Is technology as great as everyone thinks it is? What benefits has it brought humankind? It seems as though with each advent of new technology there are myriad disadvantages that keep appearing over time.
- Motorized vehicles transported us where we needed to go faster, but now we know the synthesis of oil, and the burning of fuel, contributes to air pollution.
- Electricity provided brighter light quickly, but now we know that massive amounts of energy are needed in order to produce electricity, which typically is produced by burning coal, and we know that bright lights at night negatively effect our circadian rhythms.
- The internet delivers information to our fingertips and has the potential to connect humankind in ways we have not been able to before, but now we see that it tends to alienate people and contributes to our children’s inability to focus.
So, I am conflicted. On one hand I appreciate technology and its benefits. On the other hand, I am not convinced that its benefits outweigh its disadvantages. I do have to comment that in our western society, where people are no longer living in small village-like communities, where they help and support each other, technology has provided relief for the individual household (e.g. food processors, running water, washers and dryers). However, what I notice more and more is that something that was developed to make life easier gets twisted over time to where it becomes a money maker for companies at the expense of our sovereignty, our health, the land, and other beings.
Here is a video of how technology is being used to “hack” our brains – getting us to think and feel a certain way so that we behave in a certain way (providing more money for the company). This is not surprising to me, but it is upsetting nonetheless. I have always been made to feel bad because I do not respond quickly to text messages or I do not call back as soon as the other person thinks I should. I have only recently begun to accept that part of me and even embrace it as a healthier lifestyle. If you need that extra push to stop feeling guilty, watch this; then show it to your family and friends.
To watch the full “60 Minutes” episode click here.