|Posted in Technology on 17 Jun 2014
‘Put down your phone and take a break' they say, ‘it'll be fun' they sayâ€¦ Be careful, don't do it!
What's the obsession with this modern fulfillment for a ‘tech detox' anyway? Maybe that's what's actually hazardous for our health.
Desperate (AND dateless)
People take ‘tech detoxes' to get out there and meet others, to socialise. But isn't that what technology does anyway but on an even greater scale? First it brought lonely nerds together and then followed geeks, gamers, singles and the rest of the world followed in that general order.
Technology has given us the ability to make targeted friends with real common interests. Remove the evolution of tech, and making new friends becomes convoluted. The same goes for successful procreation.
Shopping for everything
Speaking of being exhausted, how can you be tired of tech when the couch can become a comprehensive shopping outing? Imagine if all retail experiences felt like a claustrophobic shopping center on a busy Christmas Eve. That's how many Gen X'ers explain shopping before tech. If you're looking for more time then you need more tech – not less.
No sense of direction
Let's face it; tech gives us the ability to see what everyone else on earth is doing in life. It helps us understand our place in the world and what we really want to achieve. No tech means no ability to research our dream career, or no way of figuring out that we really need to move to LA to become a rich and famous TV star. No tech, no hope.
People say you shouldn't turn to Dr Google to self-diagnose. But what if Dr Google just happened to have the answer to that mysterious rash or could help you map out the nearest hospital when you're in desperate need?
No access to this kind of information can make people feel anxious and could be the difference between life or death. What's worse than too much information? No information at all. Thank you Dr Google for your extensive image search – you're doing the health system a real favour.
Our DIY misconception
Technology is accused of breeding young adults, who are missing a ‘hands on' gene. If that's so, then why is one of the most searched phrases, ‘how do I?' That's proof people haven't really changed. They're just doing things differently. ‘Read a book' they said, ‘you might learn something' they said. It's no wonder this doesn't resonate. Why learn, when you have ‘how do I?' searches at your fingertips.
Being absorbed in technology means you have more time to simply enjoy the things you love.