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As soon as I cross the threshold of my house after a usually hectic day at work, I am greeted by my loving husband, my adorable son, and the after- effects of an indoor tornado. It is a normal activity for me to play hopscotch around the house before I can make it to my bedroom. One day it is a soiled diaper, or a LEGO toy, or a rattler, I step into something new every single day. But I come home so drained out that I have to give myself an encouraging sleep to clean up the mess left behind my nanny. The nanny has made it very clear that she will only take care of my son and not his belongings. This may sound reasonable in theory but practically, it is your domestic help’s way of getting back to you. As she particularly only looks after my son, she does not take responsibility for the mess that is created in the process. The diapers will be right where they were dropped, the empty bowl of baby food will be by his bedside, the toys will be poking our feet from time to time, and the worst part is that the baby is residing in all this mess.
Whenever I discuss this issue with my husband, he very coolly says that if you have such a huge problem with the nanny then do it yourself. But in order to do it myself, I have to give up my job and my professional dreams. Well at the end of the day, I am a selfish human. It’s not just about the money but the power and confidence I get from my job. Giving up all of that doesn’t seem
so appealing to me. But at the same time, I also want an efficient nanny who can look after my child and his things well. My colleague told me that the people of Japan are coming up with a new kind of robot. It’s called the Robot Nanny. This term instantly rang a bell and got me all excited. I thought that finally I will have a permanent solution to my babysitting woes. But then my conscience woke up and I felt guilty about it. If I appoint a Robot Nanny for my son, does that make me a bad mom?
Firstly, I would like to clarify your personal doubts. In the case of your child, you have already decided what you want to do but you want someone’s approval so that you don’t feel bad about it. So here it goes. Getting a Robot Nanny does not mean that you are running away from your child’s responsibility. It just means that a human nanny may not be as efficient as a robotic one. Therefore you need not feel bad about it; instead you might find a nanny which will take care of your kid better.
Now let’s come to the technical aspect. here I will discuss the Robot Nanny which not only looks after your child, but also keeps him entertained. It is a common complaint by the children of working parents that they get bored alone at home all day as their nannies aren’t interested in playing with them and have nothing to do. This is where the ipal comes in handy. ipal is a child-sized babysitter robot which is designed in such a manner that the child can instantly connect to it. It stands 90 centimeters tall and has big eyes with a tablet on his chest. Even though it might look like a kid, it is fully equipped to handle all kinds of adult responsibilities. The
founder of this robot Jiping wang claims that ipal can easily keep kids occupied for a couple of hours. It can handle three to eight-year-old children without the need of any kind of adult supervision. This works well for those kids who come back from school and their parents arrive from work in a few hours. In the meanwhile, ipal interacts with the child in a language that seems natural and easy to comprehend. There is an ongoing debate which talks about the adverse effects of machinery on the upbringing of a child. But ipal claims that it is different from the cold-unfeeling mechanical robots. It is also a great educational tool for the children along with being a companion. It takes special care when the child is low and joins him in his happiness. with such compassion and the efficiency of technology, ipal is a great solution to your ‘babysitting woes’.
I have recently moved out of my parents’ home to pursue my college education in another city. Being in a new city that too all by yourself is an exciting experience which I plan to cherish thoroughly. As I don’t know too many people around and am trying to make new friends over time, I signed up on a popular dating app to get rid of my boredom. I have never been on a dating app before therefore it’s a novel experience for me. I have had a healthy dating life but I never went on blind dates or anything close. The people I dated were the ones whom I knew well over time and trusted to a certain extent. But being on a dating app is a step further than blind dates. In a blind date, you have a mediator who can jump in to help if something goes wrong. On a dating app, the person is an absolutely stranger. You never know if he is a rapist or a transgender or simply a clingy guy.
I came in contact with a number of cute guys with a
hint of smartness through this app but never actually went on a date with them. We flirted for a few days and as soon as he would ask me out, I would make excuses and that would be the end of the conversation. This is because there is a slight sense of remorse in me whenever I am swiping through people in the app. I feel like being on this dating app is against my ethics. I want to go on a date but I don’t so that I don’t feel guilty later on. It is really unethical to use a dating app?
You are not the first person who experiences guilt or feels unethical by being on a dating app. It is not about your or any other person, this is the perception of the society we are living in which is affecting our thinking. You need to understand that dating through an app is ethical or unethical depends on your own personal mentality. You are a grownup who can make her own decisions and must have her space. Therefore it is ethical or unethical only if you believe so. Anyone else’s judgment must not matter to you. Thinking about the rest of the world will serve as a hindrance all your life whenever you will have to take a decision. So just do what you want to do.
If you keep avoiding dates and pass your time by flirting with cute guys, you will gradually run out of people to talk to. This is because it is a ‘dating’ app and hence at the end
of the day, nobody will like to take the conversation forward if you refuse to meet. Thus I personally believe that you must strike a conversation with someone only if you are interested in taking things forward. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of dating through such an app, then there’s no point of browsing through it as it will only waste your and the other person’s time.
People usually use a dating app to meet other anonymous people who may be living on the next street or studying in the same college as you do. It is full of surprises which may be pleasant or unpleasant. If you consider dating through such an app, always make sure you are cautious. Your concerns about your safety are absolutely justified. Tell your roommate about the guy you are meeting and where will you meet him. This is so that in case you get into trouble; your friend can come looking for you. It is important to have the skill of distinguishing between good and bad people on a dating app. Take proper precautions before meeting a stranger and if you sense that something is not right, confidently walk out on him. Nothing is more important than your safety.
Being an avid user of social networks like many other people, I have a query about them which does not affect me as a user but I am just plain curious. We start using a particular social media network only when it has a large user base. But how does it grow to that level from a mere startup? People would only join that network if it has a number of their friends or family members. Then how does a social media network convince the initial users to sign up for it?
I would like to appreciate your inquisitive nature which forced you to think from such an angle. It is human mentality to use something but we hardly think about how the whole process took place before it reached us. here let’s treat social media as one such commodity. we started using it once it got popular and all our peers joined it but we never thought about how it got to the level it right now is at. Technically speaking, any such startup needs a certain mass of signed up users who can convince their peers to interact with them through this medium. But then the problem arises about how to find such people. Therefore whenever such a startup is planned, the founder decides to target people of a particular demography or with common interests who will willingly join as initial users. For example, in the case of Facebook, Mark zuckerberg kept this network exclusively available to his college mates
and once it got famous there, then it opened it up to other users as well. he used his college mates as that critical mass who would serve as a source of interaction for the new users. If this is not the case, then people will keep uninstalling the app if they have nobody to interact with. The whole purpose behind a social network is to provide a medium of human interaction.
It will not be wrong to say that no social media app can develop or even sustain its progress without the contribution of its users. when the trend of social media was a new concept, the startup had to request people to sing up as users. This is not as easy as it sounds as why would someone waste time on a social media app if he has nobody to interact with. But now such networks are promoted through other contemporary networks. They have a tie up with a particular network through which people can know about the app more which will intrigue users to sign up for it. But if a company has abundant funds and does not want to go through such a procedure, what is simply done is that an existing social media network is purchased.
Any social media network owes its profit as well as progress solely to its users as they attain advertisements on the basis of the number of people using the app on a regular basis. This makes it crucial for the company to keep the users happy and satisfied. For this, makers come up with unique features at regular intervals of time so that the user does not get bored. After all, the company can afford to pay their staff all thanks to the involvement of the users.