By Guillermo Kitchen
The seven deadly sins have been passed down from generation to generation and are held as rules of some sort that all human being should work to get rid of. Envy, sloth, greed, pride, gluttony, wrath, and lust make up the sins and each one represents a different downfall of man.
Fast forward to 2013, where our life is surrounded by technology and societies’ moral compass is a bit unhinged, and it doesn’t take much to learn that there is a lot of these “sins” going on in the technological world that now consumes our daily lives, the internet.
This is sort of a guide to open the eyes of many internet users and show different websites that show these seven deadly sins. With that being said, let’s start going down the list of sins.
Envy is the first of the seven sins and it can be found in Facebook, one of the most popular websites on the internet. For those who are not aware, Facebook is a social domain in which people share photos, talk, and meet. However, it also consists heavily of envy so much so that it oozes out of the user’s monitor.
Envy by definition is desire to have a quality, possession, or other attribute belonging to someone else. Knowing this, it is easy to understand the magnitude of envy that is on Facebook. The many users are constantly complaining about the things they deserve that others have, whether that be object or actual people.
Next up is sloth, which, judging by how well this company is doing, a lot of us commit through the internet. Netflix, although relatively new, has overwhelmed the internet and is among the top visited sites. Sloth is to have the reluctance to work or make an effort. Netflix allows you to stream movies from countless of devices and one can spend hours wasting light watching the many movies it offers.
Like many others, this sin is fairly self-explanatory. Instead of doing something productive, the many users sit around in their sloth-like state watching entire seasons in a matter of days.
Greed is a major sin that, especially in today’s society, is hard to escape. Most of us are guilty of this sin which is to have intense or selfish desire for something, but it is multiplied on the internet.
Through websites such as Amazon, Craigslist, and eBay in particular, our desire for useless material is shown. There are hundreds of transactions every second on useless stuff that we only want for the mere feeling that we deserve it, and because of this, we become greedy.
Up next in the list of sins is pride. This sinful act is defined by a feeling of pleasure from one’s own achievements. When coming up with this list, one website stood out above the rest, which brings us to Twitter.
Twitter, like Facebook, is a social networking website where people go to interact. However, Twitter is more about what the user is currently doing. This is a recipe for pride, as most of the population on Twitter uses the website to brag about their achievements.
Most people will automatically understand this next sin, as we as Americans are constantly given this characteristic. Give up yet? Well, it is gluttony. If you are not familiar with gluttony it is excess in eating or drinking. This sin is a little more general as it cannot be pinpointed to one certain aspect of the internet.
However, a place where it is shown is by food delivery. Plenty of food places such as Dominoes have websites on which a person can virtually order food online. This is where the characteristics of gluttony are shown the most, especially with a vast majority of these websites being unhealthy fast food.
Wrath is the name of the following sin and this one was a bit tricky. Wrath, by definition, is to have extreme anger. With that being said, it was very difficult to find a website that showed this sin. However, I confronted a string of websites that are made for revenge on people who have cheated in their respected relationship. If this doesn’t exhibit wrath, then I don’t know what will.
These websites are cluttered with people talking badly about the person who cheated. Whether they deserve it is out of the question, but what I’m trying to show is that this is an unnecessary amount of anger expressed through the internet.
Last on the list is lust, which to me is a standalone sin that we as humans have to constantly face thanks especially to the media. However, I feel this one is better left to the imagination of the reader as the internet is plagued with this sin.
This concludes all seven of the deadly sins. It is true that different people show different morals, so to some, these sins might not be as big of a deal, and either way simply looking at a person is not a great way to judge them.
However, avoiding these sins do build some good habits and can possibly lead us to living a healthier and wiser life. This is why avoiding some of these websites might not be a bad idea. It might even break a few addictions.