Young Voices

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The internet is taking out television, friends and family time.

Technology taking a toll

Oh no, the series that you have been watching religiously for the past four years just aired a new episode and you missed it! What are you going to do?

Watch it on the internet of course!

I've done it, on more than one occasion and I'm sure lots of other people are doing it as well. But let's face it.

As easy and free as it can be, it's pretty much like downloading music without paying for it.

I know of a few sites that stream television shows and movies, some will even stream films still in theaters.

With the convenience of watching our shows whenever we want online, why watch it on TV or venture out into the world to actually buy a ticket to the new Twilight movie in theaters when you can just stream it on your laptop?

The real question at hand is if the web sites like YouTube are taking over as the new "TV?" If this continues you might as well trade in your 32'' plasma TV for a laptop.

Another way to look at is friends and families go out to movies as a group. It's something fun to do and we use for socializing.

If we stop going to theatres and just watch them on our laptop, we will lose that time well spent with our friends and families.

I don't know how many times I have walked into the TV lounge in my building, wanting to watch the new episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and witnessed four or five girls just sitting on the chairs, TV on, not watching or talking, YouTubing music videos with their headphones on sending messages to each other via instant messenger.

Is that really necessary? Have we all forgotten how to use our lips to talk and not our fingers?

Watching shows and movies with friends and family is some sort of a ritual to some and often a tradition on certain nights.

As convenient as laptops are in case you miss your show, family time should not be taken away by TV shows and movies being put online.