Technology Creates Social Isolation and Neurosis Amanda Cook Social Impact of Technology Emily Brett
How often have you avoided HOW OFTEN… someone by quickly checking your phone or turning on your IPod to listen to music? How often do you stay at home to watch TV, play video games, or go on computer rather than go out with friends? How often do you check your FaceBook page while hanging out with friends or even at a party?
Today, technology can have a negative affect on any one,especially the younger generations. This can cause isolation andneurosis in our society. Sherry Turkle, a MIT professor and clinical psychologist, says social networks “don’t change what we do, they change who we are” Society has changed in many ways with new inventions that allow us easier and quicker communication and better time management in our lives.GOOD OR BAD?
SOCIAL ISOLATION NEUROSIS The virtual absence of Any of various mental or interaction with others, emotional disorders involving outside of that required to symptoms such as perform basic life functions insecurity, anxiety, such as the following; depression, and irrational• School fears.• Work• EntertainmentDEFINITIONS
Examples of how Technology can cause WHAT Social Isolation and Neurosis in our CREATES IT? society; People today are more Media; how we perceive ourselves connected to one (Magazines, TV, Movies) another than ever Social Media; keeping in touch with our before in human “friends” (Facebook, Twitter) history. However, they Cell Phones; texting instead of actual are more lonely and conversions (I Phones, Blackberries) distant than ever says Video Games; Playing online with Turkle. “friends” (COD)
Teenagers who use Facebook more often show narcissistic tendencies while youngadults who have a strong Facebook presence show more signs of other psychologicaldisorders, including antisocial behaviors, mania, and aggressive tendencies.Daily overuse of media and technology has a negative effect on the health of allchildren, preteens, and teenagers by making them more prone to anxiety, depression,and other psychological disorders, as well as by making them more susceptible tofuture health problems.Facebook can be distracting and can negatively impact learning. Studies found thatmiddle school, high school, and college students who checked Facebook at least onceduring a 15-minute study period achieved lower grades.DOWN SIDEOF TECHNOLGY
McPerson, Smith-Lovin and Brashears of University of Arizona andDuke found the following;Social isolation is growing at a high rate in America. A quarter ofAmericans say they have no one to discuss personal problemswith, which is more than double the number found in a 1985study. Why has this problem increased? • Vast New Technology? • Naïve? • Lack of Social Interactions?STUDY - isolation
Dr. Block found that addiction can be identified as causing compulsive-impulsive disorders Checking e-mails constantly Thinking your phone is vibrating South Korea has a serious health problem due to internet addiction. According to The New York time, “Up to 30% of South Koreans under 18, or about 2.4 million people, are at risk of Internet Addiction”STUDY – addiction
Simone Back, a Brighton, U.K. women, announced her suicide on herfacebook status. None of her more than 1000 “friends” contacted herfrom her posting. Many simply argued with one another on her wall if itwas legitimate and whether or not she had the freedom of choice to killherself.This story shows how many friendspeople actually have and is sad tosee society behave in this manner.How many friends on your ownFaceBook do you consider actual friends?FACEBOOK “FRIENDS”
Common examples of people isolating themselves with the use of Technology. People on the phone during dinner (parents & kids) Group of kids walking to school listening to their IPods Texting and checking e-mails during class or at work People need to re-learn how to communicate with others such as in the previous examples. General life situations like those shouldn’t be taking advantage of while people could be gaining better relationships with others and themselves.
“Technology is the knack of so arranging the world so that we dont have to experience it.” Max FrischQUOTE
I do not believe technology is necessarily the problem, however I thinkpeople need to figure out and control their technology intake and usage.We need to be able to maintain actual relationships with others but stillenjoy the benefits of new technology. By simply putting our phones away,turning the computer off, or putting down the remote, we could gainbetter lifestyles by spending time with the people around us. This couldultimately help reduce social isolation and neurosis in our society.IN CONCLUSION
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