Our digital greediness and the brands and providers that serve it are driving a culture of digital consumption that is overwhelming and unsustainable – and ultimately destructive.
This is the year of Big promises, Progress is a wonderful thing. The inexorable march of online living, technology and the sprawling social networks that have come with it, have propelled those who can afford it into a 21st century filled with an endless stream of content for the demanding digital citizen. But there is a danger in this “bad into good” model. I believe it can disguise a far more insidious malaise. We are, in digital terms, becoming morbidly obese and businesses and brands asserting their digital persona will only make the condition worse. Our digital greediness and the brands and providers that serve it are driving a culture of digital consumption that is overwhelming and unsustainable – and ultimately destructive.
The impact of technology on our social, mental, physical and environmental health is devastating if we don’t keep ourselves in check. There’s no denying the benefits we have gained from technological advancements, but as with all things in life moderation is key. Being aware of the harmful aspects of the overuse of electronics will help you avoid any unnecessary pitfalls. We have also compiled a list of reading material that delves deeper into this relatively new area of study.
Here are few negative effects technology can have:
- Isolation: Social isolation is characterized by a lack of contact with other people in normal daily living, such as, the workplace, with friends and in social activities. We isolate ourselves by walking around in our own little world, listening to our iPod or staring at the screen of the latest mobile device even when we are around other people. Studies have shown that people who are socially isolated will live shorter lives.
- Lack of Social Skills: The use of on-line social media outlets causes us to meet face-to-face with much less frequency resulting in a lack of much-needed social skills. We lose the ability to read body language and social cues in other people.
- Obesity: The more time people are spending engrossed in video games, talking to friends on-line and watching funny cat videos on YouTube, they are spending less time being active or exercising. Also the likelihood of mindlessly eating unhealthy food increases as people are hypnotized by the latest episode of Honey Boo Boo.
- Depression: Technology creates the perfect recipe for depression with the lack of human contact, overeating and lack of exercise. There is a reason the use of antidepressants are on the rise and the blame can’t be completely dumped on the pharmaceutical companies. They are not carting people into the doctor’s office and force feeding them the pills. This is not to say that depression isn’t a real problem, but some people could cure their depression by living a healthier lifestyle.
- Poor Sleep Habits: Some of the negative effects of technology can be linked to the effect it has on sleep habits. We get sucked into on-line activities that keep us up too late and the constant stream of information can make it difficult to turn off our brains. Also, the ambient glow from screens can affect the release of melatonin, the sleep chemical. Keeping technology out of the bedroom would be a very healthy habit to acquire.
Be more mindful of the time you spend using technology.