When you’re sitting alone and bore at home, it’s the time when you realize that your family has ceased interaction with you.
It’s been almost 5 months since my unemployment. The time on job was tough for me, returning late from overtime, and that too was unpaid. The reason why I left my first and only job. And now when I am home, I find myself to be a couch potato, sitting all day long in front of laptop or television. The same schedule everyday has exhausted me. After graduation and before job I use to assist my elder sisters in cooking. I got bored repeating the same activity daily. Cutting vegetables, adding spices in the food, it’s all same everyday.
What to do? Well, when my sisters are free, they pass time on their smartphones. Sometimes, my eldest sister show me funny videos on her cell. But that’s not much of interaction, is it? Right? The only man in the house, that is my father, spends his time watching news. Mother, like all house wives, is always busy in chores.
This mystery to investigate why my family has ceased interaction, requires a time travel.
Trying to bring back memories from my past.. Shaking my brain. Aha. I remember. Me and father use to play board games and cards in free time. In fact the entire family was fond of playing these. We even place bet on winning. Whoever loses the match bought ice cream for all.
Ludo, snakes and ladders, chess, monopoly, solitaire, carom board etc were among the many games that we played.
Everyone somehow shifted to playing online games. I did too. When I was in University, I played online Scrabble during vacations. Now I don’t, because I don’t see any fun in playing with a random player from different time zone. A single match lasts for weeks. I don’t like Candy Crush either. Unlimited levels! Why people are obsessed with it?
The second activity that we did on weekends, was to watch a movie. My father use to lend a movie cassette from shop and we watched it late night. That was total fun. No more movie nights.
My time travel has exposed to me, why we have no more family weekends. Technology, I hate you sometimes. Those games were inexpensive way of family bonding. And the movies that we watched on VCR was also a form of amusement. When everything is available online from games to movies, how will people interact? All have their eyes glued to the screens of their smartphones, tablets and laptops.
What happened to my one big happy family? Do you feel the same way? That technology has lessened family interaction? How can one revive family nights in the era of technology?