Signs of Technology Addiction

Technology can pose as an advantage to society, but with such benefits come disadvantages as well. For, a number of people use the internet to access resources that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise, such as; the news, and other important information. But, when these simple accesses stem into full fledged addiction, internet may no longer be seen as a friend to them, but rather an enemy. In turn, it is important to know how far is too far, and to always be on the lookout for signs of technology addiction, not only in ourselves, but in those around us, so that action can be taken within the early stages.

First and foremost, technology addiction is defined as, “an impulse control disorder that involves the obsessive use of mobile devices”. Yet, even so, in today’s world we oftentimes struggle to distinguish such, since we surround ourselves, and are surrounded by technology on a daily basis. It is everywhere that we turn. On billboards, on television, etc. And consequently, in response, we find ourselves desensitized to it because we are so used to it just “being there”.

But, when technology is taken away from the life of an individual and he/she finds himself/herself struggling to cope, this may be an issue that he/she needs to take at face value. For, some symptoms of internet addiction are as follows; “feeling preoccupied with the internet by thinking about previous online activity, feeling the need to use the internet excessively to achieve satisfaction, feeling anxious when away from technology, feeling the need to respond immediately to one’s smartphone, etc”. But, these are only a few of the several signs to watch out for, as many others remain.

In conclusion, this form of dependence serves as a great cause for concern, as it is one addiction in particular that can easily slip under the radar. Someone may even poke fun of it by saying that he/she is addicted to the internet because he/she likes/enjoys live streaming. And since technology is now seen as an essential tool, and/or aspect, many may find it hard to displace themselves from their phones, and other devices, and enjoy the day for what it is, rather than from behind a small rectangle screen. As a result, technology addiction can happen to anyone, even those seen as the most strong minded. But, even so, those who are struggling to regain their life back, mustn’t fear talking to someone close, and/or seeking help/treatment because they can overcome.

Where is the Harm in Loving Technology?

harmful technology loveMany people cannot see the harm in overusing technology. They figure that if something was invented to make their lives easier, they should use it without limitation. The underlying problem with this thinking is that it does not consider the health, philosophical or ethical ramifications of technology use. The idea of technology being purely progressive and helpful to our lives is a mislead one. The truth is, overusing technology can have harmful effects on our individual, societal and environmental health.

First of all, overusing technology has a damaging effect on us as individuals, in both a mental and a physical way. We take pleasure in our technology because we feel it creates a path of least resistance for our daily tasks. And as we all know, anything that a person can take pleasure in they can also become addicted to. This is often the case when it comes to our personal technology. Vehicles, cell phones, computers and other devices have all been found to create addictions within people. These addictions can hurt a person’s physical health when they overwhelmingly default to technology to get labor done, and they can hurt a person’s mental health by giving them errant ideas that they are not capable of completing a task without technology.

In a similar way, technology addiction is damaging to our societal consciousness as well. Tasks that people used to complete as part of a team are now completed by some form of technology, such as an assembly line of machines. This makes society dependent on technology and makes our human connections weak. Technology addiction also wreaks havoc on the health of our environment  as only a small percentage of technology is considered sustainable. Most of our technology is still developed under the industrialism ethic of “the more production, the better,” making it focused on quantity instead of quality.