Will There Be a Day When Technology Takes Over Us All?

Will There Be a Day When Know-how Takes Over Us All?

Daily Motivation

“Right now be grateful and assume how wealthy you might be. Your loved ones is priceless. Your well being is wealth. Your time is gold.” ~Unknown

The opposite day I learn a science fiction story known as “The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury. It’s about Leopard Mead, a citizen of TV-centered society, who enjoys strolling at evening.

The routine ultimately lands him a cell in a psychiatric middle as a result of no person understands why he does that. Within the television-dominated metropolis, folks don’t stroll. They’re too busy sticking their eyeballs to their screens.

I ponder if there will probably be a day when expertise takes over us all, once we turn into so depending on it that non-digital actions are thought-about irregular. A sane act is taken into account insane.

Perhaps the TV-centered society is just not fiction however already right here. Many people right now can’t reside with out our cellphone, laptop computer, or iPad. Their presence is so essential in our routine that their absence brings discomfort.

We don’t simply use digital gadgets for data consumption. We allow them to direct our life. We attain for the cellphone very first thing within the morning to examine emails, learn information, reply to textual content messages. We use our laptop computer for work, greater than eight hours per day. At evening, we do extra browsing with our cellphone, and gained’t cease till previous midnight.

Our complete life is digital-based. We are able to’t afford to lose our devices. Know-how is greater than only a technique of communication. It’s a instrument for dwelling. We want it for work, leisure, and leisure.

The price is alarming.

How Does Know-how Have an effect on Us?

1. It wreaks havoc on our well-being.

Hours of working earlier than screens places a pressure on our eyesight. Overexposure to blue gentle causes lack of sleep and physique exhaustion. To not point out the strain our again and neck must endure when sitting in a single place for too lengthy.

Browsing the online continuously additionally makes us extra vulnerable to unhealthy moods and unfavorable pondering. It’s not onerous to know why. The media is ridden with unhealthy information.

And whereas we might imagine watching TV or YouTube movies can elevate our temper, it solely helps us escape unfavorable emotions briefly. The second we cease watching, we’re again to the black temper. We’ll really feel much more bored, irritated, and depressed.

2. It ruins {our relationships}.

Extra time spent on-line additionally means much less time for these we care about most. As a substitute of enjoying with our children, speaking to them, or taking them out for an ice cream, we commit our consideration to telephones or laptops. More often than not it’s simply senseless searching on the web, studying junky information, browsing Fb, texting.

3. It kills time.

Time could seem considerable, nevertheless it’s not limitless. At the very least our time is just not limitless. It flies at lightning velocity. At some point, we’ll look again and marvel the place it went.

All this valuable time we might use to create, to watch the great thing about the world, to contribute, we squander all of it for mindlessly scrolling.

4. It masses us with data.

In case you assume time spent on-line consuming data makes you happier and extra educated, assume once more.

Info abundance is a curse, not a blessing. Extra content material is written now than ever. However it doesn’t assist us obtain our objectives sooner. Quite the opposite, it slows down our progress. We get overwhelmed and confused within the sea of content material. As a substitute of selecting to comply with one useful resource, we would find yourself utilizing too many and get misplaced in consequence.

Taking running a blog, for instance. There are tons of of assets to show us how you can weblog. If we’re not glad with one, we are able to at all times change to a different. Attempting out too many methods at a time may end up in failures.

5. It makes us too lazy to assume.

Info is so accessible, why trouble pondering when the reply we want is just one click on away? And never only one reply, hundreds of thousands of solutions exhibiting up as we hit the search button.

The way to Scale back Know-how’s Affect on Our Life?

I was an Web addict. I like writing and spent most of my time scribbling on my cellphone or iPad. I might get misplaced in on-line articles, blogs, and e-books for hours on finish. Once I obtained drained from writing or studying, I typically roamed the Web mindlessly—studying junk information, binge-watching YouTube movies, and so forth. There was a time after I favored to remain indoors. I had no thought why. I simply didn’t really feel like hanging out with associates. I favored to work and hang around on my own.

It took me some time to appreciate I used to be lacking out on an enormous a part of life. The Web, whereas good, couldn’t change the true world. If I finished searching for a second, I might see that there was a complete world to discover, new hobbies to study, attention-grabbing locations to journey, and fantastic associates to share my happiness with.

