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Do We Really Want to be Led by the Internet?  To Get the Right of Our Lives, Back

How we humans are, driven to become, more and more, addicted to high-tech devices, the internet here, with the outbreaks, adding to our needs to use the internet, because we have to, to keep ourselves out of, MERS-CoV’s ways???  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

What do you want your futures to be composed of?  More and more convenient, safer, and more, secure that’s a given!  But, do you want that tighter knit relationship with the internet, or, more of the physical, face-to-face, human interactions, and getting into the natural world?

Scientific research had already proven, that physical interactions with others and being close to nature, is good for our physical and mental, health, but, the internet surely, does make life, more, convenient, safer, and the key here is are technologies being used by the people, or, are we the people, being, used by, technologies?  A food for thought, for all the consumers in the world!

“Metaverse”, surely, everybody’s heard of it, it’d made its way onto the various forms of media, and in print, described how the internet world will be filled with so many brand new things we can, experience, at our, fingertips, but how much of what’s on the internet, is truly, practical, that offered the people the ways of life they want to have?  And, how much of the population would want to, live in this, virtual, reality?

The virtual reality surely can, bring more fun and applications to human living, it can be used in gaming, travel, education training, safety, an assortment of modes of businesses………………, these technologies are used by people, they can make our futures more convenient, safer, and full of more practical operations.

But, the major companies of technologies hold a different view of the practical means of technology, the C.E.O. of Tesla, Musk once mocked, “nobody wants to tie a god damn screen to one’s head all day long”, and he’d wanted to develop “a chip that’s implanted into the brains, that can, help improve our physical abilities.”, but this also has the risk of moral, as well as the issues of practicality as well.

what we all, become…

as we are, highly, addicted, and, lacked, that needed, self-control! Illustration from online

The advancements in technologies, and the usefulness of the internet, surely, gave people  a ton of convenience, made our lives more efficient, it’s a must-have tool for everybody, but, the sources of our happiness, is not from the internet, but from the face-to-face interactions we share with others around us, and being able to enjoying the beauties of, nature, so it’s the consumers who need to become, fully aware, of what it is that they are, searching for.

The consumers should use the internet and technologies available to us, to make a safer, and more convenient, and healthier world for us all to live in, instead of trapping ourselves, in the virtual realities, that we can’t, get back out again.

And, this showed, how easily it is, that we all become, addicted to these, high-tech devices, these social networking means, and we feel compelled to update our profiles, to let the rest of the world know what’s happening to us in our separate lives (oh wow, I just made a “doo-doo” out of my ASS!), and it’s this state of mind of wanting to be in the SPOTLIGHT, and I want the world’s attention on ME, that’s drive the internet to become so widely variable, and we’d lost sight of what’s truly important, getting into the world, physically, to INTERACT with each other, face-to-face, especially, with MERS-CoV, rolling around currently, it’s safer, for us to, keep ourselves home, to reduce the risk of getting exposed, and, all of these, added to the addiction of using the internet, and our separate, high-tech devices, and it’s still not good!

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You Win

This is how the high-tech devices, get between the love the two of you shared, because, you CAN’T divert his attention from “her”, no matter what, you just, can’t compete, and so, you admit to losing, and, make your, “exit”…translated…

You won!  I chose, to back out of the game.

On the MRT trains, as he sat by my side, he kept his eyes glued on you.  The attention I’d longed for from him, he’d, given it all, to you.  In the morning when we rose, before bed, he’d not even, given me a second of his time, only paid a ton of attention, to you, all he sees is, you.

In that space of privacy of only two people, I’d become, that unwelcomed, third, wheel.  And, as I’d, talked until I lost my voice, and can’t talk anymore, it’s all, wind to his, ears; and as you’d called to him, he’d immediately, tuned in, completely, focused.  Wherever he’d gone, he’d, taken you, without you, it’s like, he’d lost, his, soul.  Oh how I’d hoped, to become you, becoming the center of his, life.  But I know, that I will not, beat you, I admit, I lose.  You happy?

I HATE you!  Smartphone.

And so, this, is how addicted the modern day man can become, to the high-tech devices, to the point, that we ignore those who are around us, whom we should be, paying, more of our, attention to, well, what can we say?  We are, children, of the high-tech age, and that, is that.

