“Let’s get HIGH on TECH”
In one country, thousands of people salivating at the mouth await anxiously in line. Some have not eaten in days, have forsaken their families and are tired and listless as they wish to meet their daily need. Disappointment awaits their arrival at home, if they were to return home empty handed. Is this some African country where people await in line for rations to feed themselves or their family? Sadly, they await the arrival of a new version of technology. Yes, man has displayed an excessive dependence on technology resulting in harmful effects for each individual and society in general. “Dr. Ivan Goldberg first theorized the disease of “internet addiction disorder” (technology addiction) in 1995. There is some dispute as to whether Dr. Goldberg was serious when he came up with the disorder or was, as the New Yorker Magazine claims, attempting to play a joke on fellow psychiatrists who were also members of the online BBS (Board of Behavioural Sciences) he’d founded in 1986 specifically for mental health professionals” (Wells, 2007). Though the theory of technology addiction has not been recognized many mental health professionals have argued that it should be included in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (more commonly known as the DSM-IV) due to its addictive and harmful properties. Technology challenges man’s very existence and the harmful effects of its addiction threatens him physically, intellectually, psychologically, socially and economically. The overuse of technological media has put a strain on man physically causing his life to be highly restricted to use of these means. Oak (n.d) states that the lifestyles of today offer little for rigorous exercise and encourages laziness and inactivity. Before time, modern technology was so popular “daily life involved a lot of physical activity and daily exercise was integrated in the routine physical activities” (Oak). According to (Greenfield, 1999) even seemingly simple advances such as the elevator, remote controls, credit card gas pumps, dishwashers and drive-through everything, have all had unintended negative effects. They all save time and energy, but the energy they save may dissuade us from using our physical bodies as they were designed to be used. As a child, it was realized that when children were bored, they would play outside, play sports or just do something physical, whereas in modern times when the chores are done children resort to indulging in some form of technological media. This may include time spent in playing video games, talking on the telephone, surfing the internet or using social networking sites. Excessive use of these forms has also led to physical damage to our eyes hands and nervous systems. For example, (Doll, 2002) expresses that constantly staring at your computer screen can cause a condition called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), which results in neck and back pain, blurred vision, headaches, and a number of other symptoms of stress. Technology has made us lazy, inactive and has just made everything so “easy” that we cannot resist taking full advantage of it while overlooking the fact that that we are just damaging ourselves and wasting our time in the process. In addition, due to the over-utilisation of technology has not only served to damage us physically but has also inhibited man on the intellectual level. An excessive use of machines in every field can result in an under-utilization of the human brain. Due to this under-utilization of intelligence for a prolonged period of time, man may lose his intellectual abilities and may not even be able to think or use any form of problem solving abilities. The idea of original human creation is on the decline, exemplified in the following article excerpt: “Some MIT graduates got their paper accepted into the World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics. The paper...
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