Negative effects of modern technology
Perhaps there is nothing that has a bigger effect on our modern times than technology. From the telegraph to “Instagram”, from motion pictures to “YouTube” even from the steam engine to the electric car, the fields of technology is changing the world. It is through the innovation of the valiant scientists and engineers that better lives are made, or so it would seem. With all advancements there are negative effects that are overlooked like neurosis, low social interactions, and a lack of empathy.
A defect with modern technology is neurosis. Neurosis is a relatively mild mental illness that is not caused by organic disease, involving symptoms of stress: depression, anxiety, obsessive behavior, hypochondria. With access to many medical handbooks, videos and websites people believe they are unhealthier than they really are. Typing in a few symptoms on WebMD could make believe they have swine flu rather than the common cold. After posting a video online and having a couple of views, people have developed delusion of grandeur thinking they can become famous. People can even get to a point where they trust nothing and no one, locking oneself away and avoiding social interactions.
The rise of technology inversely caused a decline in the modern world in terms of social interactions. While technology has brought people from all around the world closer together, via television and the internet, people have become more distant more isolated. People walk around trapped in their own little world, listening to their mp3 players, and lose the ability to hear what is going on directly beside them. Staring at the screen of their mobile devices, waiting for an update on social media or trying to get the highest score on a game, they miss out on great opportunities like seeing an old friend or making a new acquaintance. The rise of more social media outlets cause to meet less in person and more through an electronic means. Although this...