I must say that after much observation and contemplation, I found myself actually agreeing with everything that she has said. Don't tell me that nobody has noticed that the rise in obesity in our country all stems from the fact that we all spend way too much time in the sitting position. It seems that everything can be done from a sitting position these days. All because technology has made it possible. That is why I tend to believe Ellen when she says : Everyone talks about how advancements in technology will change the way we live forever. Frankly. I think modern technology is hurting us. I really do. Think about it. Before the invention of the remote control, we all had to at least get up from our cushy seats in order to change the television channel, turn the volume up or down, and just get that dang picture to come in clearly through that adjustable antenna. These days, that is all done by a push of a button and the only body part that sees any action while watching TV tends to be the hand that happens to be holding the remote. Let's not forget that the favorite place of any person in the house these days is the TV room, or any area where the TV set just happens to always be on. Our TV addiction has gotten to the point that we watch TV even while we sleep. I know that my mother does not often make it to her bed to get some shut eye anymore. Not since these recliner chairs have made it possible to sleep in front of the TV set with the remote falling out of one hand. I mean seriously?
Most people can't even make the short trek to bed these days? I don't believe that sleeping in that recliner can give anybody the same quality of sleep as when one is plunked down in bed with the comfy covers pulled up. Ellen also talks about how technology has managed to invade our walking space because of the “moving sidewalk”. Now, that used to be limited to just the airports to get people to their terminal gates faster. These days, walking has become an option for some people as well. Nope, we don't have moving sidewalks installed in public streets. But we do have the Segway to do our walking on the sidewalks for us. Instead of learning to put one foot in front of the other in order to move forward, the Segway users have instead learned to change the center of gravity in their bodies so that they can lean forward, left, and right in the contraption without keeling over and falling out while they “move” along the sidewalk at a pace slightly faster than a regular walk. People, do you seriously want to develop Deep Vein Thrombosis? I am sure the inventors of the Segway did not envision that their machine would be the cause of blood clots in the people's legs. Our blood has to keep circulating somehow right? Walking used to be the best way to do that. However, technology has made sure that even walking will eventually become a forgotten form of free transport that was good for the health of mankind. Technology truly seems to be detrimental to our health. People have become so adverse to anything that can be deemed as exercise that gadgets had to be invented to lure people into doing any sort of physical activity. Hence the advent of the motion sensor video game consoles. The idea behind the machine, is that it will get people to move in ways they