As you will notice, I am also interested in the technology of different kinds. Right now we have a very interesting development of digital technology. But there are divided sentences if you now like or dislike everything new.
The addictive digital lifestyle is sweeping across the country at an astonishing rate. Although many people have been able to successfully use technology to enhance many areas of their lives, others are disturbed by the wave of technology that continues to flow in at an accelerated rate. We must recognize that technology can save lives and enhance it, but we also must ponder the ways that the digital lifestyle can lead to addictive behaviors. Consider some of the benefits and disadvantages of modern technologies that citizens all over the world are facing today.
Social Media and Daily Life
Many people love to post, watch, share, and tweet with others through many popular social media platforms. Being able to scroll online and see what other people are doing has become an addictive behavior that many engage in openly or privately. For millennials, social media has become a vital part of the modern digital lifestyle. The Pew Research Center suggests that nearly 75% of social media users in the adult population log in daily, and nearly half of them log in to a social media site multiple times a day. Children are also susceptible to engaging online through social media platforms. As a result, more people are starting to feel the consequences of addictive behavior when they are forced to log out of the world of social media for even a day.
Wearable Technologies To Help or Hinder?
Smartphones are fast becoming a wearable technology in a sense. Many people walk around or engage with their phones for hours a day, and even when they put it down, it is not more than a few feet away. As a result, many companies have started to develop smartwatches with calling capabilities so that consumers never have to part with a device with calling capabilities. These smartwatches have the capacity to save lives while satisfying one’s desire to live a digital lifestyle.
What is also interesting about wearable technologies is that they constantly collect data on your geographical location, blood pressure, heartbeat, and even the pace of your steps. The fact that wearable technologies collect data and send it to companies may b disturbing to some people, while others simply embrace the fact that they can keep up with their health and exercise routines better.
Saving and Enhancing Lives With Technology
Technology has made it possible to save lives and enhance the lives of people who are ill, or those that have a disability. Wearable technologies that monitor at-risk patients who are at home or in a facility can call the ambulance if vitals drop, thus saving lives in the process. Custom dental devices that used to take weeks to get to a patient can be printed in less than an hour in many medical offices, offering a tailor-made fit. Another way that technology can save a life is through the 3D printing of vital organs, giving hope to hundreds of thousands of people all over the world who are on waiting lists. Medical records can easily be accessed by any hospital across the world, making it easier to deliver top-notch care to every patient.
For those with disabilities, technology can undoubtedly save lives and enhance it. 3D printing has allowed amputees to gain access to cost-effective, custom prostheses in an hour that would have taken days or weeks in the past. The University of Cincinnati states that the use of assistive listening systems, text-to-speech tools, visual impairment software, and assistive technologies allow disabled persons to get an education, gain mobility and even participate in athletic activities. These innovative technologies are driving engagement and inclusiveness for all students.
It is now possible to protect your home using modern technology. Surveillance systems can be acquired by mail and hooked up to a smartphone, offering a simpler way for citizens to keep tabs on their home when they are away. Smart home technologies can now power every aspect of a home, including opening and locking doors, drawing blinds, and automatic heat and lighting adjustments. All of this is possible through various authentication methods that require unique human interaction. This can prevent dangerous break-ins that may threaten assets and precious lives.
Business, Technology, Jobs, and Data Demands
Modern technology and software have allowed businesses to streamline operations, enhance employee productivity, manage workers, connect with clients, and even complete tasks remotely through a smorgasbord of applications. Businesses owners also understand the value of 3D printing, and they can print custom products for each customer on demand to massively save on inventory costs. Due to the amount of technology available for free or at a low cost to the everyday citizen, nearly anyone can start a business and use time-saving technology, tools, social media outlets, and digital marketing to gain visibility and acquire sales.
For many companies, better technology and access to a variety of detailed consumer data makes it possible to offer stellar products and services. On the other hand, jobs are also lost due to the emergence of artificially intelligent technologies. Forbes suggests that a selection of blue-collar jobs, and in the manufacturing and transportation industry will be affected the most in the near future due to AI.
However, the appetite for data from consumers can be overwhelming. Data is growing into of the most valuable commodities on Earth today, and companies, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions aim to seize data at every opportunity. Employees, business owners, and investors in every industry are also gaining an edge by integrating modern technologies and collecting data from consumers and people who are simply browsing online.
A Growing Fear of Hacking
Due to the interconnectedness of modern technology, many people have a greater fear of becoming hacked than ever before. With so much of our data being uploaded to smartphones, a cloud, and by companies with online servers, citizens are more afraid than ever to lose their confidential data or even become victims of identity theft.
A disturbing trend is the fact that many of these innovative technologies are starting to be connected to human beings. The chance that someone may hack into an electrical grid that powers medical technology that can save lives, or shut down electronic pacemakers drives fear into the hearts of many. Another serious issue is the hacking of both home and business routers, and this issue leaves the data of millions of people open to misuse.
The more technology is integrated into daily life, the greater sense of risk that comes along with utilization. Although many people have fears surrounding technology, they often submit to the benefits and daily conveniences that the spectrum of modern technologies provides.
The Rise of the Addictive Tech Personality
The Pew Research Center suggests that nearly 25% of all American adults are online constantly, and of that group, 39% of people ages 18 to 29 are online constantly. Many American children are online on social media sites and surfing the internet any chance they can get to supplement their desire for a digital lifestyle. In other parts of the world, online abuse is growing rampant, and it is more important than ever to save a life that can be threatened by an addictive personality trait.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children states that in the United Kingdom, one out of three internet users are children, and one in four have experienced something upsetting on social media, and have received hateful or racist messages online. According to the Journal of Medical Internet Research, both children and individuals under 25 who are cyberbullied are more than twice as likely to harm themselves or engage in suicidal actions. To save lives, it is crucial to intervene early as more children engage in the digital lifestyle.
Psychology Today warns of increased illness, sleep deprivation, higher injury rates, and social withdrawal as a result of technology addiction, and that consistent use implies that there is an underlying psychological problem. Due to the rising influence of technology, addictive behavior that springs from consistent technology use is becoming more common than ever before as more citizens acquire and use technology in daily life.
Helping Others with Addictions to Technology
There are people who willingly embrace technology, those who fear aspects of tech but still use it, and those who draw back from technology’s transformational impact on the modern world. Many are at risk of developing technology addictions, and others may experience mental illness associated with the fear of tech. Aside from withdrawing from technology use or speaking to a trained mental health professional, there are few options for fighting addictive tech behaviors associated with the digital lifestyle.
The reality is that the world is being flooded by technology in every corner of the globe, and this massive change has major impacts on our social lives, careers, and private lives. Embracing technology with a sense of the risks that it may entail is the best option that we have. Although some people may be able to live a simple life nearly void of tech, it becomes less of a possibility in the future. Even in rural areas, there is a prevalence of farming technologies, drones, state-of-the-art ecosystem monitoring, and environmental research testing. Creating balance is key to making the best of technology without allowing it to overwhelm your life. There are both positive and negative effects of living the digital lifestyle, but your perspective and willingness to embrace and use technology often determines your experience.
You have the world in (under) your hands! Even if you want to help or develop your skill and social ability. But use your common sense. Take care of yourself and your fellow human beings out there. Good luck!
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