Technology Creates Social Isolation and Neurosis


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Technology Creates Social Isolation and Neurosis

  1. 1. THIS PRESENTATION WILL COVER Definitions Technologies that Cause Isolation and Neurosis Isolation Internet Addiction Pros & Cons of Social Media and Technology The Internet & Social Networks – how much is too much? Conclusions What can we do? References
  2. 2. DEFINITIONS What is social isolation? An objective condition in which people interact very little with others. These can happen at home, school, work or in public. (Community New Castle, 2014)
  3. 3. DEFINITIONS CONTINUED What is neurosis? A mental and emotional disorder in which an individual experiences extreme feelings of fear or worry. This can include anxiety, indecision and interpersonal maladjustment.
  4. 4. TECHNOLOGIES THAT CAUSE ISOLATION & NEUROSIS • Cell Phones and Smart Phones • Laptops and Computers • Tablets • Video Gaming Consoles • Social Media Networks • Televisions • Headphones
  5. 5. ISOLATION People are not always alone, even when physically isolated. Paul Tillich once wrote that the word „loneliness‟ exists to express the „pain of being alone, while „solitude‟ expresses „the glory of being alone‟” (Teen Ink, 2014). Social Networking sites are not foundations but virtual worlds in which we choose to lose ourselves in. The can deprive us from human interaction but they cannot replace emotion.
  6. 6. EXAMPLES OF ISOLATION • Talking to automated response phone systems • Talk to no one as we do our banking • Make no effort to talk to people in close proximity but will chat online to people across the world • Lack of personal contact • Lack of verbal contact • Texting friends when we arrive at their houses • Texting and walking • Texting in the same room (Chocolate Fountain, 2014)
  7. 7. INTERNET ADDICTION Internet Addiction is a disorder also known as Problematic Internet use. It shows an excessive use of the internet and lack of moderation. CS Standford, 2014
  8. 8. EXAMPLE OF INTERNET ADDICTION • You are in a virtual relationship with your gadget • You speak in text language • Technology must come with you everywhere you go • You always have a screen in front of your face • You are always hearing your text tone in the back of your mind • Neck and body stiffness from sitting at a computer all day • Refreshing the page 10 times a minute • Suffering from gadget separation anxiety • You cannot imagine a world before invention of the internet • It becomes difficult to hold a regular verbal conversation
  9. 9. INTERNET & SOCIAL NETWORKS – THE FACTS • Internet Users (2012) – 2,405,518,376 • Facebook Users – 1,310,000,000 • Twitter Users – 645,750,000 • Instagram Users (active monthly) – 200,000,000 • Pinterest Users – 70,000,000 • Tumblr Users (number of blogs) – 168,000,000
  10. 10. PROS OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY • Technology increases productivity • Technology is a source of communication • Almost any question can be answered through the internet • Social networks are a great form of communication • They also allow people to stay in touch if they live far • Have the potential to bring people together • Free advertising • Can share information instantaneously
  11. 11. CONS OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY • Information displayed not suitable for all ages • Not censored • Addictive • Can cause disorders • People can steal your information • Cyber terrorism • Cyber bullying • Social Networks can be crawling with creepy stalkers
  12. 12. INTERNET & SOCIAL NETWORKS – HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? A recent study from Harvard shows that “disclosing information about oneself activates the same part of the brain that is associated with the sensation of pleasure, the same pleasure that we get from eating food, getting money or having even having sex. (Marketing, 2014). • People enjoy sharing information about each other but this can become obsessive or dangerous • In moderation the internet is a successful tool • In moderation social media is a platform for communication and staying in touch with loved ones • Excessive amounts of use are more likely to cause isolation and neurosis
  13. 13. CONCLUSIONS • Yes, technology does cause isolation and neurosis • Studies show individuals are addicted to technology in the society of modern day • Addiction leads to negative effects • Excessive use causes neurological damage • Has been know to cause disorders
  14. 14. WHAT CAN WE DO TO AVOID ISOLATION AND NEUROSIS? • Remain social in reality, cyber reality is not going anywhere any time soon • Do activities that do not involve technology • Spend time talking with friends outside of social networks • You don‟t have to bring your phone with you everywhere • Make the most of your time with family members • Use technology in moderation • Spend time outdoors • Become aware of the things around you that do not involve technology
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