I’m writing a paper on the effects of technology on our emotions and life, blah blah. I want to get your guy’s opinion! You are a little more interesting than Google ;) Anybody give up technology for a while? How did you life change?
Technology is great for someone who knows how to handle it. We have this vast amount of data at our fingertips. As our devices make us more effecient, we are expected to give them more time and brainpower than the amount of brainpower and time they save. We are surrounded by these devices 24/7 by our side. watching netfilx and reading useless articles and whatnot..we are feeding our minds with data non stop without ever resting. you feel tired? Just pick up the phone and start squandering. our stream of mind is full of mud. To make it clear you dont have to jump in it like we do when we use our devices…to make the stream clear you just have to sit aside it will gradually clear out…
I think that the social connectivity allows people to over-stimulate themselves in emotion, wearing off the novelty. This is beneficial because emotions are the one of the main issues in achieving balanced thinking. We get online and experience emotions of others on a global scale, hence learning from the experiences of others.
One important point to talk about would be how technology seems to make us all more connected, with social media, e-mail, video chats, etc. However, I and many others believe that it’s a false sense of connection and actually takes away from real, quality social interaction. This can lead to people feeling more lonely than they used to, more disconnected even though their internet selves has over 500 “friends” on Facebook and their posts receive a greater amount of “likes” than average.
It may sound like I’m opposed to social media, but I’m actually for it, only not in the excess amount that most people in developed societies are using it. The truth is, you cannot replicate real human to human contact and interaction, not even in video chats. Even in Skype you cant see the persons little details of emotion, body language, and you cannot touch them or feel their complete presence. And the more time one is spending on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or what have you, the less time they are actually having human contact the way that helps us feel the most fulfilled.
Everything is so fast-paced in the tech world – sometimes it’s hard for the brain to keep up with all of it. I think a good point to make is that people should at least take day breaks where they either cut off their laptops and t.v.’s and get outside to enjoy the sun and outdoors for a bit. Technology is keeping people indoors more than ever, as well. Studies have shown that people, in general, get a boost in mood from just being outside for a few hours.
Anyway, just my two cents! It should be a fun paper to write, have fun :)
The only thing I could come up with is the infamous rage quit. I don’t know. Vibrators are part of technology, right? They’re very useful for people’s emotions. What else.. mechanical clocks. In terms of steampunk vs cyberpunk. You also mean effects. “Your perceptions will not change reality, but simply colour it.” I don’t think my life changed. I mean, it really depends on how you use tools and instruments. I have a smartphone but I don’t think I’ll need another one. What’s the point?
So we’re just a, “little” more interesting than google? G, thanks! ;P
If you slow down to observe yourself and communicate with others you will notice that many, many people are beginning to have memory issues, challenges with their memory like never before. The reason this is happening everywhere is in part due to technology. Technology gives us real time immediate access to nearly everything. Having such fast access is in other words, “Instant Gratification” – we want to be instantly gratified. “I want a pizza” i order it and its in my hands in 30 minutes. or, I want gum, i walk to the store 3 minutes away and I have gum. Though these examples are not instant, they are VERY fast. And in a world of instant gratification since everything happens almost instantly, there is no need for memory. And this is why we are encountering the widespread memory issues. Get it? Another area I would write about would be on how tech becomes the realtime – instant “umbilical cord” in relationships. Believe it or not there was a time in our past where you would not hear from your significant other for hours and even the whole day. But today its like, “Why didn’t you answer my text when I texted you? What were you doing, who were you with?” This technological umbilical chord instant connection can be a very nasty thing when it comes to relationships, in many cases leading to relational breakdowns. This should be decent food for thought in writing your paper.
Television is the great pacifier. It takes up virtually all of the free time of people in the west, when they are not working, eating, sleeping, studying… Its easy to just turn on a TV and zone out, and before you know it several hours have passed and its time to go to bed and get ready for the next day.
In this respect, I would say look into statistics on TV viewing habits.
Before television, people were actively engaged in their lives on a routine basis (physically active outdoors on a regular basis, or creatively active in a wide range of artistic pursuits, or actively bettering themselves more, such as in starting small businesses…) This has all been reduced to the periphery by the dominance of television in the lives of western societies.
Cable TV fueled this even more with the proliferation of channels, virtually guaranteeing that there was always something on that any one person would have some interest in watching…
So I would say, look into how the media has taken up the free time of people – and how that effects emotions (making people feel trapped in their lives, stagnating, lost as to how to improve themselves when there just isn’t the time to do so). Of course, the Internet and other forms of media contribute to this as well.
I abandoned cable TV long ago because of this issue…