Technology changes the world. When your Indramat system was installed 30 years ago you conducted your business in person, you socialized with friends, family, and your community at parks, events, and public places, and you waked into stores to buy your clothing, groceries, and books. Today you can work remotely, socialize through social media, you can’t remember the last time you read anything that wasn’t digital, and you can purchase anything you want without ever leaving your home, hearing someone’s voice, or seeing someone in person.
We’re able to conduct more and more of our lives in a digital space due to our level of technology. This can make people feel alone, but is technology to blame?
Does technology make people lonely?
According to the Harvard Business Review, 40% of U.S. adults report feeling lonely. This figure has doubled since the 1980s. One of the reasons for increased loneliness is increased digitization. We are able to carry out more of every day life through a digital space.
Studies have shown an increased risk for feelings of loneliness, depression, anxiety, and social isolation with increased use of social media platforms.
There’s also literal isolation. An increasing number of people work remotely without coworkers and with little human interaction throughout the day, and social media interactions replace physical social interactions.
Technology makes it possible to work, socialize, and live our lives without seeing a face, hearing a voice, or connecting to another person on a regular basis.
Don’t blame the machines
There are certainly risks and dangers involved with technology, but we also benefit from the use of technology. Sure, social media means that people spend more time sitting by themselves and staring at screens, but it also connects us to people around the globe.
One way to alleviate technological loneliness is to prioritize people. Feeling lonely? Don’t buy your goods and groceries online — go to the store and talk to a human. Don’t count clicking a picture of a thumb or a heart as a social interaction. Make a point to see people, talk to people, and engage with people in person.
Technology is a tool — it’s not good or bad.
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