Even though blogs are on the rise since 1999, blog culture in Qatar is still at its earliest stage as only a handful of locals use this method to communicate their thoughts. To learn about blogs and how to blog, let’s answer some basic questions.
Hello, my name is Kummam and I’m a phone addict and I’m in need of a Digital Detox!
Yes, that’s true, phones and other devices are becoming so involved in our lives that sometimes we let them control us rather than us controlling them. Don’t take me wrong, technology is amazing and very helpful, but too much of a good thing always lead to negative effect. It’s like food! Food is delicious and fun, but if we eat too much, we get sick.
With technology, we don’t precisely get sick in the same way, but it does affect our lives and it’s already changing our habits. For example, how many times have we heard the phrases: “Will you leave your phone and listen to me?” and “Can you all stop taking photos so we can start eating?” This shows how sometimes we forget to enjoy the moment in life and the company of our friends and family and get sucked into the attraction of the virtual life.
The economy of mankind has developed from a simple Barter system, the use of gold and silver coins to the banknote and paper money stashed in maximum security vaults. The process took thousands and hundreds of years and now as we’re developing, very rapidly if I may say, into a digital world, we are faced with the novel notion of virtual coins and the rise of Bitcoins.
Bitcoin was first introduced in a research paper written by an unknown person with the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. It was adopted as an open source software in 2009. It’s basically a software system for online peer-to-peer payment with an electronic currency that is called Bitcoin and all payments are recorded in a public ledger (Block Chain). It allows for direct anonymous transactions between two parties without a bank or any financial institution.
We leave a print on the environment every day as we move through life. However it’s not only us as humans who affect the environment, no, we own things. We own cars, home appliances and these days, lots and lots of electronic devices. I have two smartphones, a tablet, a laptop and a TV, and that’s not counting what I have in the office. It’s a lot of devices, isn’t it?
According to Qatar’s 2014 ICT Landscape report: “92% of the mainstream population has a smartphone in their household. High penetration of smartphones is coupled with equally high ownership of laptops—96% of the mainstream population has a laptop at home.”
Clearly, social media plays an essential role in our lives. We post updates about the activities we participate in, interests we have, and important life events like starting a new job or graduating or marriage. Just the other day I was invited to a friend’s engagement party through Facebook. But is shopping among the many tasks we carry out through social media?