Technology has revolutionized the way people communicate,linking humans in a real-time network across our globe. However, technology has also changed communication in many ways, and some ways of them are not for the better. While some of these negative effects are relatively minor, in some cases they have had profound effects on the well-being and lives of users.
An Omnipresent Distraction
Mobile devices and Cell phones allow users to stay connected even when away from their computers. While this can be a great benefit, especially for the emergencies, it can also be a dangerous distraction. Hundreds of thousands of peoples are suffering injuries every year in accidents involving a distracted driver, and texting and cell phone use are primary sources of distraction behind the wheel. While it may only take a driver a few seconds to read a text message or short call, during that time his vehicle could travel the length of a football field without his eyes on the road.
Dehumanization and Depersonalization
Technology also can affect the quality of communication. One of the great benefits of the Internet is its anonymity, allowing users to explore and communicate without having to give away their personal data. Unfortunately, this can also lead to users behaving in ways completely different than they would in the face-to-face conversation. When the Internet reduces a person to the faceless screen name, it can make it hard for some users to remember that an actual person exists behind the avatar, which can encourage the hostility and exclusionary behavior.
Technologycan create elaborate the Social networks online, but these can unexpectedlylead to social isolation. In some cases, communicating online replaces the face-to-faceinteraction for users, reducing the amount of time they spend in the company ofthe other human beings. Also, these social networks sometimes replace the smallnumber of strong social connections with a larger number of the much shallowerconnections, leading to situations where a user may have large numbers of his/her“friends” but few actual real-world companions. This can lead to feelings and depressionof loneliness, and the lack of a support system can make it difficult for usersto reach out and find help for these issues.Negative Effects of Technology on Education
The z internet is the real collaborative force within education, as the little involvement of any form of technology does not guarantee substantial effects on the education quality. Technology is producing a decline in analysis and critical thinking. “Reading for pleasure, which has declined among the young peoples in recent decades, enhances thinking and engages the imagination in a way that visual media such as video games and television do not.”
Like in all things, there is a golden rule that governs technology’s impact on education -“moderation in everything.” Technology easily can be overused within the classroom, and this can cause negative effects on the entire learning experience. Some of these effects are already seen from student texting and internet usage (small and school-related) during class. There are also increased incidences of plagiarism for assignments and an overall lack of the respect for correct language usage within essays. This indicates the effect that technology may have had on the current generation’s thinking abilities and the overall power of the internet use.
Changing Learning Priorities
The main effect of technology may be that the future’s children are not concerned with details. However, it is hard to say if this is a bad thing or good thing in the future especially with the universal availability of the Internet. The students of the future prioritize the availability of the information can be found (i.e. via Google, Bing) rather than what the information is. The constant stimulation that comes from the internet has also taken away the focus ability of students in the classroom. A New York Times article showed how constant stimulation by text messages, email, and online video games created a profound obstacle to the focus and productivity of both adults and young peoples, all of which can also be used for E-learning purposes. This stimulation causes a short attention span, and even without the internet as a distraction, many young people struggle as is to manage time wisely and resist the impulsive behavior.
NegativeEffects of Technology on Society
The more advanced technology becomes, the more it seems to have the control over our lives. According to the Lee Siege, “we play, love, work, shop, search for information, seek to communicate with each other and sometimes with the world online. We spend more than more time online than ever before. People are not arguing about the startling new condition.
Impact on children
It has become a common sight for us to meet a toddler or a kindergarten going child go about with a tab, smart phone or iPad in his or her hand. Parents allow this as a quick relief from their tantrums and also as a means to keep them engaged and quiet as well. But what we fail to realize here is that if technology has negative impacts on children and adults, this would only be threefold for children who are first generation users of it. Since our little ones are the 1st generation to have unlimited and full unlimited access to technology as they grow up, the long-term effects it will have on them is yet to be discerned.
Reduced attention span
While receiving daily news in just 140 words or having videos just 10 minutes long have added to our convenience and comfort, the negative impact it holds is the reduction of one’s attention span from the usual average of twelve minutes to a much reduced 5 minutes! Those who use technological gadgets on a daily basis of at least Five hours have trouble remembering names, birthdays and as is often a case- a cooking vessel on the stove.
NegativeEffects of Technology on Health
In the fight to stay healthy, technology also can give us an edge. We can use our digital devices to improve our diets, track our fitness efforts and manage all kinds of health conditions.
Radiation Damage: Cancer
Though cancer cannot be entirely linked to technology, it is most definitely the most dangerous impact technology can have on health. Smartphones release certain radiations that are absorbed by human bodies and which might cause tumors. They say too much with the smartphone against your ear rises possibilities of you getting a brain tumor by over 80%. Tumors, in the long run, if left untreated cause cancer. So now you know what the free radicals and radiations are doing to you? Yes, chemotherapy also uses technology, so maybe you want to be tech savvy or just hold back on the addiction.
Too fat to fit the couch: Obesity
Obesity (Or Tech-obesity like it should be called) is one of the most dangerous impacts on the health of technology. Obesity is the unsaid symptom of most lifestyle diseases from blood pressure to hormonal and diabetes disbalances. So maybe you need to hit the gym and get off that couch or else you’d be too fat to fit the couch and stare at that screen. Another reason why obesity is linked to technology except binge eating while on the laptop and reduced exercise is staying up to late hours. Your liver works its best while you are asleep and hence secretes certain enzymes that absorb fat, however, with the liver function going topsy-turvy, those potato wafers are bound to show on the circumference would probably have too much waste which of your waist.
Chronic Smartphone Stress
Excessive use of cell and smartphones has to lead to this new type of stress: The chronic Smartphone Stress. You feel anxious by the most ignorable notifications and even more anxious in case there are no any notifications. You are constantly on the lookout for text message replies and other notifications from other people. You start craving for virtual attention making you not only the narcissist but also not getting enough attention makes you stressed, and so highly so that it might in the future lead to even depression.