In this day and age, people are addicted to technology. I can't put down my iPod. I need the music to soothe me. I need the wifi, I need to be connected to my Facebook friends, to my twitter followers, to this website. An overwhelming majority of people are the same way. People can't let go of their cell phones, their tablets, their iPods. Technology is a new obsession that we can't shake off. We're too far in.
Not even ten years ago, the world was a much different place. Kids climbed trees, built forts in the forests. My, how the world has changed.
Today, Parks Canada announced that Canada's National Parks would be getting WIFI HOTSPOTS. Yes, wifi in the wilderness. People go to these national parks to get AWAY from the stresses of work and technology. Good ol' fashioned tents and bonfires. Now, that's in jeopardy. Of course, many people can opt to not bring their cell phones or tablets or computers, but with the wifi hotspots coming to a park near you, the great outdoors won't be so great anymore. The hotspots, they're going to tempt people.
If I wave your favorite fatty food in your face, you'll eat it, even if you want to lose weight. Why? Because it's right in your face. Same with the wifi hotspots. Technology has invaded the last truly peaceful place people can go to be away from it.
Parks Canada made a very troubling choice. They chose to create distractions, people will be paying more attention to Facebook than to Canada's majestic landscapes. Disgusting.
About The Author
Matthew Frank Kot was born and raised here in Sault Ste Marie. He first starting writing articles for Soonews.ca in early 2008, becoming the city's youngest columnist and journalist. He then went on to write for Local2, and for a short time had his "MATTer of Opinion" column on SaultOnline.com. Matthew was very involved in the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections and wrote several opinion pieces about important issues. In 2011, Matthew started Sault Transit Reform and has continued advocating for a better transit system since then.