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Today I feel like discussing a matter that’s extraordinarily important to me. It’s also quite a serious one, although it may not seem that way to other people. This subject is television and society. First off, I’m not going to deny that I’m a fan of television. However, I strongly believe that people should do everything in moderation. Too much television just isn’t a good idea. I also feel the same exact way about Internet use. When I look at children and teenagers these days, I feel like they’re spending more time watching television and staring at their computer and mobile phone screens than ever before. I feel like that’s causing a significant disconnect in society. Children and teenagers simply aren’t living ‘normal’ lives anymore. Their lives essentially revolve around their television, computer and phone screens. When I take the bus home from work, I’m often overwhelmed by how caught up young people seem to be in their mobile phones. They don’t usually take their eyes away from their screens for even a second. Their eyes essentially are glued to them. It’s almost as if they’re afraid that looking away will cause their devices to disappear permanently. It’s truly odd. There really needs to be some type of intervention.

It’s true that I’m part of the Internet generation. I was born in the late 1980s, so I barely even remember a time without the Internet. I started enjoying going online when I was a young boy. However, I’ve never been obsessed with going online. I always had a healthy approach to it. If you’re a friend of mine and you meet me to enjoy a nice and relaxing dinner on the weekend, you won’t have to feel annoyed by my constantly looking at my phone screen and ignoring our conversation. I’m not the type of person to ever do that. When I meet people face-to-face, they’re always my top priority. I always feel uncomfortable when I meet my friends and they seem more interested in their mobile phones than what I have to say. It always makes me question why they wanted to meet in the first place!

My point is simple. People should take the time to focus on the little things on life. Not everything has to revolve around the Internet. Young teenagers don’t seem to realise that a universe exists beyond the online realm. I suspect that many students have a hard time concentrating when in class, too. How can they possibly concentrate when the things they see on their mobile phone screens are quite possibly so much more interesting than the things their teachers are teaching them? It’s quite a dilemma, actually. I feel really frustrated when I think about it. No one loves the Internet and technology more than I do. Having said that, I think it’s extremely important for people to have a bit of balance in their lives. If a teen spends close to 100 percent of his time on the Internet (whether surfing websites, participating in online games or anything else), that leaves very little time for all other activities. These activities include studies, spending time with friends and sports, for example. I believe that parents and teachers these days should encourage their children to have a little bit of balance. If I ever have a child someday in the future, I’ll make sure that he or she understands the full importance of seeing the world. I’ll make sure that he or she understands the value of actually doing things instead of just staring at them via computer screens and mobile phone screens.

Again, I’m not saying that I’m not a big fan of television, mobile phones and the Internet. I’m a massive fan of all three of those things. I just believe that people could use breaks from them. This isn’t limited to children and teenagers, either. I often come across mature adults who seem to have television, Internet and mobile phone addictions. I’m not joking, either. I have one coworker who has to be surfing the web on her phone any time she’s not actively working. It’s so bizarre. She’s a bit older than I am, too. I just don’t understand all of this.

I’m the kind of person who likes going out there and really living life. I want to someday climb the highest mountain in the world. I want to meet different people from all continents. I want to sample all kinds of cuisines. I want to go skydiving. I want to go for a walk in the middle of Paris, France and feel like a real human being. There are just so many things to do. How will I ever find time to accomplish all of my goals, anyway? That’s the eternal dilemma. I like going on the Internet on a daily basis. I like spending time on my mobile phone texting friends and family members. I like watching television after a long day at work, too. That doesn’t mean, however, that that’s all I want to do. Far from that. I don’t want to live my life in front a screen. If I do that, I know I’ll regret it decades down the line. I want to be a ‘can do’ individual who believes that the sky is the limit. The sky really is the limit. Whoever said that first wasn’t joking at all.

I know I sound like a ranting fool. In some ways I am. I’m really passionate about this topic. I’m a massive proponent of the ‘living life’ movement and always will be. I definitely have a healthy love of technology but it’s not something that will ever consume my life. You’ll never see me glued in front of a computer screen for hours on end when I’m not at work. When I’m at work, my eyes get tired of my computer screen rather quickly. When I feel my eyes starting to get exhausted, I respond to the situation by taking a short break. I often take quick walks around my office. I sometimes even go outside and enjoy the fresh air for a couple of minutes. My boss doesn’t mind. My coworkers don’t mind at all, either. I’m a hard-worker so I can get away with quite a lot. Fortunately, I don’t ever really do anything ‘wrong.’ I’m a reliable individual who doesn’t have much of a rebellious streak at all. I’m quite boring in that sense.