The Problem With Technology: Why We Shouldn’t Depend On It
The Problem With Technology: Why We Shouldn’t Depend On It What are the consequences of our technological addiction? Even if we aren’t hooked to technology, it can have a negative impact on our mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
Technology can give the impression of safety.
Technology can cause anxiety and frustration. Technology can cause us to give up and surrender our personal sovereignty. Technology can cause us to be perpetually connected. This is not an existential crisis. This is an understandable human problem. Technology has become a part of our lives, but there are real limits to what technology can and should do. The question that I would like to discuss with you is how we can use technology responsibly. I believe the answer lies in two parts.” > Recently, I had the chance to have lunch with Carl Richards. The short version of the story is that we had an excellent conversation about his new book, Wisdom 2.0. In that book, Carl shares insights and strategies for living an extraordinary life.
Technology can create a sense of isolation.
It can also increase feelings of loneliness. A recent survey by the Royal Society for Public Health found that ‘a quarter of adults would feel lonely without the internet’, while an investigation into loneliness in Wales showed that 9 in 10 of those surveyed said that technology has made them feel lonelier. Technology can become a distraction. While we are meant to use it to stimulate and enhance our lives, it can also become a distraction from our important real-world tasks and duties. When this happens, it’s easy to become a’silent’ and ‘listening’ consumer in the ‘New’ consumerism of the twenty-first century: to check our email messages, surf our social networks, and check our messages again because, maybe, someone replied to one of them.
Technology can cause you to neglect your health.
For example, you may wake up feeling depressed, annoyed, or angry because of traffic on the way to work. Instead of realizing that it’s not the root cause of your mood, you get a caffeinated coffee to try to mask it. Technology can do that, sometimes without you even realizing it. By just scrolling through your news feed on your phone, or by reading a few tweets, or checking Facebook, or checking Instagram, you’re redirecting your focus from reality to the virtual world. Technology can take your focus off your long-term goals. By being on the go, you’re more likely to be distracted. So, the next time you decide to take up a new hobby like meditation or yoga, you’re not setting your mind on your personal goals but on your addiction to technology. Perhaps it’s time to modify your ways.
Technology can lead to depression and anxiety.
We are always connected, without thinking. Technology and self-sufficiency We are what we are. Have you ever gotten stuck in a rut? Or was this a problem for you in the past? What do you think about social media and technology and how they impact us and our relationships? Read more at http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/technology-phobias-kids-screen-addiction-technology-1.3636008 # 1e73dd12c4d Bret Swanson is a life coach and the author of The Heart of Your Heart, a guide to cultivating a life of abundance. A few days ago, he contacted me and told me that he had written an article about a topic that is very close to my heart, and it seemed like a good idea for me to share it with you today. So the title of this article is The Problem With Technology. What does that mean?
I’m not really a gadget guy. I grew up watching movies on a black-and-white TV. I never had the latest hi-fi system, or a fully wired home. For as long as I remember, I have had an aversion to gadgets of all sorts, gadgets that are the “next big thing.” That said, I am also not ignorant of the impact that gadgets have had on our lives and on society at large. There are very positive developments that technology has brought us, such as the Internet, satellite imaging, the development of email and Internet telephony. There is also the less positive development of social media, which has brought more sad than positive news to people all over the world. There are ways to filter out the bad news, and it will force us to focus on the good news.