Modern Technology - Friend or Foe?
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.