The great digital revolution is here and we are all part of it. The opportunities offered by internet and other digital devices have become so familiar with us; you would think we were born with them.
The rush from the average phone to the so called smartphones has been indeed a big milestone in Uganda. It’s almost a shame for a corporate person to be without a smartphone. It is looked at as a sign of un-civilization.
The advantages of a smartphone are anonymous. Who thought we would sit in the comfort of our homes and offices and communicate to the rest of the world using a tiny garget?
With such big opportunities; one would think the world would be a better place to be in than it was before the digital era.
On the contrary, it has become worse and it seems there are more disadvantages than advantages that come with technology especially within our Ugandan modern community.
Smartphones supported with various social media platforms have become a podium for promoting pornography. Nude pictures and sex videos sharing has become part of this digital era.
Privacy and decency are becoming things of the past. Private body parts that used to be respected have been made so public that we think it’s now normal for a person to share their private parts so long as they look good.
It is now about the quality of those private parts but not the secrecy they deserve. It’s no wonder prostitution has become a common vice in Uganda. Young girls and boys are having sex during day light and night on camera. Its that normal.
Gambling has become another vice that has come with the new technology. Sports’ betting has become a permanent source of income to some youth and even elderly men.
This they can do everywhere they are thanks to smartphones.
The fact that one can check for all the games odds online and place their bets online has made it easier for a lot of people to get into this addictive vice.
Students have lost millions of money in this sport and families have been broken down.
With the use of internet, it is almost possible to know anything with just a click on your smartphone.
This should be an advantage, it is well known that knowledge is power, the more you know things, the more wise you become. But how many people use their smartphones to search for important information?
The most searched for information is celebrity gossip and football. Because of the digital migration, names like Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé have become household names that you would think they are presidents of a certain organization that saved the world from sinking.
Relationships on the other hand have become impossible to maintain. People are so obsessed with their smartphones that having a relationship with normal people is almost impossible.
We have created our own unseen communities and families on social media that we tend to take more seriously than family members. It is impossible to trust a man who spends a third of their time on WhatsApp and Facebook.
Like they say, men are the most tempted creatures on earth. Among ten women that a man sees every day, five of them attract them sexually. Imagine a husband who has 2000 female Facebook friends that he can contact without being spied on or spotted by the wife’s friends!
Imagine a desperate unhappily married woman who receives advances form 100 men every day just by posting a picture of her on social media!
Cheating has been made so easy and with the already tense situation in most married partners, it is almost impossible to be faithful for most people.
These problems are with us, we cannot go back, and technology will even get better with the years to come. We will not need to attend meetings and the need to visit friends will also reduce.
The only solution and option we have is to make choices on what we want to gain from the technology.
If accessing pornography or meeting new sexual partners is priority to you, no one is going to stop you but it’s upon our own conscious as adults to make sure that we use social media responsibly to develop ourselves socially economically and politically.
Time is now to reconsider what exactly you do with that smart phone.