Technology has made life easier for humans. Things that we couldn’t possibly do ten years ago are now possible. However, more people are discovering that technology does have its drawbacks. People have become addicted to technology in numbers that haven’t been seen before now. It is not a question of why this is happening. It’s not even a question of how we can make peace with technology. It is a mindset that people need to adapt in order to utilize technology effectively.
The Push Back
It is important to note here that there has been a slight push back from the all-consuming technological thrust that society has pressed on its citizens. This push back has resulted in many looking around them and noticing that they really have lost some abilities to technology. The older generation notices this because they remember when they had the freedom to go incognito and still be able to survive comfortably. Technology does have some benefits and drawbacks. To better understand how to make technology healthier for humans, we must first understand the effects technology has on humans.
Technology: The Gift That Keeps Giving
There are so many things that can be done utilizing modern technology. The beauty of having information at your fingertips is probably the most addictive and necessary tools we now possess in abundance. Everything from your personal medical information to what you ate for dinner last night is free for the taking with the click of a button.
Technology has given us the ability to save lives that wouldn’t have been saved at an earlier time in history. It also allows us access to material goods worldwide. We can easily share what we ate last night and compare recipes. We can learn languages, visit exotic places and talk to friends that we haven’t seen in years.
Technology’s Addiction And Traps
The problem as many are now discovering is that technology is taking over all aspects of our lives. You can’t go into a restaurant without encountering the insidious presence of technology. This comes in the form of disallowing customers to use cash to purchase food. Instead, customers have to use credit or debit cards. Some transportation agencies are also getting into the act by making their customers purchase cards for travel. It was some last minute complaints that stopped them from making the cards the sole means to pay for travel.
It is the increasing acceptance of electronic payment that is fueling the technological addictions. It is the ease of online shopping that has deteriorated the brick and mortar stores. Some are trying to fight back against the technological tide. They are realizing like everything else that too much technology creates traps. Internet addiction is real.
The traps spring when a person slowly realizes that he/she has lost control. The overwhelming stimuli that all of us are bombarded with on a daily basis can break us. Is There A Solution? Yes. Moderation is the key.