You need to do two things right now. Firstly, stop everything you are doing and just listen; just stop and listen. What can you hear? You might be able to hear music. You might not hear anything but a small and very faint whirring sound from the lights above you.
Now take a look around at you. What can you see? If you’re sat at work right now, you will probably see a few computers, some stationary, some files; a radio even. If you’re sat at home, you will probably see some furniture such as a sofa, a television set, a telephone.
By now you’re probably quite confused (and quite bored) of doing these activities so are wondering what is going on. The point is to take in the amount of electrical technology that is around you purely to make your life easier. The likelihood is that no matter where you look or where you are, directly in front of you will be some sort of electrical appliance that was built with you in mind. In fact, if you are reading these now, you will be staring straight at an electrical appliance built for your convenience; you might even have another electrical appliance in your hand in the form of a mouse and mobile telephone in your pocket. Technology is essentially taking over your life and there is very little you can do but to embrace it.
A good, topical example of what life would be like without electricity is what has happened recently with Hurricane Sandy in the USA. At the time of writing, Manhattan is estimated to be without electricity for up to a week.
A WEEK WITHOUT ELECTRICITY; imagine that!
To go a week without electricity and the appliances which depend on electricity would impact every single segment of our lives. Are you an electric toothbrush user? Not anymore, back to manual for you. But how will you brush your teeth if your bathroom has no natural light source? Teeth brushing by candlelight, how romantic. And what about cooking food? No oven or microwave for you; a life living off of Pop Tarts doesn’t sound too convincing either.
You’re working life would be severely affected too (almost to the point that there would be no point in going to work). Need to send a quick email? Nope, not anymore. Want to make a quick cup of tea? Nope, you can’t.
Now take a look around you again. Look at all of the electrical appliances around you and give them a quick thank you; you need them more than you think.
This guest blog was written by Ian Keirn, a research developer on electrical chipboards in modern household appliances www.trizo.com