Article Title: Late motherhood is on the rise, but as one who knows, it has its downsides
The article explores the effects of technology and its pace of advancement on our lives. Technology has increased the intensity of our interaction with the world, we have an instant and constant access to everything. It affects our time while on work and off it too. Even though our productivity and efficiency has increased with technology, the jobs have not become easier and we still feel overwhelmed. Accelerated technological developments have made it impossible to escape its consequences because it is present in every field.
When our environment accelerates, we must move faster in order to keep up with the pace. Acceleration demands more work and this additional expenditure of energy reduces individuals’ ability to engage in life’s essential activities like family, leisure, community, citizenship, spiritual yearnings and self-development. The author highlights the notion of doing nothing for a while. But, doing nothing is often associated with waste, laziness, lack of ambition etc. Detaching from routine activities and self reflection is essential for personal growth. Doing nothing is essential for creativity and innovation, and a person’s seeming inactivity might actually cultivate new insights. The key is to balance the two.
Words to learn from this Article:
de rigueur: required by etiquette or current fashion
Barrage: an overwhelming number of questions, criticisms, or complaints delivered simultaneously or in rapid succession.
Clamoring: (of a group of people) shout loudly and insistently, make a vehement protest or demand
Nimbly: in a nimble way.
Rationale: a set of reasons or a logical basis for a course of action or belief.
Cognitively: of or relating to cognition; concerned with the act or process of knowing, perceiving, etc.
Yearnings: a feeling of intense longing for something
Sabbatical: a period of paid leave granted to a university teacher or other worker for study or travel, traditionally one year for every seven years worked.
Germinate: come into existence and develop.
Frenetic: fast and energetic in a rather wild and uncontrolled way.
Tenets: a principle or belief, especially one of the main principles of a religion or philosophy.
Extol: praise enthusiastically.
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