Technology – a blessing or a curse?
Many of you will more likely oppose when we say that technology can sometimes became a curse. You may argue that technology make our life easier and more convenient. Mobile phones make communication much better, internet gives us information that was previously inaccessible, computers and tablet, televisions, video games and many more usually entertain us- it is extremely obvious that technologies indeed give us greater privilege in life that was never enjoyed by our great, great grandfathers.
But have you ever looked into the detrimental effects of technology. Sure, majority of individuals will say ‘look only into the positive’. But sad to say, failure to consider the negativities can cause you great trouble. Amongst the variety of negativities that arise due to technology is the possibility of acquiring ADD or Attention Deficient Disorder.
What is ADD?
ADD, officially called as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurobiological-based development disorder that usually affects school-age population. Individuals who suffer from this disorder may shows hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity. This may even result into permanent impairment. Proof of clinically-significant impairment is usually seen in academic, social or in occupational functioning.
Parents with children diagnosed with a sort of ADD believed that video games and televisions are often the biggest pacifiers. But this isn’t a pure rumor anymore as mental health professional nowadays are also claiming that the addictive properties of technology may be one of a contributing factors for developing ADD.
Kids do love screen and when you put them in front of Pokemon, Spongebob or allow them to play video games, they will be totally absorbed by what is in front of them. Sad to say, the extraordinary appeal of video games and TV shows or movies often rob the children’s ability to attentively focus when they’re back in the real world. Although, as of now, nobody knows how much technology can affect children but constant researches are done to answer this.
In fact, according to the study published in the Pediatrics, exposure to any kind of “screen media” has something to do with the attention problems of college students. What does this mean? ADD as a result of prolonged exposure to technology, especially screen media can compromise attentiveness even of matured individuals.
Stanford University director, Dr. Elias Aboujaoude even cited his concern about the future. According to the article he was featured, he says that we are heading down into the dark path if every person’s attention span decreased to a certain point wherein we will only have the ability to take in a hundred and forty characters just in one time. He also stated that the more people became used to tweets and bites, the less patient we’ll be when it comes to more meaningful yet complex information. We may even lose our ability to scrutinize things with nuance and depth.
Let’s face the fact- we are likely to lose interest to the reality and are unable to address what’s important. We are so much absorbed by the overwhelming technological inventions that we often lived in the realm of those. Sometimes, we became bored of reality. We lose some sense of our being. So now, ask yourself- is technology indeed a blessing or a curse.