Ultimately, Tech makes our lives one hell of a lot better and on a human level, but it has changed the way we process information and experience the world.
Stress, sleeplessness and the compulsive urge to check on something. Those symptoms could be used to describe psychological disorders. But in actual fact, they can also be used to describe our obsession with Tech.
Some struggle to put their mobile phones down for more than ten minutes at a time due to the incessant ‘pinging’ of notifications and health professionals suggest leaving your phone out of the bedroom to ensure you get the sleep you need.
Some people even feel that there is a need for ‘Technology Etiquette’ both online and the way in which you interact with technology in the public sphere.
When was the last time you sat down to work and managed to avoid checking your phone or Facebook? I am sure the majority of people will be unable to answer that, myself included.
There are also concerns with the amount of information we put online but a small amount of common sense with what data about yourself you share and you should have nothing to worry about.
The thing is, all of this only has a negative impact in extreme cases. Having some form of moderation, like with everything, is key. Remember there is a real world outside of the virtual and it continues to pass by whether or not you’ve checked in to your local cafe on Foursquare.
This is such an exciting time for Tech, and with the best yet to come I’m sure I’m not alone in this sentiment. Look at the way it has both touched and ameliorated our lives, and look forward to how we will be living alongside technology in the future.