Is missing life down to technology?

Yes, technology has many bonuses to the world we live in today and the way in which we can communicate and share our ideas, technology is both the largest growing source of information and entertainment in the world. When should it be brought to our attention that technology also has detrimental effects on our well-being.

Do you find yourself constantly checking your phone, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Do you find that lately your phone battery hits 10% and its only 11am so you are constantly lugging around chargers for your device. Im not going to lie, I’m a person who’s battery will be at 10% by 9am. A person who lives through the phone, as well as constantly being anxious when someone holds your phone, even though you have nothing to hide. A girl who has argued on many occasions when the phone is taken off me for the night as punishment.

But what are we missing? Thats the real question. We seem to have a bigger social life on the internet than we do in reality. We seem to shy away from confrontation, and revert back to our mobile phones as if they are comfort blankets, instead of talking and experiencing everything through more than just a screen. What happened to experiencing everything for ourselves? Simply googling images of ‘Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles’ instead of walking up that damn hill yourself and being hit with the overpowering view? Yes, I was complaining all the way up the hill, and had to be dragged a good half of the way, but i will never forget that experience. Those are the experiences you with never get through a phone.

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles. By Jade Hall

How many of you have seen younger kids, more equipped with the functionality of technology than you have ever been? 5 year olds tuned out, tapping furiously on iPads, or other devices. Technology is being blamed for many drastic things within society today, with a substantial increase in behavioural disorders, for example ADHD. A article named ‘A nation of kids with gadgets and ADHD’ by Margaret Rock. Looks at the way in which a rise in ADHD ran almost parallel to the rise in mobile devices. Behavioural psychiatrists have analysed research which indicate that a child’s brain works differently when on devices than when working at school. Through these, characteristics of hyperactivity are shown, their ‘brains work harder to focus on one activity alone while controlling their impulses’ and once put in a school situation, fail to focus on tasks thus stereotyped ‘hyperactive’.

Can technology really be blamed more for the negative effects on an individuals wellbeing than for the usefulness and resourcefulness which continues to grow around the world?

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