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Modern Technology - Friend or Foe?

Updated on September 27, 2012

Modern technology makes life more convenient. But at what cost?

Most people today probably could not imagine their lives without modern technology. But people who lived just a few centuries back actually did live without it. And in some ways lived better than us, I might add. Stay tuned for my subjective thoughts.

Was life better when technology was simpler?

Although there is no debating over both the usefulness and convienency of modern technology as such, different studies show that when it comes to general happiness, modern technology is not a factor. And while we all welcome the breakthroughs constantly being made in medicine for example, modern technology's effect on human relations is still questionable at best.

I think it is becoming quite obvious that the privileges provided for us by today's science and technology are corrupting our minds in terms of pure human emotions and honest communication. There are studies which show that the more time people spend communicating online, the less desire they have to communicate verbally. Handwritten letters for one have already been largely replaced with e-mails, people talk on the phone and via MSN and other social networking sites daily, without actually seeing each other face to face for months or even years. They might think that modern technology helps them stay acquainted but what it might really be doing is tearing them further apart.

Different studies have shown that despite all of the modern technology that surrounds us, we as humans are not happier than we used to be. As a matter of fact, we are actually not even as happy as we used to be. According to studies, the happiest country in the world appears to be Bhutan, which has very little or rather no modern technology at all. This clearly shows that people do not need all the latest gadgets and devices to feel good about themselves and enjoy the gift that is life. But that is just necessity... we still want them because we are used to those devices and losing them at this point would make life unneccessarily complicated.

I do think that life was better in a way when technology was simpler but I also understand that we, as humans, are always yearning for knowledge and wisdom, and are always wanting to move forward. We are prone for progress and guess what... in the end, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Modern Technology - Friend or Foe?

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    • malena10 profile image


      5 years ago

      Modern technology is sometimes good, sometimes bad thing.

    • Commandrix profile image


      6 years ago from Benson, IL

      I like technology but I'm not necessarily one of those people who has to have the latest gadget and the latest cool apps. I'd rather read a good book than play "Angry Birds" when I have some free time on my hands. But I am relying on the Internet for an income right now, so you won't catch me saying that all technology is bad.

    • rainbowbutterfl1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Modern Technology can be both beneficial and harmful. It is up to us ( user ) how we could use it for our best , after all , those are invented with the aim to bring the best to our lives but then, too much craving of the latest gadgets sometimes makes people less happy . I, personally, find my childhood happier with a physical interaction with my playmates rather than seeing today's children playing online games .

    • Vallygems1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great Lens

    • Inkhand profile image


      6 years ago

      Technology is a double-edged sword, it can benefit or harm our planet, it all depends on how we use it, so I'm sitting on the fence.

    • AllPurposePapoon profile image


      6 years ago

      I agree with your argument. I mean, are we really happier? I think not.


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