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The Air, My Friend

All our, active, imaginations, getting, SLAUGHTERED, because of the “abundance” of access to high-tech gadgets, with internet access, at the tips of, all of, our, fingers, the column by Jimmi Liao, translated by me…

I’m Not Foolish Enough, to Go up to the Skies to Catch the Stars,

Nor am I, Stupid Enough, to Follow the Clouds Out Adrift,

I Will NOT Head Off to Space to that Exploration that Tires Me Out Completely.

 I Can Say This, Bravely, Loud & Clear:

“So Long as I Get to Stay at Home, Check Things Out Online on My Cell Phone,

I’ll Be, Happy as, a Clam!”

the artwork of Jimmi Liao, courtesy of UDN.com

And this would be, a MAJOR problem, the slaughtering of our, and the next generations’, active imagination, as the high-tech devices are now, taking OVER this god damn world, and, soon enough you will have those, itty, bitty, fetuses inside the wombs with a cell phone (or an iPad!), in those, tiny ten little finger when you go in to get your ultrasound or sonograms, and that’s still, too sad…

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Instead of Prohibiting the Children from Using the Cell Phones, Try Utilizing High-Tech Management Instead

How to restrict your own children, from getting addicted to the online world, and the high-tech devices, sound advice from the counselor’s office, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

Tik-Tok is not, the children’s favorite kind of new age social media, but there are, too many negative news on it, that it’d made the parents worrisome, that if the children are, using Tik-Tok without their, guidance.  The UDN papers interviewed many adolescents’ parents, the following is the first-person interview in summation.

There are a lot of parents around me who watched the videos on Tik-Tok too, there were friends on my FB who’d shared the videos off of Tik-Tok with us, there’s no way of banning our own young from seeing or using this new form of social media.  If we are worried that the kids may view the video footages of sex, of violence on TikTok, and banned it from their use, it only treats the symptoms, and not the disorder itself, in the online era, you can ban TikTok, but you can’t, ban EVERY other form of social network available for the children to download and use, you should set up the clear cut rules of usage of your kids’ cell phones for them instead.

I’d introduced the high-tech devices to my own children by progression, by fifth grade, I’d, given them the iPads, and, as they entered into the middle school years, I’d given them their cell phones.  As the epidemic happened, the school started utilizing the FB groups, LINE groups to assign the homework assignments, and, at this time, I’d taken the advantage, to teach them the dos and don’ts of social media.  For instance, they are only allowed to play the cell phone games after they completed their homework assignments from school, to use TikTok, and, on weekdays, off-line by ten, to avoid the impacts on their sleep.

I know, that there’s, NO way we’ll be there, monitoring the kids over what they’re viewing online, what they’re playing online, but, it’s important that we, as adults, know what programs they’d downloaded onto their cell phones, and how to use certain programs, to prevent the kids from encountering the improper, bad things online.  Using the high-tech device settings it’s more effective than the adults telling the children what they can, or cannot do.

For instance, using the Google Family Link to set the download limitations, using the ratings systems of YouTube that’s available; you can set the usage time on the iPhones too, or limit the time of use of programs on your children’s cellphones.

And so, all of these, are means that are available to all you parents out there, to keep tabs on your children’s time of usage on their high-tech devices, because, let’s face it, high-tech devices had already become, a vital part of our lives, something that we can’t, do without, and, to BAN your own young from using, it’s, just, impossible, so you should teach them how to use their high-tech devices more intelligently instead.

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The Younger Generations of Tik-Tokers, Walking on the Borderlines of Morality

These younger generations will do just about any and everything, for hits on their channels here, even losing their virginity too, I bet!!!  And it’s still all due to the developments of these internet platforms, that made it too easy, to gain the “fames” that these younger generations of children are longing to get, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

Bytedance, the internet company in China in 2016 announced it’s APP Tik-Tok being provided, since the selfie shorts are, trending all across the world, and now, the international version of Tik-Tok, and the Chines versions had been downloaded over three billion times, surpassing FB, IG, and other social media leaders.

and this, is how it all got, started…

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The adolescents are already used to sharing their selfie videos, streaming them online, anytime, anyplace, sharing it with the online communities.  The Child Welfare League’s “Survey of Children & Adolescents Usage of Internet Software” back in 2019 found, that thirty-five-percent of children and adolescents have the habits of making short films of themselves, and streaming online, sixty-percent are using Tik-Tok, of the surveyed, forty-five percent said that they wanted to be young internet sensations.

