How does an excessive use of social media affect the attention span of an adolescent? Does increasing the amount of time a person has on social media reduce their attention span?
The Matrix, Plato, and Descartes are all controlled by different means. Neo is controlled by the computer system, Plato’s cave by the mankind and Descartes by his perceptions of evil demons. These three have multiple similarities as well as differences. They all question the reality in which they are currently living, whether it’s real or controlled by someone else. They all wanted to leave what they believed was reality and follow their senses which seemed to be the true reality. The Matrix has different realities in a time frame of 2 hours. Neo( the main character) was a software engineer (Thomas Anderson), but he sensed that there was an alternate reality about which he was completely unaware. Morpheus (the computer simulation head) has known about Neo and wants to bring him to his world as he thinks “Neo is the one”. He offers Neo two pills, a blue one which would allow him to continue living his life, ignorant of the truth and a blue one which would reveal the truth to him and allow him to not be deceived further. Neo goes into this false reality(computer simulation) without believing he is the chosen one only to be surprised by how he was “the one” and that was where he belonged. His doubt about dodging bullets came into reality in the last scene. Instead of just dodging them, he could just stop them mid way and wins against the agents who were the rivals and wanted to end their world. Plato’s “allegory of the cave,” tells about how a man is trapped in the cave and the only reality that exists for him is the shadow that he can see because of the fire and statues. Both characters, i.e., Neo and prisoners of the cave have been presented with their current reality by birth and they have only learned to live in that. They think that cave is the real world and continue to live in it, just like we think our world is the reality because we see and live through it. Whereas Neo is chained to a massive wall where machines use his body heat to power themselves, the prisoners are chained in a virtual state where they are mentally bound, giving them a false hope of being free. Both characters are like slaves, one is helpless and is taken to a different world, the prisoners are imprisoned and they have accepted that as a reality. Morpheus even tells Neo, “ You are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage. Born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind”. The difference between Neo and prisoners is that men are set free by the people controlling them and when they see the real reality they are surprised and take time to adjust to it. Neo himself begins to question his own reality without even knowing there was an alternate reality. He chooses the true reality and ret>