Routines in the Age of Technology

11 March 2023 19:37:49 Dibaca : 108

In the era of 5.0, all activities in Indonesia are associated with digital. Reading books is associated with electronic books and applications such as Kindle. Watching movies is associated with the presence of Netflix and We TV. It is rare to watch together in front of the television and scramble for the remote to change television shows when commercials begin. Also, sending messages no longer uses word of mouth but already relies on WhatsApp and other social media. To warn someone, people in the digital age no longer use the power of word of mouth but rather satirize through social media status. The daily routine often begins with checking the phone first. It could be to see incoming WhatsApp messages or WhatsApp stories published by someone.

Furthermore, individuals often open Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for various purposes. Netizens' comments become a daily spectacle, and like and thumbs up on social media also become a validation symbol for a post on social media. It is no longer something new in the era of the presence of technology in everyday life. Without realizing it, these seemingly natural things can foster new problems.First, a person's secret that is kept tightly may become a consumption by the public. When individuals open Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, they are not once or twice presented with information in the form of someone's secrets or known by young people as spilling the tea. Because of the influence of social media, a person who does not have a name as a celebrity became famous because netizens flocked to the name. Netizens uploaded posts about the name until the name became a trending topic on social media. On the other hand, thanks to the power of social media, names like Dilan Cepmak and Fajar Sadboy can be recognized nationally. It shows that social media has two sides. Returning to the owners of social media, what side do they want to use social media?

The second problem is the emergence of buzzer accounts. Not a few buzzer accounts have caused debate in social media. The debate provokes certain religions, ethnicities, and races, thus potentially causing division. On the other hand, not once or twice have netizens said that they like the "commotion" that occurs on social media. Debate after debate, even insults, are no longer something new on social media. In the news titled "I felt disgusted: Inside Indonesia's Fake Twitter account factories," it can be seen that 20 buzzers are moving to support the victory of one of the political figures. Of course, The presence of these buzzers has a bad impact on conversations that occur in cyberspace. The buzzers only type one tweet or one post related to religion, ethnicity, or race, and it will provoke netizens to comment on the tweet or post it. Here is the beginning of the formation of public opinion.

The next problem is the emergence of anonymous accounts. With anonymous accounts, individuals can vent their anger without a filter for the words issued. Anonymous accounts are the ones that humans feel most comfortable commenting on at will. Inevitably, blocks and deletes also occur between two anonymous individuals. The anonymous account will make individuals who are feuding with each other unable to face each other directly and solve it properly through delete and block methods. When the problem has become widespread, again, technology acts as a means to facilitate the "commotion" that occurs among individuals. Individuals can screenshot chats on WhatsApp for clarification, then publish or share those screenshots with others. The individual also seeks to explain from the point of view of the individual through his social media. As a result, an incident like this will impact two things: good or bad. Adverse effects can arise, even having the greatest possibility, because such actions are considered to have destroyed the credibility of the individual interlocutor. Chat is private and is also something easy to screenshot and publish on social media, where people from all over the world can watch the content of the chat.

Routines in the technological era are not only problem-solving for everyday problems. Everything can be done if humans use technology, such as paying using QRIS, doing digital signatures, and doing anything using the help of digital technology. Nevertheless, on the other hand, technology negatively impacts people's social lives. Secrets are no longer something that can be fully protected, even with the presence of a buzzer that has the potential to divide the Indonesian nation and the presence of anonymous accounts that cause interpersonal problems. On the other hand, if technology is used well, it will positively impact humans. Once in a while, we must be reminded that technology was created to facilitate human performance, no longer to complicate and damage relationships between people.


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