Busier than ever in a convenient world
Recently, people have been discussing professor Charles Kao Kuen's Nobel Physics Prize and all the conveniences science has brought to our lives. Technology improves our living standards, but does it always improve our lives?
Before the existence of computers and the internet, people used typewriters. Mistakes were difficult to fix. Sending a letter to another country could take two weeks.
Computers and the internet have changed all that and now we can do jobs more quickly. But does that save us time? It does not seem so to me. It seems that since computers came along we're busier than ever.
The time to complete tasks has been reduced, but we have more tasks to do. We spend more time doing more work to compete with others.
I'm not sure if technology has really improved our lives.
Woo Chi-hin, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Chi-hin. Can you imagine a life where you get up in the morning and have breakfast cooked by your mum, around the table with your parents and siblings? You go to school until two o'clock and then come home. Maybe you need to rake the leaves from the back garden or take the dog for a walk. The rest of your afternoon is spent with your friends playing wonderfully adventurous games in which a fallen stick from a tree becomes a magical wand or a nice-looking stone is a gem sought by all.
When it gets dark you mum has to call you inside because you're having so much fun you don't want to leave. Again, a family meal prepared by your loving mother and attended by your father and siblings where you discuss your day and swap ideas. While you and your dad do the washing up you have some quiet time with him and then it's on to homework for an hour before going to sleep at a reasonable time.
I am not sure technology has improved our lives either.