It is an early morning in Cape Town, the traffic jam along Landsdwone road one of Khayelitsha’s main feeder roads, stretches for kilometres as (taxis), buses and cars try to make their way into the central district where they can gainaccess to shopping centers, hospitals, municipal and government premises. I am sitting at the back of a taxi from Gugulethu to Khayelitsha and we just drove into Site C when an elderly woman signals the taxi to stop, as she was going to Khayelitsha Mall. Minutes after she got in the taxi her cellphone started ringing with the most annoying ringtone, she answers “hello nguMmacirha lo uthethayo” in venac. On the other side it is a local’s school’s principal calling her to a meeting at school urgently as her daughter was caught yesterday watching a disturbing adult video in class whilst they were attending an English revision class for the final matric exams.
Don’t ask me how I knew this because I was eavesdropping due to that terrible ring tone. Once she had welcomed the invitation, she started talking to the teenager who happened to be sitting next to her about the dangers that came with the technology and the internet, that in their time they did not have the luxury to access the internet and as a result they were not ill disciplined. This brings me to the topic of what are the benefits and disadvantages of technology and internet connectivity in our “society”