As dawn rises and shines her first light into our windows in the early morning we wake. The smell of freshly filtered coffee tickles our senses along the sizzling sounds from the pan frying our morning eggs. Suddenly, we hear the sounds of rustling pages being pushed through our letter boxes and our morning is complete. The news of the day on neatly cut paper with newly printed ink, right at the tips of our fingers.

It’s hard to imagine that this perfect scenario could ever become extinct but alas, due to technological advances paper has been rendered to be almost obsolete in the modern world. What does this mean for us mere mortals?

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Advances in technology have made the smart phone and the tablet common accessories and communication easier and quicker than ever. But, seemingly blessings to our day to day lives, it has made the perfect excuse for us humans to be lazy when it comes to social interaction.

The Disney Pixar animation Wall-E conveys an interesting idea as to how technological advances could potentially affect the social interaction of human beings. The film portrays humans as fat people who never even learnt to walk due to growing up in a world where technology has denounced their need to do so, they even converse with their friends via computer screens. Is this so different to our world today. Whilst merely making our daily commute we see more and more people focused on their screens than on the metro. No conversation is to be had either; headphones are locked into their ears, blasting out music without a care in the world. People are becoming more detached from society due to the hypnotic distractions of our computing devices.

Last year, famous graffiti artist Banksy created a stencil piece called Mobile Lovers. This particular piece shows a couple embracing whilst being hypnotised by their mobile phones. The darkness surrounding them suggests an illicit affair yet their romantic glows stem from the light on their screens. This witty piece particularly highlights the ways in which technology is affecting social interaction and portrays technology as a dangerously distractive tool, much like a lover you have been unfaithful with.

Although a paperless world may be the future, the implications of this are very likely to cause dramatic changes to the way our society functions. As paper becomes obsolete so does our ability to socially interact with our fellow humans.  As scary as it may sound, the film Wall-E could almost be foreshadowing the future of the human race if we cease to look up from our hypnotic screens. It seems as though a simple object such as paper could save us from a world of lazy self involved people on hovering chairs.

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Aqilah Vawda

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Aspiring to study Classical Civilisation at University and also aspiring to make writing my profession. Interested in politics and culture.

  • Hannah Chukwu

    This is such an interesting idea – go Aqilah, this is beautiful!

  • Dani A

    I agree, I’m pretty sure there are more computers in new libraries than there are books