So I made a decision to surrender a big portion of my time on-line. It was onerous at first, however after I succeeded, I puzzled why it had taken me so lengthy. I began to hang around with associates extra typically, attend yoga lessons, stroll within the afternoon, and prepare dinner meals for my household. Out of the blue, I felt profound happiness in my offline hours.

I’ve to confess, throughout quarantine I’ve begun to make use of my digital gadgets quite a bit once more, largely for work and connection. However I’ve extra management over my Web use. I’m utilizing it extra mindfully now.

You are able to do it too. Nonetheless heavy you assume your expertise dependancy is, you possibly can minimize it if you wish to.

The important thing lies in consciousness. Do you utilize your digital gadgets on objective, or simply roam mindlessly?

In my expertise, moreover work and purposeful communication, nearly all of our digital time falls into the latter class. Digital gadgets are our scapegoats for unfavorable feelings. We surf Fb once we really feel bored. We watch TV once we’re depressed. And once we’re careworn, we browse the online to overlook our present wrestle.

Do they enhance our temper? Certain, however solely momentarily. After consuming them, we really really feel worse. Boredom, melancholy, and stress at the moment are coupled with guilt and disgrace.

So, pay attention to your feelings and take excellent care of them.


Cease tuning into TV or cellphone once you really feel down.

As a substitute, interact in an exercise that cultivates consciousness. Take a couple of deep breaths, stroll, see nature. It’s possible you’ll wish to apply meditation. An amazing meditation app I found just lately is The Plum Village. It’s 100 % free and full of useful practices which lets you be in contact along with your physique once more.

How about once we’re utilizing expertise for work and leisure? How can we use our digital gadgets with out being managed by them?

Once more, the secret is mindfulness.

Listed here are a couple of suggestions for working mindfully:

 Do one factor at a time. 

Right here’s a fantastic behavior I discovered from the superior eBook Focus (utterly free) by Leo Babauta, founding father of Zen Habits: Begin your day by writing down three most essential duties. Get them accomplished one after the other. Take as a lot time as obligatory for every job however keep away from multitasking (e.g. you possibly can’t write and examine your e-mail inbox each fifteen minutes).In case you work on the laptop computer, make a rule to open just one to 2 tabs whereas working. It will allow you to to remain centered and end your work sooner.

Set a time for consuming.

Consuming means checking emails, replying to textual content messages, making cellphone calls, studying books, and so forth. Right here’s the actual fact: You’ll be able to’t work whereas consuming. You’ll get distracted and find yourself utilizing extra time than wanted to get a job accomplished.

Separate the 2 processes: consuming and dealing. Whereas working, focus in your duties. Don’t change to Fb or emails. Even studying weblog posts is just not allowed. As a substitute, set a particular time for these actions. For instance, you possibly can examine emails at 11 a.m. and surf Fb from 4pm- 5pm once you’ve accomplished working.

Flip off notifications.

Swap your laptop computer to silent mode. Additionally, maintain your cellphone out of sight. It will stop distractions (cellphone calls, textual content messages, and so forth.) from reaching you.

Use Pomodoro Strategies.

Think about the duty for twenty-five minutes. Then take a five-minute break. Repeat till you end your duties.

A number of extra concepts to restrict your digital time:

  • If there’s any e-mail you haven’t learn for days, unsubscribe from it. Hold solely the necessities.
  • Watch much less TV. Watch significant films as a substitute. Or spend the additional time for a household or studying an excellent e book.
  • Restrict or cease studying information in your cellphone.
  • Do one thing you’re captivated with. In case you don’t have any hobbies moreover work, domesticate one. Language studying, enjoying an instrument, cooking, strolling. There’s lots to select from. Simply choose one and get began.
  • Hang around with associates.
  • Get pleasure from a stroll in nature.
  • Learn bodily books.
  • Apply meditation.

Know-how doesn’t must take cost of your life. You’ll be able to nonetheless use expertise with out being consumed by it. The hot button is to be conscious about it. It gained’t be simple. However be persistent. Take one step at a time.

About Naomi Pham

Naomi is a free-spirit author hoping to make a significant impression on the world by her writing. Her present curiosity is in wholesome dwelling, mindfulness and publication creation. Observe her Twitter for every day takes on these.

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