How Technology Is Ruining Our Lives

How Technology Is Ruining Our Lives

How Technology is Ruining Our Lives.

Technology has given us what we want but stolen what we need

For the most part, when people talk about technology, they focus mainly on its benefits.

We all know that technology has some advantages but if we would be truthful to ourselves, we can say that it has caused more harm than good.

I particularly like the way Prince Ea talks about technology in one of his spoken word poems titled Why I Think The World Should End. He says:

“Technology has given us everything we could ever want and at the same time stolen everything we really need.”

Why I Think The World Should End— Prince Ea

This for a fact is the truth. In case you’re still wondering how technology is ruining our lives, this is how:

It makes life easy by making us lazy

How Technology Is Ruining Our Lives: Laziness

Gadgets have made life easier but they have also succeeded in making us lazy. Lazy, in the sense that the things that we need to do in order to keep fit on a daily basis, have been replaced by machines.

There seems to be a quick fix to almost everything: hence we rely heavily on machines/ gadgets to our own detriments.

Do you wonder why older people who aren’t exposed so much to technology are stronger and healthier than the “technologically advanced” youth? I believe it’s because they prefer the “old school” way of doing things. Examples are : walking a certain distance instead of entering vehicles, sweeping instead of vacuuming, washing clothes instead of dry cleaning and so on.

Agreed, these equipments save time but in the process of doing that, they cost us some benefits.

Technology has succeeded in giving us comfort but has laced it with sickness. It has provided short-cuts to problems but has deprived us of patience.

We have access to free flow of information but our privacy has been invaded . It has made it possible for us digitally connect but has made us physically isolated.

Houses no longer breed families; they breed strangers —each one in their own world as their eyes stay glued to the i-pads, laptops and phones.

Indeed, technology has taken everything we could ever want. And at the same time stolen everything we really need.

It creates unnecessary competition and causes excessive spending

How Technology Is Ruining Our Lives: Excessive Spending

Gadgets are gradually ruinng our lives and the manufacturers do not seem to care. Understandably because they are more interested in making money than they are about the effect it has on consumers.

There is always an upgrade— a latest edition— more expensive than the last. Let’s take the TV for example.

Once upon a time, TV was in black and white. Then it was upgraded to a color TV, then it began to come in various sizes and now what do we have: the plasma TV. This one also comes in various sizes and prices.

People compete to buy the latest version of any gadget even if nothing is wrong with the previous one. Many times, this is done not truly because there is need for such but mainly to keep up with the trend— the status quo. It applies to everything: phones, cars and many other devices.

This kind of expense isn’t necessary. What is even worse is the fact that in another three months, a new edition will be out. There goes another unnecessary expenditure.

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Crime rates are higher

How Technology Is Ruining Our Lives: Cyber Crime

Technology has played a major role in the increase of crime rates. Now thieves find it a lot easier to hack into people accounts. The theft of people’s hard earned cash, identities and assets just got easier. They have been many cases of internet scams.

Again many people have met their untimely deaths as a result of technology. An example is cyberbullying. As a result of cyberbullying some people have committed suicide.

Also, since technology has made it possible to interact with people on a wider scale (including strangers), many people have fallen victims to rape, kidnaps, blackmail and sex slavery.

It is an addiction

How Technology Is Ruining Our Lives: Addiction

Gadgets have become addictive. Computers, TVs and smartphone are the main culprits. Many people would literally die if anything happened to their gadgets.

The rate at which people are over dependent on gadgets is alarming. To know that there was a time when these items weren’t available and we did just fine without them. But can we really blame such folks?

Technology has made it possible for all information to be stored in one place. Expectedly, should anything go wrong, it could drive one nuts.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, technology just like everything else, has a positive and negative side. We cannot entirely do without it but we also don’t have to be completely dependent on it. Wisdom and discipline should be applied.

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Viano Dee

Viano Dee is a non niche blogger, poet, songwriter and a hardcore romantic who believes that life is something that we all should be positive about. She writes about life generally with the hope that positive change will occur even if it's just in one person. Her write-ups could take any form: poetry, articles, and even songs in ways that'll inspire you, resonate with you, or tell a story while keeping you both informed and entertained.

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PHILIPS
2 years ago

True!!!

Cyril
2 years ago

Points well articulated. We often forgetting the negative side of technology. May God save our generation- Digital Generation.

Michael
2 years ago

Super agree about making it easy and making us lazy. Well, technology really has its cons too. That is maybe why, lifestyle business are also starting to pick up.

Sabrina Must
2 years ago

Technology can certainly make us lazy, but only if we allow it! It is simply a tool we should use to better our lives. But I do worry that it’s become so essential to everyday tasks, that it’s compromising our experiences. 

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Reply to  Sabrina Must
2 years ago

Quite true Sabrina. Thanks for reading.

Komal Patel
2 years ago

It’s so scary how advanced tech is now. Soon we will be obsolete and the tech will run us! Making our lives “easier “

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Reply to  Komal Patel
2 years ago

Honestly! It’s really scary. I feel like one day, there’d be a gadget created to record dreams. Like as soon as you wake up, you’d look at the gadget and see your missed dreams. Lol.

Kristine Nicole Alessandra
2 years ago

There is always a good and bad side of everything. Technology has brought us convenience, but on the other hand, it has also made us complacent. 

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Reply to  Kristine Nicole Alessandra
2 years ago

That’s very true Kristine.

Elena Toma
2 years ago

This is really great information. Thanks for sharing.

Polly
2 years ago

Everything has its pros and cons and I agree with most of your points. I tried “digital detox” for a week, particularly, from my smartphone and laptop. To my surprise, I read three books that week. Reading is one of my great joys and I hadn’t realized my smartphone use had cut so dramatically into my book time. 🙂

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Reply to  Polly
2 years ago

That’s very correct Polly. When we detox digitally, there’s so much we get to do. Thanks for reading.

Wren Marie
2 years ago

I love that technology makes certain things easier for us. Though I do agree it can be an addiction and it makes us all SUPER lazy! 

denni
2 years ago

everything has pro and cons about  it. Technology inst ruining your life , your attitude towards it yes. We all need  a break from it every now and again

Sassy Mommy
2 years ago

Technology can makes things very convenient and can bring people together, but there are many negatives to it as well—It is SO important to take a break from technology each day…less screen time, more being present in the moment. 

Crystal
2 years ago

I really couldn’t agree with this article more. And despite our knowledge of this, we all remain as addicted as ever. It’s really quite sad. 

Alexandra Cook
2 years ago

Addiction with technology is of the reason why it ruins our life. We should have a proper use and time management.

Agnes Dela Cruz
2 years ago

The more advance the technology is the more people communicate with each other. 

Maysz Adrias
2 years ago

I agree with this! All people should have discipline and self control of using technology. 

Arun Dahiya
2 years ago

Completely agree with all the points. It has advantages as well as disvantages. We are now so used to gadgets for everything and most of the youth is addicted to it.  

Fashion and Style Police
2 years ago

I agree with all that you have said. It is so easy to get addicted to technology and it does create a lot of competition. 

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