TECHNOLOGY CREATES SOCIAL
ISOLATION AND NEUROSIS
KAYLA BROWN & ERICA MAWHINNEY
Technology that causes social isolation and neurosis
Pros of technology
Cons of technology
Technology in the future
“Social isolation is characterized by a lack of
contact with other people in normal daily
living – in the workplace, with friends, and in
- The Conference Board of Canada, 2012
A behavioural disorder where feelings of
anxiety, obsessional thoughts, compulsive
acts, anger, mental confusion and low sense
of self-worth are experienced
In a 2011 national survey...
•40% of iPhone users would give up their toothbrush for a week before their
•83% of iPhone users said other iPhone users would make the best romantic
•Half of all adults surveyed said they sleep with their phone.
•1/3 of mobile phone users would give up sex before their phone.
•55% of adults said caffeine would be given up before their phone.
•63% of survey respondents would give up chocolate for their phone.
•70% of people said they’d rather give up alcohol before their phone.
•One in five people said they’d go shoeless rather than phoneless for a week.
Cellular devices: Instead of having actual face to face conversations,
texting is replacing this.
Television: Each day, hours are spent in front of screens watching others
live out lives instead of us living out our own.
Computers: Whether it is playing a game or surfing the web, many of us
spend hours in front of our laptop and computer screens each day.
Social Media: Each and every days millions of people spend hours of the
days updating statuses, posting photos, and reading others thoughts.
Video Games: Many people spend their day in front of a screen which
takes away from interaction with others.
TECHNOLOGY THAT CAUSES SOCIAL
ISOLATION AND NEUROSIS
You are able to stay in touch with family and friends
Keeps people in touch with one another
Spread news, ideas and message quick
Find out information in a matter of seconds
Gives you the ability to meet new people
Gives you the ability to talk to many people at once
PROS OF TECHNOLOGY
Become disconnected from the world around you
May become addicted to internet and social media
People become reliant on these technologies, and do not know what to do
with their time when they are unable to access the technologies
Anonymity of the internet allows for things such as cyber bullying and
distribution of child pornography
CONS OF TECHNOLOGY
Technology will continue t advance through the years, making it possible to do
things we could never do before. There is really no way to know what kind of
technologies will be available in the future, but it is safe to assume that it will
become more impressive and able to do things that we never though possible.
We as humans need to learn to grow with this technology so it doesn’t gain
power over us. While we have learned how to make these technologies, we
need to adapt our lives to be able to control ourselves so they do not become
a source of addiction.
TECHNOLOGY IN THE FUTURE
As technology increases, so will the impact on society. Individuals need to
learn how to balance all aspects of their lives when it comes to social
interactions and technology. Technology will continue to influence our lives,
and we as humans will have to learn how to grow with the technology, and not
let it control our lives. Too much time spent on technological devices can be
harmful, but in moderation it will be beneficial. There is no doubt that
technology improves our lives, as it allows us to do many things that we
couldn’t otherwise do. Learning how to balance our time spent using
technology with interacting with each other is key.
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