Technology has progressed beyond our thoughts in the last couple of decades. Nowadays, it is almost impossible to live without the use of modern technology. Just with the use of Smartphone, we can manage our bank accounts, chat with a customer service representative and even pay our bills. We don’t need to go shopping, just order anything online. If we are not going outside to do anything then obviously our face-to-face interaction with our peers is reducing day by day.
Now the question is that “Does technology make us more alone?” With the progress in technology, our person-to-person interaction became less. In this scenario of technology advancement, we did not notice that a deadly epidemic, i-e loneliness, is entering into our society or better to say in the world. We are not saying that solely technology is the reason for loneliness; we are just saying that technology is contributing much in this epidemic. With the use of social media platforms, we are densely networked than ever and still, the average of loneliness is increasing with a noticeable speed.
Technology and loneliness are moving side by side. If you are using a Smartphone then think about how many times you text or call your friends to discuss a plan of hanging out in person. We just give them a call or text them to keep in touch with them. We feel more connected with our friends by using social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. But are these platforms making us more social or does technology make us more alone? Technology and especially mobile addiction are upgrading the human condition of loneliness. Real human interaction became an endangered resource, after fast-growing social media addiction.
Technology makes us more alone as we are dependent on using our laptops, tablets, and smartphones instead of face-to-face interactions with friends or family. As we are reducing our face-to-face interactions or communication, we are going to forget the use of our basic communication skills. We remain busy all the time on our smartphones. In this era, little kids are not playing with toys rather than they need some phone or tablet for entertainment. Believe me, I don’t want to grow up my children like this.
It’s our routine to check our favorite apps in short intervals of time, but still, we feel that something is not right. We are not satisfied and feel like thirst and hunger. There is a recently coined term “FOMO” i-e, “fear of missing out”. Basically, this term means if you are busy in some task and didn’t check your social media account for ten minutes then you feel that you are missing something out. After that, we start comparing our lives and ourselves with other people how many likes we get on our Facebook or Instagram photos or other uploads.
Is it really important to see everything on your news feed without paying attention to who is sitting in front of you or who is constantly talking to you? We want to know exactly what is going on in the lives of other people through technology. This fact is really sad that we want to know about other people’s lives without focusing on our own lives, our relationships with people and our own interactions. Now we feel normal in our lives even living without friends, family or any real intimacy. This so-called advanced technology that is for our benefits is actually leading us to a risk where we will die one day of loneliness.
With the passage of time, we increase our dependency on technology and we are just giving up everything like having less-term relationships, having less sex, less meeting and a steady decrease in person to person interaction. Loneliness is increasing on a global scale due to internet miss-reality and addiction of video games, social media and time spent online. When we play a game online like Fortnite or PubG without using our genuine name, there is no gain of information or real brain food. Another problem is that we don’t aware of our loneliness and we feel like we are connected with the world and this is more terrible.
Loneliness is considered more dangerous than sedentary lifestyle, smoking, obesity, anxiety, depression and working too much. Loneliness not only lowers life expectancy but also reduce the quality of life. Loneliness is dangerous for us on a biological and cardiological level and increases the risk to other things such as mental health vulnerabilities, dangerous behaviors, and suicide. We invented the internet for the welfare and benefit of humanity but didn’t think that it might lead us to poorer mental health. With the advent of the internet in our lives, there is a number of reasons to believe that the quality of our lives has decreased. Loneliness is the signal that you are suffering from lack of connection, just as thirst is the indication of your dehydration.
Now we start realizing that our health is on stake due to the fatal mobile addiction and fake internet. Technology and loneliness is the topic that now beginning to come to light. We know that technology and loneliness have some connection. Technology is contributing to our increasing loneliness. At the same time, we can’t live without technology. The point for thinking is that are we able to find some ways that can reduce our loneliness and at the same time we can also use the technology. If we don’t start changing our behavior towards technology, we will become very alone in a short period of time. By using more and more technology, we are destroying our personal as well as social relationships. The addiction to checking our social media news feed after every five minutes is even a worse thing.
It’s our time to change our routine a little bit and become less dependent on technology. We have to start meeting with our old friends, making plans for in-person hangout, giving time to our family. It is requisite to enjoy the company of your friends, family and the loved ones around you. It’s our mistake to push technology so much in our lives and we ourselves should solve this problem. Technology is not a bad thing, but we have to control it so that it cannot tears us apart as a society.