Perhaps we should be spending more time with people, not gadgets

I had spent an hour in the bank with my Uncle, as he had to transfer some money. I couldn’t resist myself and asked him, “Uncle, why don’t we activate your internet banking?”

“Why would I do that?” He asked.

“Well, then you wont have to spend an hour here for things like transfer. You can even do your shopping online. Everything will be so easy!” I was so excited about initiating him into the world of Net banking.

He asked, “If I do that, I wont have to step out of the house?”

“Yes, yes!!” I said. Then I told him how even grocery can be delivered to his door now and how Amazon delivers everything!

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His answer left me tongue-tied. He said, “Since I came 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’m 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. Two years back when I got sick, the store owner, from whom I buy fruits, came to see me and sat by my bedside and cried. My wife fell down few days back while on her morning walk. My local grocer saw her and immediately got his car to rush her home, as he knows where I live. Would I have that ‘human’ touch if everything only happened online?

“Why would I want everything delivered to me and force me to interact with just my computer? I like to know the person that I’m dealing with and not just the ‘seller’. It creates bonds. Relationships. Does Amazon deliver all these as well?”

Technology isn’t life. Perhaps we should be spending more time with people and nurturing the human touch instead of just relating through our devices.

Credits: Story sent in by EyeBeeKay. Thanks!

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8 comments

  1. Some things involving technology are for convenience, but can never take the place of real relationships.

    You would have been better off trying to get the uncle to do banking transfers online as backup rather than as the main way of doing things.

  2. Matter of fact, online transactions are supposed to fee up more time for you to get involved in more meaning full relationship with your faceless facebook friends, ebooks, movies and chess games.

    (Eye_Bee_Kay, stop this crap!)

  3. I hate banking halls. I only go when it’s absolutely necessary. We still do interact with others. Not many of us order groceries online. We still go to the salon – we have to! We eat out – fastfood, mama put etc. We watch football or basketball or whatever sports we’re into with friends. We jog outdoors. Some go clubbing, hangout etc. I think we’re doing OK for now…

    1. I’ve been to banking halls in different places but the Nigeria experience is something else. Is there ever a time when they’re not crowded?

      I don’t mind the waiting, I just people watch.

  4. I understand his viewpoint but that doesn’t work for me. I like to choose the people I interact with. Nigerian banking halls, markets etc doesn’t give me that, rather, they force me interact with people I wouldn’t want to come close to at all.
    I love interactions, but I hate crowds and I hate delays. Technology meets most, if not all my present needs.

  5. Guess there’s always 2 sides to every situation,sure the use of technology potentially limits our social interactions but the convenience and comfort it affords to carry out businesses cannot be over emphasised,imagine having to make a 3 hours journey to your nearest bank branch just to carry out a banking translation..

  6. Dope. I’ve been a little more interactive in the real life since 2014. I connect more with people’s plight when I see them than when it is mediated.

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