In the past, Tiktok had made a ton of middle and high school age students famous.  There were the students who’d started speaking for the products, hiring the agents, with many of the high school age students’ followers breaking over hundreds of thousands, most of the followers are in the peer groups of teenagers.

To get the trending videos made, some of the teens are walking the borderlines of morality.  In October, there are the TikTok footages of many adolescents interacting with a homeless man, Huang.  The homeless man, Huang seemed to be psychologically ill, had once gone and hugged unknown school students who’d passed him by, and now, where the homeless man squatted, there is, a crowd holding their cell phones, making fun, and, some had used improper language to anger the homeless man, and there were those students in their school uniforms, hugging him, kissing him, all of the sake, of getting thousands, or hundreds of thousands of hearts, and the “most number of Kudos” on TikTok.

advancing to this…

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photo from online…and, this too…
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So, this, is how bad it is getting, to boost our ratings, our “popularities”, we’re, willing to, put our lives out there, in HARM’s way, and, you don’t know, if that homeless guy you’re, hugging, for “ratings” might get turned on, and, start molesting you, and yeah, I’d been there, and had that done to me, and that just showed how the younger generations will do everything, just to get a HIT on their YouTube channels or whatever.

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My Cellphone that Suddenly, Stopped Working

When it still worked, you failed to realize your dependency on it, but, once as it’d, malfunctioned, you found yourself, lost without its, convenience…translated…

Eleven days before the levels of alert dropped to two, that Thursday evening, having been diagnosed with the addiction of Tetris, I’d finally, overcome the addiction, as I was about to, turn on the app of my electronic reader, my cell phone screen blacked out all of a sudden.

Malfunctioning?  How’s the vital signs?  The body’s still, a bit, warmed up.

I’d, restarted my cell phone by force, pressed the primary key and the power button, continued for a few seconds, letting go, unresponsive still.  Lack of battery power then?  Plugged in the charging cords, unresponsible.  Switching to another cord, another charger, still, nothing.

I had, continued, forcing my cell phone to, restart, for a continued, more than, twenty-minutes on end, I started sweating hard, lifted my head up, it was, as if, I saw the masked doctor, Ying, blinked at me with those, dimmed out, but still agile eyes, telling me, “Dong-Ju, give it up already.”

I’m not Dong-Ju, I’m not doing, CPR, just waiting, for the first episode of the second season of that soap, reviewing over another soap.  And yet, the cell phone was like that patient who’s, already, dead in the soaps, stopped beating in the heart, if it had, a heart.

this…

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“Oh, cell!  What’s happened to you!”, I’d spoken that Korean, not knowing if it’s, correct or not.  Started wailing loud, like the families of those patients who had, died.

On the following day, working from home, thankfully, the wi-fi at my home was working, I’d, connected with that sense of, normalcy with the rest of the known world.  For lunch, I’d made the Korean style ramen noodles, pulled open my storage cabinets, two packs of it left.  Opened up the fridge, two more bundles of baby Pak Choi, just my serving amount, three eggs, that’ll, last me until tomorrow at breakfast then.  In the freezer, the sides I’d used, the fish dumplings, the shrimp dumplings, not that many left.  Time to, order in then…………

Oh yeah, my cell phone broke, I can’t, call the orders.

Of course, I could, walk down the staircases five stairs, then, down that sharp slope of four hundred meters, to get some groceries from under the hills, then, carry all of that, weighing in at about three to five kilograms, climb up that steep slope for about four hundred meters, then, hike up five floors of staircases home.

Because, my scooter also, broke. 

“Oh my scooter, what shall I do, without, you?”

Eight days after the alerts got elevated to stage three, Monday morn, we were going to work in shifts, it was my turn to go in for work, I’d, twisted the key in my scooter then, pressed the start button, squeezed tight my brakes, and I heard my scooter, started, moaning and groaning, making that sound that sounded like it was, dying.  Couldn’t get it to start the engine, no matter how hard I’d, tried, seeing how I’d continued to try to turn the engines on for almost ten minutes then, if I don’t go, I will be late, so I’d, run down that four-hundred meters worth of downhill slopes, to catch, the MRT.

