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While we more often than not sing praises of technology and tech companies and talk a whole lot about how technological advancements have revolutionized our lives for the better on here but it is imperative to note that all this comes with a heavy price. The benefits of tech are numerous and are visible to every sane human being. 

We are living in a time where life expectancy is more than it ever has been, at the epitome of scientific advancement but to pretend that technology has only pros and no downsides would be turning a blind eye to the bitter reality that there are certain harms of tech that must not be overlooked. In this article, we will go through how technology has harmed us.

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Social isolation

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An increase in screen time and social media has lead to a decrease in face to face interactions removing meaningful relationships from people’s lives. Man is a social animal and directly or indirectly always depends on others emotionally but when friends become followers, the whole dynamic changes on how we perceive what relationships are. People are virtually connected to each other by being on their phone all day and night but to sit down and have a conversation with a close friend has become a rare sight ever since the advent of social media.

Decreased physical wellness

An increased dependence on technology and addiction to modern forms of entertainment has promoted sedentary lifestyles amongst people to an alarming degree in which their physical wellbeing is compromised due to their unhealthy habits.  Such habits include prolonged use of smartphones and sitting on computer desks for long periods of time.This greatly increases health problems simply due to the increased use of technology. Health problems of importance to note in this regard include:-

  1. obesity
  2. repetitive strain injuries
  3. digital eye strain.

Mental health problems

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Excessive use of technology has shown to lead to many mental health problems amongst people.Constant connectivity and exposure to online content can lead to feelings of inadequacy, stress, and FOMO (fear of missing out).  There are a number of ways in which use of social media can lead to mental health problems. Some of these are:-

  1. Misreading people’s feelings or taking their said things out of context breeds anxiety.
  2. Excessively worrying about likes and comments makes you anxious
  3. Social media platforms can be used to spread negativity, this leads to low self esteem and self image issues.

Cases of cyberbullying and harassment are never ending in today’s digital age. Such events can have a big toll on how people view themselves and their general wellbeing. Bullying is a precursor to self destructive tendencies being born in a person.

Privacy risks

An increased digitalization of our life has lead to a more paper less environment where a lot of information is stored online. Although such a use of technology makes life more convenient but it also exposes people to many privacy concerns they never had before. Data breaches, hacking, and identity theft continue to occur and they only seem to increase making people question whether their information is actually safe or not? Other than this, monitoring on it’s users by many companies in technology has lead to a feeling of privacy invasion amongst the masses,

Environmental impacts of technology

While technology has given us many great things but it has also given us the biggest form of waste that exists today which is e waste. which consists of dangerous materials that have the potential to pollute all water, air and soil. Additionally, the energy consumption of technology infrastructure, such as data centers and servers, contributes to carbon emissions and climate change.

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