Speeding Humanity

The Speed of NowGlobal Beat

I have always wanted to go to a boarding school. Harry Potter, Malory Towers, and even my friends painted this rosy picture: months away from mom and dad's nagging, good-ish food, midnight parties, loads of laughing with dormmates . . . it sounded like heaven.

It's no wonder then that when my parents told me I had been admitted to Rishi Valley School, I was overjoyed. The countdown started and, barely soon enough, I started school.

A week into the term, I began missing not my parents, but the comfort of technology.

Two months in, our conversations often drifted to talking about how we wanted to check our social media and access our phones. I don't remember ever feeling so relieved as I did when my parents brought my phone when they came to visit.

But vacations were a different story - I got bored with my phone, and I started reading real books, not just on my Kindle.

Thinking about all of this now, ironically typing on my phone, I realize that maybe we've moved too fast. Social media, originally a bid to bring people together, has pushed us apart. Maybe the reason I have such strong friendships at school is because we can't talk to each other any other way than physically.

Our community has advanced rapidly: every day's newspaper is full of developments that make our life simpler still. Or is everything just getting more complicated?

I look outside the car's window now and see a policeman ask a car to pull over for speeding. Why does he bother? Speeding leads to less reaction time, and that to accidents. Maybe humanity is speeding . . .

Raavee Tripathi is an eighth grader at Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India. She enjoys dancing, reading dystopian books, debating, playing sports, and just surfing the internet. Her ambitions do change, but her current goal seems to be re-reading the Harry Potter series for the 15th time.