Is it because we are all lazy? Is it true that as a result of our modern society’s decadence, individuals have become overweight? Are we all merely lethargic couch potatoes that do nothing but sit and eat all day? No, I don’t think so. Instead, we are a consequence of our changing technological world. I’m not alleging that technology is to blame; rather, I’m suggesting that as with previous generations, today’s adults are also a reflection of the culture in which they live. It isn’t an excuse; nevertheless, it is something I considered while going about my everyday routine.
I don’t get out of bed to the sound of an irritating buzz, beep, or the throbbing of the radio. These alarms would start my blood pulsing immediately, but I’d hit snooze to stop the madness. Then it would repeat itself, and again and again, I’d press the snooze button. After a few repetitions of this, I’d be late for work; I’d rush to the shower if I had time; I’d hurry to my car and drive as fast as possible to work.
Tech controls our life
No, not in our times. Instead, I am awakened to the sound of the sea on my Homedics radio, which soothes me as I wake gradually. Blood isn’t rushing through my veins; instead, there is a calm flow. After that comes a leisurely shower during which I play my shower CD player and listen to something that I enjoy while allowing the water to run almost cold.
During my towelling-off and dressing time, I can hear my coffee being brewed on the coffeemaker that is programmed to make me a cup every morning without me having to do anything. While I sit and enjoy my coffee, I notice that it is almost gone, so I press a button on my key ring that activates
I can go for a stroll to my automobile, get inside, and have a pleasant drive to work (barring any unexpected road rage). Nothing compares to the agony of rushing to my vehicle because I was late most of the time due to the irritation of my alarm or running because it was chilly before getting in and shaking and shivering for 10 minutes until it warmed up.
I arrive at the office and immediately pull out my PDA to see what I have on my schedule for the day. No more flipping through pages of my pocket calendar or scheduler for me. My workday is uneventful, but I can now send an interoffice email with the press of a button instead of having to run back and forth throughout the office to deliver communications to everyone. When it’s time to leave, I begin my car from my workstation and return home.
We no longer prepare food
When I get home, I throw my meal in the microwave without having to chop it up, cut it up, mix it, knead it, prod it, or stir it. In only five minutes, I’m sitting in front of the TV watching programs saved on my cable’s digital recorder and munching on a five-minute nuked dinner. Would I have previously done this?
No, because I would have needed to construct something to eat and there wouldn’t be anything on TV worth watching, so I’d eat and go do anything else to keep myself occupied. Oops, as I was munching, some crumbs got on the floor and then some more on the way back to the kitchen. Oh well, it’ll just vacuum the whole floor since it’s been preprogrammed to do so by my robot vacuum cleaner.
Finally, my day is coming to a close, and I can’t resist surfing the Internet for a little while before bed, maybe talking to some friends or relatives, and checking my email. In addition, I’ll need to connect my PDA to the computer anyhow. My slothful or technologically challenged day is now complete.
This is all a reminder of my initial question, which began everything. Is it true that I am lazy or simply a result of my surroundings? This book’s hypothesis is that I am both lazy and active. Even performing the simplest chores like preparing supper would have been physical activity years ago, but now it is too simple because everything is done for you in a box. Everything today is simple, and the majority of people are overweight as a result of convenience and reduced energy usage.
It doesn’t imply that we are lazy; it just means that we don’t have to put out the effort in order to complete our everyday tasks. I could, however, stop by the gym on my way home or go for a walk after dinner, so I’m also lazy. The Internet just draws me in every night and forces me to do nothing else after supper. Shame on you technology for forcing that gun to my head!