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Rant of the Week: Stop Being an iZombie and step back into the real world!

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Illustration by Georgia Burns

Behold the new Apple Watch! A device that promises to revolutionise our lives by telling us the things that are on our phone, without needing to take our phones out of our pockets! Genius, hey?

Of course, you’ll still need that iPhone 6 in your pocket, but with this revolutionary device you’ll be able to send text messages by speaking to your wrist, a pleasure previously only reserved to clinically insane people! You’ll also be able to show all your friends the photos you’ve taken with its miniature screen and make them all think they need to go to Specsavers. Just imagine the fun you’ll have trying to decipher your emails and text messages!

If that doesn’t take your fancy, you can get all these fancy graphs that tells you how much sleep you’re getting, how many steps you’re taking or how many calories you’re eating. Don’t worry, I’m sure Apple won’t be sending any of that info to the government or sharing it with other companies. It’s not like they’ve got a track record of spying on people. Oh Edward Snowden, stop being such a spoilsport!

Or maybe we should stop being zombies of a company whose only interest is to make more money.

Don’t get me wrong, Apple make some pretty useful stuff. In fact, I’m typing this article from my MacBook Pro, and I love it. I’m human and I am also prone to getting enchanted by Apple’s shiny stuff, but I just don’t want to become a zombie to technology.

I’m acutely aware that BBC’s latest reality show ‘I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse’ where the latest 5G technology turns everyone into zombies, is probably closer to reality then than a lot of people realise.

We are becoming completely dependent on being connected to our smartphones all the time, so much so that studies are showing we are becoming more and more disconnected from each other. I’m actually waiting for the time when someone calls them up for what they really have become - dummies for adults!

Since my smartphone had broken a few months ago and my pocket didn’t allow me to buy a new one, I’ve started to be more aware of how scared people are of interacting with each other and how easy all the information you get on a smartphone can be found by just asking someone or looking at a timetable or map.

With studies showing us that young people are becoming emotionally stunted by technology and how children aren’t developing emotionally as they should because they constantly staring at a screen instead of interacting with each other, perhaps it’s time we had a break from these smartphones and begin looking at technology that could benefit us more in the real world.

Look, I’m not saying we shouldn’t have smartphones, or that technology is evil. All I’m suggesting is that perhaps we should start to look at how we can use technology to benefit us, instead of enslaving us.

An example is the Protocycler: this device will allow you to re-use plastic in order to make anything you want with a 3D printer. It could literally be the beginning of the end of globalisation, because it allows people to print their own stuff with reused plastic. Or how about the Flow Hive, a beehive that will allow honey to be extracted without disturbing the bees? Or how about putting your money into a Lifesaver, a water filtering device that will turn disgustingly dirty water into drinkable water and could literally save millions of lives around the world?

At the end of the day, the choice is yours, you decide what kind of world you want to live in. Do you want a world where no one interacts with each other because we’re so consumed by our latest shiny objects to the point where we fall more in love with our devices then each other, a trend that is already happening in Japan? Or do you want a world where technology is used to empower people and give them more freedom? I say it's time to stand up for humanity, stop being a puppet and to start putting our money into things that push us forward instead of turning us into zombies. Are you with me?