Technological Overload and the Anti-Social Media Phenomenon
Do you feel the need to look at your phone every five minutes? Do you check your Facebook page every half hour? Do you walk down the street with your mp3 player headphones in your ears walking and ignoring everything and everyone you come across? This is the world we live in, people are so addicted to technological devices they have forgotten what it is to be social. Social by definition is to live in companionship with others or in a community, rather than in isolation. The advent of social media is ironically the beginning of our social downfall. As if we are not bombarded by over 5000 commercial messages everyday, people look for more information like junkies looking for drugs. When do you pull the plug and realize that too much of anything, no matter how good it is, is a bad thing.
Don’t get me wrong current technology trends like social media and texting in particular, have greatly changed the landscape of communication and the exchange of information. Overall, this is a positive phenomenon. However, for many people, this phenomenon is much more than a better way to gather and transfer world news or current events. The current technology trends are shaping our social lives and how we communicate in general. This phenomenon is affecting people of all ages. John O'Neill, director of social work at The Menninger Clinic, a psychiatric hospital in Houston, Texas says he has seen the effects of technological overload in patients at the Professionals in Crisis Program at The Menninger Clinic. “Patients spend hours each day on their computers, cell phones or BlackBerry devices, at the expense of their family or friends.” More importantly this phenomenon is affecting the young people in our society. According to research compiled and reported by sources such as the LA Times and the Kaiser Family Report, the following statistics give us...