Business_news 9 subtle ways technology is making humanity worse


Young people are losing the ability to interact face-to-face.

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  • For many of us fully immersed in the digital age, it’s hard to imagine a world before the advent of the internet, cloud storage, and smartphones.
  • Experts have found that in addition to making our lives more convenient, but there’s a negative side to technology — it can be addicting and it can hurt our communication skills.
  • Extended screen time can result in health ramifications like insomnia, eyestrain, and increased anxiety and depression.
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Technology has become so ingrained in society — and our daily lives — that it’s hard to remember what the world was like before it.

Can you imagine doing your job without the help of technology of any kind? What about communicating? Or traveling? Or entertaining yourself?

Read more: 5 major differences between the lives of millennials and baby boomers

While we owe a debt of gratitude to the brilliant minds who have gifted us such innovations, it would be shortsighted to consider technology as solely a boon to humanity. Often, it can be a bane, having both seen and unseen effects of innumerable kinds on individuals, groups, and mankind as a whole.

Here are nine ways technology has made humanity worse.

Business_news Using mobile devices and computers is bad for our posture


Smartphone slouch. Desk slump. Text neck. Whatever you call it, the way we hold ourselves when we use devices like phones, computers, and tablets isn’t healthy.

This poor posture can lead not only to back and neck issues but psychological ones as well, including lower self-esteem and mood, decreased assertiveness and productivity, and an increased tendency to recall negative things, according to a column in The New York Times.

“Your physical posture sculpts your psychological posture, and could be the key to a happier mood and greater self-confidence,” Harvard business School professor Amy Cuddy wrote in the column.

Business_news Your eyesight can also suffer from too much device usage

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Overusing digital devices can lead to issues with eyesight.

Intense device usage can exhaust your eyes and cause eye strain, according to the Mayo Clinic, and can lead to symptoms such as headaches, difficulty concentrating, and watery, dry, itchy, burning, sore, or tired eyes. Overuse can also cause blurred or double vision and increased sensitivity to light.

“The American Optometric Association calls this computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain,” according to the Mayo Clinic. “People who look at screens two or more hours in a row every day have the greatest risk of this condition.”

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Business_news Insomnia can be another side effect of digital devices

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Using your devices too much before bedtime can lead to insomnia.

That’s because of the short-wavelength, artificial blue light that digital devices emit, which delays your body’s internal clock and circadian rhythm, and suppress the release of melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

“The more electronic devices that a person uses in the evening, the harder it is to fall asleep or stay asleep,” according to the foundation. “Besides increasing your alertness at a time when you should be getting sleepy, which in turn delays your bedtime, using these devices before turning in delays the onset of REM sleep, reduces the total amount of REM sleep, and compromises alertness the next morning. Over time, these effects can add up to a significant, chronic deficiency in sleep.”

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Using tech devices is addictive, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to disengage with their technology.

In fact, the average US adult spends more than 11 hours daily in the digital world, psychologist Doreen Dodgen-Magee wrote in a column for The Washington Post. She argued that tech addiction should be classified as a diagnosable addiction.

“If Americans were interacting with anything else for 11-plus hours a day, I feel confident we’d be talking more about how that interaction shapes us,” she wrote.

Business_news And technology is leading us to sedentary lifestyles

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When we use devices for hours on end, it’s often paired with extended periods of sitting, whether at desks, on couches, or in bed.

A sedentary lifestyle leads to an increased risk of many conditions and diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, and obesity, according to the World Health Organization.

“According to WHO, 60% to 85% of people in the world — from both developed and developing countries — lead sedentary lifestyles, making it one of the more serious yet insufficiently addressed public health problems of our time,” the organization noted.

Business_news Relationships can be harmed by too much tech use

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Technology can have a negative impact on relationships, particularly when it affects how we communicate.

One of the primary issues is that misunderstandings are much more likely to occur when communicating via text or email, physician Alex Lickerman wrote in an article for Psychology Today.

“Non-verbal communication, after all, (argued by some to represent up to 40% of our in-person communication) is completely absent. Be careful how you word every electronic message you send, in whatever context,” he said.

Business_news Young people are losing the ability to interact face-to-face

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Another social skill that technology is helping to erode is young people’s ability to read body language and nuance in face-to-face encounters.

This is due to the fact that so much of their communication is done not in-person but online, wrote Mark Bauerlein, a professor of English at Emory University and author of “The Dumbest Generation: How the digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future,” in an article for The Wall Street Journal.

“We live in a culture where young people — outfitted with iPhone and laptop and devoting hours every evening from age 10 onward to messaging of one kind and another — are ever less likely to develop the ‘silent fluency’ that comes from face-to-face interaction,” he wrote.

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