Just think what would happen if your computer, iPad, or laptop crashed today. What if you cannot get google to get all the answers of your queries. What if someone took your phone away for some days or perhaps you lost it. If thinking about these incidences make you stressed then you are not alone, today most people are into technology such that losing it will change their lives negatively.
As exciting as it may sound one cannot deny that we are becoming dependent on technology quite fast. This can be proven by the fact that most of us cannot go for a single minute without looking at our phone and fear of battery dying is immense.
Modern Technology has absolute control over our lives. Nowadays we work, shop, play and communicate online. Albert Einstein once said, “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity”. I admit when we talk of technology it is hard to resist the benefits it comes with. Gadgets such as phones and computers have all been created overtimes to make our life easier and efficient, but the drawbacks of technology on our environment, health, behaviour, relationship, education, and society cannot be overlooked.
Some of the negative impact of Technology in our society are waste of time, a threat to human health, isolation, lack of privacy, stress, poor sleep habits, increased bullying, and addiction.
Societies have gone too far in technology dependence that doctors are recommending “technology detox”. According to oxford dictionary technology detox is the period during which an individual avoids using electronic devices including smartphones, computers, gaming devices as a chance to reduce stress and focus on social interconnection. Infect there is a drastic change compared to the early years where kids used to spend a lot of with each other, or parents or just sharing stories. Those evening games are over. Today more than 75% of kids remain indoors with a smartphone or playing video games. Technology has taken all over time.
Most of the time we spend worrying about things such as, is my phone charged enough? Does my computer have enough better for a live event?
So now how to unplug from technology, I think moderation is the key. It is good to embrace new technology, but getting completely dependent on them without overcoming their drawback is harmful. We need to invent and shape technology in a human-friendly way after all humans are supposed to rule over technology and not get ruled by it.
Christian Lous said, “Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master”.