Monday, 13 March 2017

I Fear Technology

[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.''








17 comments:

  1. This is a conversation my husband and I have fairly regularly; the effects of technology on our social behavior and our own bodies and memory is staggering. The laptop-only access is reasonable; however, because I work online, my concern is overuse and decreased productivity. Great post!

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    1. It's crazy isn't it. It isn't always possible to do anything though when so many jobs etc rely on technology, but I find that as long as you are aware of the effects and take plenty of time to enjoy life outside that's not so bad.
      Thanks so much for commenting!!

      xo

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  2. This is so true, Danielle. You are spot on! I am afraid for my future children growing up in a world where social interaction is replaced by a screen, and where the possibilities of them coming across things they shouldn't or being targeted online by bullies or nasty men are too high. It's a scary world, where technology keeps progressing everyday. And I'm 100% convinced I was born into the wrong era! Haha. x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Thanks so much Aimee, I really appreciate that. It's been hitting me harder recently and I was just like, 'nope, I've had enough'.
      Oh totally! If I do get to adopt one day there will be nothing like ipads or phones until they are of age to pay for the bills. Good old toys, dolls, cars, board games and playing outside is what is needed not a fitbit for a 4 year old. I'll homeschool too but that's a whole other conversation haha.
      Yes!! I bet we were friends in a past life ;)

      xo

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  3. Really enjoyed reading this, I totally agree with this. It is a shame to see that people are so attached to their technological devices you can't have a normal conversation anymore.

    Anne
    www.lifeasarollingstone.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank so much Anne! Great to hear from you. It always angers me when people are walking down the street etc with their face glued to their phone and end up bumping into people...look up! Look at other people and the sky and the birds! haha.
      Theres a 'no phones at meals' rule for me. Unless it's an emergency call, it can wait.

      xo

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  4. This is something I totally agree with! Technology has its good and its bad and social media, especially! Much of social media just becomes a call for attention, a battle for likes/comments, a source of ego, a waste of hours, a distraction from important duties, etc. And there are good things about it too.

    I only use Twitter on my computer and only have Snapchat and IG on my phone. That's all the social media I have an use and I too have been thinking of deleting my IG for the same reasons mentioned above along with it's not fun.

    Although I do wonder whether I should make an IG for my blogs only so as to get more viewers, but I don't know if it works that way. Would you say your IG account got you more viewers to your blog or just followers of your IG page?

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    1. ''Much of social media just becomes a call for attention, a battle for likes/comments, a source of ego, a waste of hours, a distraction from important duties'' - YES. Completely!! I fell into it for a while too. I've been blogging for quite a few years and it's never been as much like that as it is now. It's like a high school popularity contest and if you're not cool, tough.
      I've had enough of that. I don't care if people hate me or don't care about my posts, I like them and that is why I started for the first place.

      I've never had Snapchat so I can't really comment on that but IG has been awful for me. We had an issue a few years ago where people made fake accounts using our photos and we had to get the police invloved. It sucked.
      When I made the 'new' one last year it was dedicated to just Disney and to help promote my Etsy, but that community seems to be quite tight knit and I was kind of just left out, then I closed my Etsy so it didn't really serve a perpose and wasn't fun. It brought NO traffic to my blog at all either, so theres some time I have back in my day :)

      Thank you so much for commenting! Really loving hearing everyones opinions on this!

      xo

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  5. You are so right on this! I try not to think about it too much, as it can be quite overwhelming! I have to be at the computer most of the day for my job, so try to stay off it as much as possible at the weekends and evenings!

    I'm not likely to become a globally successful blogger/social media icon with that sort of approach, but I have a higher chance of staying sane!

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    1. Thanks :D It can can't it? I just wish more and more I'd been born 100 years previous ha. It is difficult when you have to use technology in your job but I guess it's different in a way. It's not for no purpose or aimlessly being glued to a screen if you get me.

      I would much rather be sane and happy than anyone know me at all any day!

      xo

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  6. I agree with you, the "check-in" on facebook, the search for likes, the "if you didn't post it on the blog/Instagram/Facebook it didn't happen"... all these ruin the experience for them and for the ones around them.
    I like Instagram and I post a picture daily, it's like a journal and not exactly related to my blogs. But I try not to let it interfere with my life, I would snap a picture or two while I'm still talking with the others if I have company.
    As for the 1800s, I said that I should have been Victorian, I even wrote a post about this. :))

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    1. I find a lot of it is to show off and brag. And it does completely take away from your experience. Like when I'm on holiday, at Dinseyland or even just away for the day at a museum etc I never take my phone out at all. Especially at Disneyland it just gets left locked in my suitcase in the room. I have no need to be on social media at all. If you want to share photos, do it when you get home or something? I dunno. I'll probably get 'hate' for saying that but what else can it be than to show off a lot of the time?
      Yeah insta is nice when used like that. I can't take photos on my phone though so to post I would use my camera, email the photo to myself, download onto my phone, then post and it was just such a waste of time for me.

      Oh really?! I'll have to go have a look for it.

      xo

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  7. I completely agree with you Danielle! A part of me loves how amazing and wonderful tech has gotten over the years and while I know it's been wonderful for areas of work and life like medicine and producing smarter tech to make things more efficient and greener, I do think we are too dependant on tech a lot of the time and a part of me yearns for the simpler life, where we aren't all plugged in 24/7. I love being connected but I've definitely felt pressure to always be 'on' and updating my social media and in the past it's made me depression and anxiety far worse, so I'm trying to strike a happy medium now. I often worry about how tech may surpass us too, but I try to remain hopeful that because we're the ones creating it and maintaining hopefully we can learn from all of those sci-fi films and implement steps and programmes so that we're in control for the most part, but then, how can we ever know it won't someday surpass us as smartphone seem to be getting smarter and smarter! It's a really interesting thought! Great, thought-provoking post! - Tasha

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    1. Thanks so much. I'm really enjoying hearing everones opinions on this. There are some astounding things that it can do but I feel that those who have the power, get crazy with it and will end up going overboard in the future as people like that never know when to stop - especially when it is money fueled.
      Of course, as long as there are people like us who want to stay 'old fashioned' (the only way I can think to say it haha) that's all that matters.

      xo

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    2. I completely agree, and I'm sorry to hear as well that you've had a bad time with this, I feel like the more people I speak to about social media, it's always wholly negative, which means they need to change things, and thats why I always enjoy when I can take a step back. I hope one day we'll move past this popularity game and focus more on happiness too as I think blogging has been going that way as well. Hope you're OK too. <3

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  8. I know what you mean! I seem to spend SOOOO much time on it and I constantly see parents pick up their kids and not even acknowledge them as they are on their phone. The kid is expected to follow. I love many aspects of technology but then I worry about it too. I haven't got a Kindle because I want to look at something real when I read. Something tangible to chart your progress.
    I am grateful for blogging because it has made me keep a sort of 'diary' through it for the last 12 years that I can look back on and smile and remember things. I have only been on Instagram for almost a year but I do like it BBBBBUUUT, I do think it wastes a lot of my time!

    And always, I worry about an overreliance on technology. What would happen if it all suddently failed...x

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    1. Yeah that one is sad, parents on their phones and the kid is saying,'Mammy, mammy, mammy' to no response :/
      I do prefer a physical book too! I have to admit I have a couple on my google books thing on my phone so that I can have it 'read aloud' to me when I work in the mornings haha but other than that I'm not a fan of ebooks etc.
      Agreed!

      Oh exactly! It could easily all backfire. Think what it's like when the electric goes down for half a day - no one knows what to do! lol

      xo

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