ICT completing the circle of Modern Bhutanese way of life

Possibly Thomas L. Friedman was right when he wrote the book "The world is Flat". ICT has changed the way people live, the way they communicate, the way they do business. The physical distance is virtually shortened. A man in India does tax filing for another person in USA. An unmanned predator drone in Iraq is monitored from a lab in massachussets. President Obama meets Chinese premier Wen Jiabao over a video conference in his own office space in white house, thus technocrats claim that now our world is reduced to a small global village.
This impact is largely felt in Bhutan. Since 1984 there has been unimaginable advancement in ICT. Computers came in 1984, mobile technology in 1999 and internet in the same year. From a handful of IT literate people in the country now we have every other youth of our age netizens. Our generation; we are ICT dependant for almost everything, just imagine life without your black berry, the samsung flat screen TV,  Dell Vostro 3400, the compaq desktop, broadband connection, edge and GPRS and above all your virtual space on Facebook.

Last monday I had my laptop crashed and I had to do without it for two days. Without it I had literally no work in the office. All I had to do was open my mails and respond; update my work schedule and make calls accordingly. I felt as if  something something is badly amiss with me. Then I threw myself back into my chair and thought for a while. ICT has changed the working platform. Computer has become an integral part of my world. I had business mails to check in gmail; I had notifications to read on Facebook, I had to worry about my ranch in countrylife.Posts in my blog had to be updated. I didnt read my daily astro on yahoo.In a way I have developed a deep sense of attachment with the virtual world around. I felt very very bad for that two days. I was thinking, 'was that habit healthy any way! Is it not eating up my working time'. Yes I realised I was getting adrift between work and non-work virtual engagements. It was eating up a precious piece of my time against my wish of dedicating five hours sincerely to work every day.
Imagine day without your mobile phone, I will not be surprised to find half of friends doing their days works half- heartedly, Because at one end you will be worrying about the queue of missed calls awaiting you and most importantly those from your dear ones.
We are at a technological crossroads, where we still have our brick and mortar forms of offices and the ICT enabled services. We need to be very cautious and sensible when it comes to deciding the way we live. Through the use of all these modern amenities are we actually having time to think and reflect. Are they actually promoting good habits.Most of the time netizens happens to be technocratic, fashionable, punky. Ranging from garments to food habits seems to be borrowed from others that doesn't reflect any relevance or for that matter the need it self. I mean ICT is a  good servant but a bad master . In a way ICT is promoting consumerism which is against the foundations of human happiness. Consumerism is a developmental evil. We are at a point from which we can still return. let us think for ourselves are we using ICT the right way to reach the destination that we are seeking?. Yes we definitely need ICT but what component? How regulated? What level of restriction? Before jumping hastily let us seek the answers for the questions first!


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