For once, we should wonder and be surprised how our spending habits have changed. To buy a thing of few hundreds of thousands for home or #office, we would think many times, do research. We would also discourage children or youngsters of the family and suggest not to spend money now and then. But when it comes to #mobiles, we would not hesitate to spend a big sum every few months! Then, we would also use those dearly #gadgets carelessly and that results in breakage and loss and damage. That gives us a reason to get rid of one mobile phone and jump to another one.
Then, we get lured by catchy ads of mobile companies, without even realising whether we need one or many features, or is it really necessary to be a #smotographer and spend unnecessarily on #camera-centric smart phone or not. And then, God only knows how many people really know usage or need of so many applications or #apps loaded in their hand-buddy. What's more, #Android keeps on releasing new version of itself now and then and we feel like, "Oh, another version of Android? Means my Android version has become outdated. Why? No answer here.
In the world where materialism is ruling over everything else, it looks very shocking and stupid that we are spending an unbelievable money on gadgets, connectivity, style and show-offs. Consider this:
How much you spend on just mobile and connectivity every month?: The answer could be found depending on few aspects. One is, how costly smart phone you use, and change it at what intervals. For example, you use a mid-range smartphone of Rs. 18,000, you are still not with #JIO or, you still have your primary number with @Airtel, @Vodafone, @Idea, @RelianceMobile or any such company and you are spending at least Rs. 600 a month, either as a prepaid or as a postpaid subscriber. So, your monthly expense to be connected comes to around Rs. Rs. 2,100. And if you are a family of four, then your family is spending say Rs. 8,400 on handsets and call charges alone. That means your family is spending Rs. 1,08,000 per year on these two things. And in case you are like all those crazy people who now need more than one mobile number, this amount could go higher!
Now, just understand that several people or family are not spending this kind of money on even fruits today! Maybe they are equally freak about soft drinks (which again is as useless as it should be) or junk foods, but not on healthy, nutritious food or things. We fight with street vendors, thelawala, but we hardly think twice while spending thousands of a smart phone! Really strange!
Well, the intention of writing this was to suggest that we all could live a better life, with lesser unnecessary spending. In turn, we would also spend time for ourselves, our families and, either follow our existing good habits or pursue new ones.
Consider this as well:
We all have become avid readers now, thanks to junk messages dumped in our #WhatsApp and similar apps. But does that reading really make any sense?
We all live with smartphones, television and gadgets more than we live with our self or with our family.
We all get distracted now and then due to notifications and rings and alerts and more. Mankind has probably not seen such a kind before, neither during pre-industrialisation era, not even after radio and television and basic telephones were in our lives.
The think is, we hardly are able to live with ourselves, at peace and concentration.
Even after that, we are spending recklessly!
Seems we all need to do something very seriously about changing this!
(This blog is written by Sanjay V Shah, CEO of Mangrol Multimedia and a renowned journalist-playwright)
- Sanjay V Shah
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