Living in the modern tech age and too dependent on computers, technology and Internet – How far is this true and good?
May 2, 2014
by Ramandeep Kaur
‘Technology dependence’ in psychology parlance is more apt than ‘technology addiction’. Use of technology is so immense that doctors have started recommending to go for ‘technology detox’. Have you heard about this? As per Oxford Dictionary definition of Technology Detox is:
‘A period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.’
To understand the intensity of technology dependency, ask yourself (if you use Internet, computer or any such technology) or your friend to spend a day without his or her gadget. Response will be yes I can, just like any other addicted person would give if confronted with the same question. But in reality, one cannot spend even an hour if mobile phone is switched off, or Internet is down, or computer is hanged. Hence today’s world is dependent upon computer, technology and Internet.
There is no denial, cell phones, laptops and other personal electronic gadgets help us to connect with our family and friends instantly. Working parents in today’s busy lives manage everything so easily with the use of information and communication technology (ICT). But certainly these devices are negatively influencing our relationships. A family sitting together has often been seen using individual cell phones or laptops etc.
Technology is changing at the speed of light. After every few months or so old product is replaced by its new version which is claimed to be faster and smarter. Think of a day at office without Internet connection. Though you will be happy for sure and wander here and there without work but ask your boss. Imagine a day without cell phone in your hand or television at your home. Actually these have become an indispensible part of our lives that we cannot imagine such things.
There is a drastic difference in your and your kids’ life, which is just a one generation apart. Those evening games after school, watching cartoons or movies just on Sundays, socializing with friends are no longer a part of life. More than 75% kids play indoor games on computers or smart phones or other such personal electronic devices and watch TV. Technology has given us a choice. A child is free to play games outside but he or she now has a choice to play games on electronic gadgets. Build an atmosphere of motivation and see a change in your kid. Force him or her to play out door games. But as far as office work is concerned or a training that needs the use of technology then of course we are totally dependent upon computers and technology.
We live in modern tech age of information which is dependent upon technology. It has made our life easier. But young generation can be called addicted or completely dependent upon technology. They use all their free life surfing net for entertainment or information.
An article was published in a 2010 New York Times stating that technology is shaping our personalities. According to some experts excessive use of technology make us impatient, impulsive and selfish.
Definitely technology and computer has made work easier which can be done from anywhere at any time but this is also a negative aspect of work. You do not know when your working hours start and when these end. A 2010 study made it clear that use of ICT including computer, email, Internet and cell phones has made work lot more easier but at the same time our lives have become more stressful as workload and pace of work has increased.
A survey was conducted on 12,000 adults from Brazil, India, China, France, Indonesia, the US, Japan and Italy. 61% millenials (whose age is between 18-24 years) think that technology is converting people to less human. 59% feel that society is now dependent upon technology and 36% want technology to become more intuitive.
Experts believe that technology has entered into every realm of life. Even many operations and other such crucial tasks are carried out with the help of computers or just by robots. There are computer driven planes, security apps and devices for women, and at the same time technology fulfill the social needs of human by providing social sites and hundreds of connections.
But certainly we are addicted to the computers, Internet and technology. Gadgets have become an integral part of our lives. But excess of everything is bad and this is applicable to this situation as well. We must give ourselves a break from all the gadgets at least once in a week or so. Can you do this? If not then you are completely dependent upon technology.
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Just think, what would happen if your computer, iPad, or laptop crashed today? What if someone took away your phone for some days or perhaps you lost it? If thinking about these incidences makes you stressed, you are not alone. Today, most people are into technology such that losing it would alter their life negatively.
As exciting as it may sound, I can’t deny that we are becoming dependent on technology quite fast. This can be proved by the fact that most of us cannot go for a minute without looking at our phones and the fear of the battery dying is immense. But, do we need it? I can admit that when we talk of technology, it’s hard to resist the benefits it comes with.
Well, society may have gone too far in technology dependence such that it has become so immense that doctors have recommended for “technology detox.” Perhaps you may have heard of it. If not, according to Oxford Dictionary, Technology Detox is a period during which an individual avoids using any electronic devices including computers, smartphones etc as a chance to reduce stress and focus on social interaction in the outside world.
Technology is changing quite faster. After few months, we have an old product replaced by a new version which is even faster and smarter. For those who work in an office, think of a day without internet connection. For the employees, this may be a good time to wander around because there are no new tasks, but ask your boss the stress that comes with this. At home, think of a weekend with no television and cell phone. Actually, these items have become a part of our lives that is indispensable and there is no chance of lacking or losing them.
In fact there is drastic change compared to the early years where kids used to spend a lot time with each other or parents playing or just sharing stories. Those evening games after school is over, watching cartoons on a Sunday or playing with friends are no longer there. Today, more than 75% of kids remain indoors playing computer games or with a smartphone. Technology has taken all our time.
Well, this may get the better part of you of how technology has taken the better part of our society, but here are some signs that our generation depends too much on technology.
If the Internet connection is down, we call it a day.
If you happen to work in offices you may be familiar with this trend. If the internet is down, all the tasks are over for the day. No more no less. Anyway, it’s true, how can work continue if it’s hard to send an email to a colleague or customer? This is common in almost all offices.
You feel stripped with no phone
This is the most sensitive of them all when it comes to technology. Technology addiction is on another levelwith people always checking their text messages and emails every 30 to 40 minutes. The amount of concentration put to these devices something to worry about especially when it comes to dealing with issues in the family.
People do not live in the moment.
Most of the time we spend worrying about issues such as, is my phone charged enough? Does my camcorder have enough charge to record the live event in an event? If one of them is missing, you try as much as possible to search for it no matter what. The result is that you fail to capture and experience the moment since you are busy worried about other things.
Well, the choice remains in our hands. We must agree that the society is being carried away by the increased inventions being introduced in our lives today. The balance we need is to appreciate technology since it has its benefits, but also have the discipline to turn it off when need be to experience life in reality.