Gotten too far away from the subject here, back on my broken cellphone.

with this…

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cell phone broken…

What’s, in it?  Games, electronic books, emails, video streams, the communication records of my group…………none of that mattered.  I’d become, totally, reliant on my cell in shopping for daily needs, food too.  It’s safe to say, that I’d been, spoiled by it.  Until I recalled how my banking app, and my trading accounts are also, on there, that came, as, a biggest, sort of, shock!  These days, any and everything is, stored on the cell phones, when did that start to happen?

To tell the truth, there’s, nothing wrong with modern day man’s reliance on the cell phones, I just hope, that it doesn’t, break again, in the past two years, enough had already, broken down, the entire world.

mixed in with…

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illustration from online, and we modern day people are, totally, SCREWED!!!

And so, it wasn’t until your cell phone broke, did you realize, how much you’d, relied on it, and, as you’d realized this, you wanted to, get off depending on it completely, but you can’t, because our lives are, tied in with, these high-tech devices that we’re all using, for work, for entertainment, and everything else, and, these high-tech devices, made us, into, their, dependents, and we can’t, get off using it.

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Meeting Face-to-Face

On the brand-new ways of how humans shared interactions, translated…

From before when we missed someone, we’d called him up, and now, when we miss our friends, we simply, check their Facebook pages.  But, there are still, some friends who CHOOSE to live beyond the clouds, and NOT get logged on Facebook, for instance, Johnson.

Three days out of a week, Johnson taught classes in Hualien, and, my workdays at the newspaper office end at ten at earliest, and so, it was, really hard, for us, to match up the time, even so, we’d still meet up together every once in awhile, in the late night pubs, or drinking houses, sharing a midnight snack together, and used the goings-on of our lives, as the side dishes, and this, would be the only way I get to “follow” him, after all, he doesn’t use Facebook.

In today’s world, with Facebook, ruling the world, those who are comfortable, being outside the “kingdom” of Facebook, has that kind of solitude about them, like someone who’d insisted on following one’s own ways, instead of flowing along with the crowds, it’s almost, a sort of a personal style, I suppose.

I’d entered into the Facebook “train’’ kinda late myself, had it not been David Finch’s “Social Network”, that’d sparked my curiosities, making me want to see what Facebook was all about, maybe, I wouldn’t even have a Facebook account too.  Because I’d felt, that Facebook had started from the dorm rooms of some college boys, has that sense of losing control one of these days feel to it.  Facebook is a huge bulletin board, the receiving and exchanging of information is a hyper speed, but, you’d get easily mixed up in others’ businesses, and, you will lose your own privacies easily too, so, it is needed, that we keep a safe distance from it, not talking about the private matters, not talking about what’s on one’s mind, because after you’d said it, you WILL regret it.

And, those things you can’t post on Facebook, you can only, disclose them to your trusty friends.

The real feeling, still must be experienced, through the livings of day to day.  Even IF you’d gotten really connected with someone on Facebook, the physical distances between the two of you is still ocean wide.  If you couldn’t feel his breaths, touch his hands or arms, see his facial expressions, then, how can you hear what’s truly in his heart?

So, when I miss some friend, and was driven to check his goings-on on Facebook, I couldn’t help wonder, what hidden messages are unstated, behind those simply stated words?  Is he happy?  How are things going for him lately?  If it’s possible, it’s best, that we meet out at a café or something.

Just like how books in print is still not replaced by e-books, meeting face to face, is still, all too important, the exchanges of feelings, in the end, it still shouldn’t be imagined from the ends of the tablets or laptops.  The exchanges that people share with each other, the temperatures, the hugs, the facial expressions you see, the looks and the smiles, NO amount of advanced technologies can duplicate.  The moment the two of you meet up, the external environments, as well as how the two of you were feeling, right at the moment, will all become worth-savoring memories in the futures, and, the pictures that entered into your heart, can NEVER be replaced, by any kind of electronic products.

Collecting three thousand different accounts on Facebook as your friends, is not as good as having just ONE person you can share heart-to-heart talks with.  So, just ask the person out one day, and, take that long-awaited walk together then.

So, this, is telling us, that we NEED to return to our most primitive form of human interactions, FACE-to-FACE, and, even though inventions such as Facebook can bring people who are so far apart physically closer together, it still wouldn’t feel as real, as having someone who can hear you, pour out your heart, when you got your hearts broken, can it?  Of course N-O-T.  So, STOP getting too addicted to the friendships online, and make friends, physically, the ones you can talk to, face-to-face, after all, FACE-to-FACE interactions are an important part of HUMAN interactions, unless, you want to become a ROBOT, then, I REST my C-A-S-E!!!

