Does technology make us more alone?

Does technology make us more alone?

June 11, 2020 0 By Syed Karar Ali

Does technology make us more alone?
Technology is supposed to make us more connected. We can stay in touch with our friends all the time on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, and, of course, by texting. But are our smartphones does getting in the way of our socializing? Could technology be making us more alone?


Today we will discuss the way we are heading to. An article in the New York Times written by the founder of an online dating site. www.datemyschool.com. Collectively knowing the problem of his generation by saying that, “People in the 21st century are alone. We all have so many new ways of communication and connectivity, yet we are so alone.”


Technology makes us more alone because we are very much dependent on our smartphones and other technologies; When you start to get too attached to your technique. You begin to compare your life with the lives of others. And you just start to compare yourself with the amount likes and followers someone else has socially online.


Health Issues


And being lonely is a big deal. The research revealed that being lonely is even more dangerous to your health than being overweight. Loneliness can increase your risk of dying by 26%.
According to The Independent,  “Recent research indicates that this may be the next biggest public health issue on par with obesity and substance abuse.”


Being too focused on a screen of our gadgets o smartphones makes you forget the difference between two being alone and lonely. Technology gloomy influences our social interplay; it makes people more socially fiddly and lonely.
A study by greater good suggests that ”smartphone use may be taking a toll on our biotic capacity to connect with other individuals.”


Technology is negatively affecting our society, but that doesn’t mean that we are going to stop using technology, it has come to stay. But it is up to individuals to decide how much they let technology dominate our lives. In the end its always our decision if you want to see the world through a screen or your own eyes.

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The Loneliness Epidemic


Whether technology can be directly blamed or not, there’s no denying the fact that the world is currently in the throes of what’s being described as a “loneliness epidemic.” A 2018 survey from The Economist and the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) finds that over one fifth (22%) of US adults say they always or often feel lonely, lack companionship, or feel left out or isolated. A similar story is playing out across the pond, too, with 23% of adults in the UK responding in the same way.


The findings come off the back of a separate Cigna study, which reveals that nearly half of Americans always or sometimes feel alone (46%) or left out (47%). Also last year, the UK’s BBC Radio 4 released the results of its “Loneliness Experiment,” in which it was found that a third of people often or very often feel lonely. Across the whole of the EU, around 30 million adults frequently feel lonely, while in Japan, an estimated half a million people shut themselves off from society, often staying in their houses for months on end.


Does Technology Make Us More Alone?


To combat the negative impacts of loneliness, people need real, in-person interactions, the authors of the Cigna study say. However, as much as we rely on technology – at home and in the workplace. To socialize, complete daily tasks, and perform work duties. The less time we spend meeting face-to-face with our friends, family, and co-workers. Leading us once again towards this question that: Does really technology make us more alone?


While different studies reveal slightly different statistics, the overall trend is clear – we are indeed addicted to technology and social media use. In particular, it has skyrocketed over recent years. One report last year from GlobalWebIndex estimates that. Digital consumers are now spending an average of 2 hours and 22 minutes per day on social networks and messaging services. Young people – 16-24-year-olds – spend even more time, clocking up about 3 hours per day.


At the end of this study, I will say that in this day and age, it is nearly impossible to do anything without Technology. We can pay our bills to manage our accounts and even chat with customer service by using our smartphones.
Is the use of Technology starting to take away from our person-to-person interaction? Think of how we use to grab our smartphone and tablet and text our friends. Instead of picking up the phone to call then or better yet, making plans to hang out in person.


Technology is making us more alone because of interacting with our friends in person we are dependent on our phones. We start to compare our lives with others because of how many likes we get on our Instagram photos.
Young kids are dependent on tablets to keep them entertained rather than playing with toys because we are too busy with our noses in our phones.


OUR AMBITION


As a society, we must bring a positive change. Its time for us to own our mistakes and start to change. Next time you reach for your phone, stop yourself. While you are with your friends, ignore your phone and enjoy the company of the loved ones around you.
Technology is a good thing. But it is also going to be a thing that tears us apart as a society. Now here we came and will change for the betterment of all around us.