Hey lovely’s! Today’s post is a little different than my most recent post, as you can tell by the title I’m going to be talking about technology and whether it is helping or hurting us. Before I get started with the post I just want to apologize for being absent, my wifi hasn’t been working great hence the topic of today’s post. Basically I went around the internet reading a bunch of articles and well as dug into my brain to draw a conclusion on whether technology really helps or hurts us, us being humans.
When we hear the word technology we usually think of things like cell phones, laptops, and tablets. However, we neglect to realize that technology has been around way before the invention of cell phones. If you have look up the technical definition of technology you will see that what technology actually is “the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry”. What does this have to do with whether it helps or hurt us? Well, to understand the impact of technology on our world we must first understand what technology actually is and how it works.
Technology is everywhere and sometimes we don’t even realize it. Those glasses, yep, their a piece of technology because they were created using science for a practical purpose. Your contacts, those too are technology. That fork, you guessed it, technology. It seems like there is so much technology around us and that’s because there is, many of the things we use in our daily lives are made with or are technology. Even the springs in your mattress are technically considered as technology. So does all of this technology hurt or help us? Continue reading to find out.
An article by everyday health talks about eight different ways technology may be hurting us. One of the examples being that active use of technology can result in RPI or Repetitive Strain Injury. RPI is pain felt in muscles, nerves, and tendons caused by repetitive moment and overuse. All that time you spend double tapping that Instagram post could leave you with a hurt thumb, wrist or hand. With this injury you won’t even have a cool story to tell.
Another article by Computer World talks about social media addiction, because it is a real thing. The article talked about FOMO, otherwise known as the fear of missing out and how it relates to this addiction saying that,
“The addictive aspect of social networking is associated with FOMO — fear of missing out. Everyone is on Facebook. They’re posting things, sharing news and content and talking to each other 24/7.”
Based on my own opinion I’ve come to realize that social media can lead to depression, anxiety, and self-esteem issues. There are so many cases of teen suicides because they were so ashamed that they didn’t get a certain amount of likes on their new picture or because people we’re using social media to cyber bully them. People, especially teens, have become so wrapped up in what others think on social media that we start to confuse the line between what happens on the internet and what happens in real life and start to believe that the number of likes determines our worth or beauty.
The last article is by Life Hangout and talks about three major reasons why technology helps us. The first reason being that it connects us with people, Skype and FaceTime are great ways for us to stay in contact with our loved ones when we don’t live close enough to just drive over to their house. The second reasons was that technology conserves energy and produces more goods. Again, this one is so true because we live in a supply and demand world and the supply needs to meet the demand and that wouldn’t happen if it weren’t for machines being to make these products ten times faster than any human could. The third and final reason is the technology saves lives, there have been great medical advances from the era of no technology to now, including vaccinations to help prevent diseases and even the simple act of calling 9-1-1.
Can we live without technology? For thousands of years before the invention of technology humans were able to survive. However, there is a fine line between living and surviving. To be honest, in the world of technology and smartphones that we’re living in now I don’t think many of us could or would survive. Over time we would start to get accustomed to our new world without technology and eventually we wouldn’t even remember it at all. So yes, in the end we could survive without technology.
In conclusion, technology is a beautiful and wonderful thing and it definitely helps us, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt us. The amount that it makes a negative impact on us is determined by ourselves because we can decide to put our phone down and go sit out side or go meet up with your friend instead of face timing. Things like Skype will never be able to replace human interaction but in the meantime, enjoy the time with your friends until you can visit them in person. We often neglect technology that we don’t actually see but it takes technology to make that smartphone and to make that TV so appreciate the technology behind the tech. Overall I think that technology helps us, but it definitely has the power to hurt us.
Thanks so much for checking out this post I hope you enjoyed. It took me two hours to write but I really loved doing the research, I know I’m a nerd but it’s okay to be smart. Take advantage of the technology by liking this post and hitting that follow button. Also, go follow me on social media before sitting outside for an hour. Links down below. Bye! ❤