[Edit - This is one of those super random, brain spew type of posts. I apologize in advance for anything that may not make 100% sense or is rambly but I wrote as it came to me and wanted it to be organic.]
True. I am sat on a laptop, connected to the internet, with a smart phone to my right and an Xbox to my left but yes, I fear technology.
How long do you go, without subconsciously picking up your phone and aimlessly scrolling through Instagram, then Twitter, then Facebook, then repeating the cycle until an hour has disappeared? How often do you spend a day cleaning or doing other chores/jobs around the house without having a YouTube video or Netflix playing mindlessly in the background? How many days in this past month have you gone without accessing the internet in any way, shape or form?
We can't help it, but it is everywhere and it's taking over the world.
These days you can do, find, buy, use pretty much anything online. Need to know how to change your tire? Search for a tutorial! Want to know what that new lipstick is like before you commit to it? Look up a review! Having an argument with your partner over whether fish have eyelids or not? Google it! Of course, it's all very convenient and beneficial to save time in our 'busy lives' but what impact is it having overall?
Laziness & Isolation
Probably the most obvious effect of technology is laziness. There are now ways to shop for absolutely everything from your sofa and get it delivered to your door. From clothes, media, and even food, for many, it eliminates many reasons to leave the house. Indeed it is a good thing for those who cannot just walk or drive to the shop, but for many who can, it is a way out.
I for one struggle with social interaction and even when I do go to the shop I am very rarely alone or if I am I opt for the technology route - aka the least human interaction as possible, route - ie. self-serve checkouts. Partnering laziness with minimal contact with other people, communities (especially smaller ones like my town once was) are no longer the same. Our social skills are affected and despite talking to people via social media, we are still lonely.
Laziness isn't only applicable to shopping either, as even driving cars takes less effort these days, there are robot hoovers that clean for you. I'm sure you can think of other things.
Privacy & Safety
This one is the biggest concern for many, myself included. Linking to the above point, the risk of buying things online is there, 'identity theft' no matter how minor or serious is easy to do and scary, spam, scams, and email trickery, fraud, hacking, viruses and more. Technology is powerful yet also weak...you never know when or how safe you are.
However, for parents, safety online is extra concerning. As children younger and younger are allowed access to the online world, people have no self-control or censoring and websites only have a 'click this button if you are an adult' method between those and what is unsafe for them, everyone is at risk from coming head to head with bad people, horrible content and possibly dangerous situations.
Bullying is a big effect aswell, of course, and I'm so lucky I only had MSN to contend with when I went through an extremely terrible time in my younger days. But kids these days have multiple social media websites to target and be targeted, meaning they can no longer escape any school ground torment...very scary and saddening.
As I'm sure you'll agree those things mentioned above are but the tip of the iceberg. There are also such effects as physical pain, decline in intellect, messed up sleeping habits, mental debilitation, and everything in-between. All of these effects can be seen in those who over-use the 'convenient and beneficial' resources we are blessed and or cursed with in 2017.
I fear technology because I have been personally affected.
I fear technology because I know people who have had serious issues online.
I fear technology because it doesn't stop here...it will only grow.
So what makes me not a giant hypocrite for saying all this when I spend hours upon hours a week working on this blog? I am acknowledging it. I'm being in control of my usage and I refuse to let it consume my life. I'm not saying I will never buy a book online again or not use my dishwasher anymore but I will spend my time more wisely than checking if anyone liked my photo 5 times an hour.
For a while now I have had all apps deleted (not that I ever had many) from my phone, meaning I only access Twitter, Facebook, and Blogger via my laptop, taking away the problem of bedtime phone checks.
I've actually deleted Instagram altogether because it just didn't seem to serve any purpose at all. Twitter is something I moderately enjoy when I'm on it limited amounts and don't take part in chats where people have treated me like absolute filth in the past, but I have also completely sliced my Twitter time too. As for Facebook, predominantly the chat option, keeps me in contact with friends that I don't see often as well as Jake and my parents to save on call costs so I only really use that when I need to.
I aim to use my life more wisely now. I've been reading more (10 full and 2 half books so far this year compared to 4 overall last year), spending more dedicated play time with Baker and in general just doing everything more purposely. If I had the chance I would 100% go back to the 1800s to live and be unaffected by any of this but as I can't I will stay grounded, stay safe and treat the incline of the technological world carefully...
...because I fear technology. Do you?
I'll end this with a quote from one of the greatest minds of all time, Albert Einstein -
'''I fear the day technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.''