It amuses me how preferences for sources of entertainment change over years. On one hand, I think it is an amazing thing to happen, on one hand. But on the other, it makes me upset.
Let me explain. So in the late 19th and 20th centuries the only source of entertainment was to go outside and interact with people. Socialisation was the source of entertainment. So, people would know what is happening in eachother’s lives, they would share joys and sorrows with eachother, they would spend loads of time with eachother- back then the world or let me say the society was a real family.
With the advent of the printing press in the mid 20th century, this socialisation (social interaction reduced). This happened because people began to read and relax within the four walls of their homes. The magic of the interwoven words and letters, was no doubt captivating and rejuvenating. But people very often met outdoors, more as a custom. This was to exchange the books or magazines that they’d read. Apart from this, they also met to read out to the illiterate population- this was an extremely common ritual. Apart from this people met at fairs, celebrated festivals together and continued to remain connected with eachother.
In the early 21st century, with the advent of televisions, mobile phones and computers, the pattern of socialisation completely changed. I’m in no way saying that it is bad or that it is a bane because it has several pros to it.
These days, people are more often found in their homes. They’re either watching television or contacting their friends and family, both near and far on telephones or mobile phones or playing games on these handheld devices. It is unfortunate indeed that people can no longer relate very well to eachother. People no longer sit together and play those board games like snakes and ladders or ludo.
This development in technology has created a wall of fake contacts. This world is no longer a family, it is just a place filled with loads of people who are just familiar with one another.