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Technology is Killing Us

Randy DeVaul

Posted on August 30, 2018 22:53

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Advances in technology have not made us smarter or less stressed. It has done just the opposite. Compared to just 30 years ago, we are dumber, fatter, less active and more seriously ill than we have ever been. The madness must stop!

I remember going to Disneyland in the mid-1960s. One exhibit was a circular stage that displayed how technology was going to simplify and make our lives easier. Even as a child, I was fascinated with what might actually be possible but it was still more than my mind could grasp. 

Seeing robots and machines that promised to cut our workload and give us a life of ease was intriguing. We were all eager to see it happen and excited to believe that it could happen. So, what went wrong?

As technology progressed, we fell into a techno-trap. We began to see that these marvelous inventions could allow us to do things quicker, which meant we could do more. There was no discussion about getting done early with work but rather how much more could be done in less time.

Instead of technology saving us from work, we decided it was better to do more work. The workaholics were able to continue to be workaholics, only now they could find more work to do within the same amount of time. The technology progression put us into more of a tailspin with greater expectations, greater output, and, yes, greater stress.

Today, we are reaping what we have sown.  Kids no longer learn how to solve problems because there is a machine or calculator that will do it for them. Learning is no longer important because we can learn about anything we want simply by asking the internet.

We have become technology-dependent with our “smart” phones that can now work like a computer, search for answers to questions we don’t really need to ask, take photographs and videos that makes us believe we are all commercial-grade professional photographers, and still answer the phone – all the time, non-stop, without a break. We now have games that create our own virtual world so we believe we are as good at doing the real activities as we are with our joysticks.

Today, we have gaming addictions. We have learned that our smart phones give people brain, liver, and kidney cancer because of exposures to frequencies and emitting them while holding them next to our brains or holstering them next to our vital organs. We no longer have kids or adults as active in outdoor sports that used to keep us healthy without even realizing it because we were having so much fun playing, exercising, and socializing with our peers.

We now have generations of people with no social skills because they text rather than converse. For as smart as our phones may be, we now have people who spell in “text-write” instead of using correct spelling, grammar, or punctuation.

Technology, as smart as it is, has really dummied us down. It has exposed us to hazards for which we still do not know the affects it will have on our health. Technology should be a tool, but it has become a control. It is killing us with each new advance.

Randy DeVaul

Posted on August 30, 2018 22:53

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