by Charlie Ridgewell
Around me right now are at least 6 different pieces of technology: my TV, 2 games consoles, my smartphone, my wireless keyboard I am currently using to write this article and my tablet, currently sat charging. Now that’s a lot of technology, even for me. But in my most urgent times, it might not have been a hug or bar of chocolate I’ve needed, it’s been a slice of escapism into a different world, a music album or a film I’ve craved the most…
From the first telephone call in 1876, to electronic TV’s being sold in America in 1938 and all the way to the original revolutionary iPhone being released on June 29th 2007, turning some of us into “screen zombies” (at least they would be of no threat in the event of an actual apocalypse). Technology is everywhere and is something that has revolutionised our day to day lives for better or worse – for me, it’s the former.
Through my life, facing medical obstacles with no breaks in-between has been all I’ve ever known. I’ve reached the point where I’m just counting down the days till the next diagnosis. Whether it’s that or I’m having a rough day, I’ll dive head first into gaming, bingeing films and putting Coldplay on. Now it’s never been easier for me to “escape”.
Sometimes for me, just the act of talking to my friends online, be that over a headset or through social media, for an hour will make the past dreadful 23 hours disappear from my mind. I might not be even doing anything, I’ll be laying down staring at my ceiling laughing from a bad joke or a mate getting (hilariously) angry at a level he’s been stuck on for hours.
All in all, technology has been a great lifeline for me. Your coping method might be as simple as a cup of tea under a blanket, but for me, it’s been my 6+ pieces of technology that has “My Coping Method” written on them.