. I like to get ready and come to the bank. I have enough time, it is the physical touch that I crave.”
Dad continued, “Two years back I got sick, the store owner from whom I buy fruits, came to see me and sat by my bedside and cried. When your mum fell down few days back while doing her morning walk, our local grocer saw her and immediately rush her home using his car as he knows where we live.
Dad asked, “Would I have that ‘human’ touch if everything is done online? Why would I want everything delivered to me and force me to interact with just my computer?”
Dad continued, “I like to know the person that I’m dealing with and not just the ‘seller’. It creates bonds. Relationships. Does Amazon deliver all this as well?”
Technology isn’t life…Spend time with people… Not with devices.
Technology provides us convenience that we may have more time to spend with our loved ones and do things that matter. Unfortunately, many of us become “slave” to technology and put the blame on technology.
Let’s use our devices and leverage on technology to live a better quality life and not let it take control of our lives. Interact with human, not with devices.
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