By: Gene Carla Chua
Technology has made our lives more convenient for years. From washing clothes to sending letters, technology has affected us greatly and it has made our lives so much easier. However, technology could also be causing us stress. Studies show that humans spend over 3 days in a year waiting for files or other things to load in their computer. In Tibet when you send a letter, it is normal to not get a reply in 30 days or even more, but when you send a text or a chat message and not get a reply in 30 seconds, you get angry. Here are other instances when technology has caused us stress;
• Wherever we are and whatever we are doing we always feel the need to post a status about it, Tweet it, and post a picture in Instagram. Most of us send more sms’s than we are talking. Imagine just doing what you are supposed to do, without reaching for your phone first. This causes us to waste time on things that we are not really supposed to do, and with that we run out of time for finishing whatever it is that we are really needed to do.
• Whenever we post anything and someone likes or retweets it we feel really good, but what about when no one does? Some people feel lonely or unwanted. Sounds like I’m overrating? This actually does happen.
The iPhone, café addiction
• Try walking in a café and observe what everyone is doing, most of them if not all have an iPhone, Black Berry, or a smart phone in hand, tweeting or looking for the newest apps. So if these people do this in a café, then we could probably say that they do it everywhere. This is the problem with technology, we cannot live without it. What happens when we lose our phones? Well, TRAGEDY.
• We used to have scrapbooks and photo albums filled with our precious memories. These days pictures are saved in our phones, and digital scrapbooks have been created. These are all saved in your phone, laptop or tablet’s internal memory, but there will always come a time that we have to replace these gadgets. Worse-case scenario is that they break and those memories will be irretrievable.
• Ten years ago we need to wait for the evening news before we get in the know as to what happened during the day. Today we get news notifications from our phones and there are apps dedicated to informing us with what’s happening. We need that constant feeling that we know what is happening in the world and this causes clutter. We are filled with information that we really don’t need, plus not all news is good.
• A lot of people are addicted to games. Some even spend all day without doing anything productive. Excessive gaming has caused death in Korea, but that’s not just the reason as to why it is causing us stress. Games stimulate our brain. Stimulates us a little too much that when we look for something fun to do we require more powerful activity. This makes us bored.
• This does not apply to gaming. We tweet and Facebook too much as well. It’s like a drug, we do it too much and get addicted then when we stop we feel so low. When we get the time to relax and be idle it doesn’t feel as good.
Technology is now a vital part of our lives but this does not mean that we have to embrace the stresses it causes us also – we have to learn how to stick to the healthy limits when using the products of technology for our own advantage.
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