 

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Can We Turn Our Wi-Fi Connections Off?

How. How can we lose our only “connection” to the rest of the world???  Oh yeah, this, is on addiction to the WWW, translated…

I’d gone to Korea to travel with a group of my girlfriends, two days ago, because the hotel we stayed in was old and unmodern, and there was NO wi-fi connection in our room, the group of us girls got lost in conversations until the wee hours of the night, when we still didn’t want to say our goodnights, but, we were, overcome, by the sleeping bugs.

But, since there had been wi-fi connections installed in the hotel we were staying in, although we’d still stayed in the same room, but, we’d gotten our heads, GLUED to our cell phones, and we’d not conversed at all anymore.  From the day before, we were so “intimately relating to one another”, weren’t we?  So, how come, we’re now, LINING our separate friends?  And, our shared suite became, overcome with this deafening silence, only a few words of boring exchanges, then, we’d returned to, working on the games or whatever on our separate cell phones.

What’s undeniable was, I too, was attracted by the wi-fi connection, so, there was a phenomenon, when one of us was using wi-fi, and another wasn’t, at this time, no matter what the one of us who wasn’t using wi-fi tried to engage the one who’s online into some interesting conversations, the replies we’d received from one another had become, “oh yeah, uh-huh!”

This was happening at home too, we’re all sharing the same space, but, because we had wifi as our best company, we no longer required the person-to-person interpersonal interactions anymore.

Naturally, wifi IS all too attractive, you couldn’t say NO to its siren-like calls, it’s powerful, that it can allow you to LINE some far away friends; it can allow you to check in to Facebook, and it can also allow you to follow that soap with that star you’re into.

And, because of it, our lives became very colorful, so, everybody LOVES wifi so, even when we’re out to afternoon tea, arriving at a restaurant, or any place else, we’d asked the shop for the wifi passwords, but is this, truly good?

There IS a real person sitting next to you, food that looks savory before your eyes, or beautiful sceneries, waiting, to take your breaths away, why not just, cherish what’s right before your eyes, those precious moment?

Ooh, ooh, ooh, I KNOW, because we are all, ADDICTED our high-tech stuff, and besides, we MUST let our “friends” on FB know where we are, so that, is why we’d “checked in”, everywhere we go, using that FB QR code, and this is really bad, because you’re IGNORING the people who are right there, sitting, NEXT to you, hello, hello, hello???  And this, is just one of those MODERN-DAY inventions, that was supposed to help people get closer together, but instead, it did, the EXACT opposite!

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When You Need an App to Get a Waiter to Pour You that Glass of Water…

Uh, I got one question: how HARD is it, to raise your arms, in that restaurant or bistro, or wherever the HECK it is you’re dining at???

Maybe, you think, that this water-getting APP of your magical devices IS a great invention, after all, you don’t want to RUIN your vocal cords, screaming, AT the TOP of your lungs, for that waiter who’s super, duper, DUPER busy, taking orders, running the meals, etc., etc., etc., to keep on ignoring you, do ya?  Nope!

When you need an app to get a waiter to pour you that glass of water, then, there IS a problem, with the restaurants’ workers, because, apparently, they did NOT pass that course in customer service in flying colors.  When you need an app to get a waiter to pour you that glass of water, unfortunately, seeing how EVERYTHING IS going hi-tech these days, there’s NO way, of avoiding this.

When you need an app to get a waiter to pour you that glass of water, then, you’d be in deep trouble, and, I would highly recommend you, to get BACK up, and, move your ways, OUT of that bistro, restaurant, or whatever (bar, maybe???) you’re sitting in, because those who are “servicing” you, had totally, FLUNK the COURSE on customer services, hello, hello, hello???

 

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I Will Go to Bed Earlier Tonight

Translated…

Maybe you’d already begun searching

For my name

Many years ago, you’d followed my movements

To track down my life

Registering at places is merely

The proof of we’re losing something

And, what are you thinking of?

Everything in the world is zooming in

But, nobody’s giving you kudos

To my boredom at all

So, this, is what life is like, and, you are still, staying UP into the wee hours of the night, because you wanted to know, that someone out there, from the WWW IS actually caring about you enough, to hit that “Kudos” button of whatever it is you’re putting down on your Facebook accounts, and you will keep on waiting, waiting, waiting………

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