Are we becoming less happy in this age of technology? This is a question that can only receive justice by personal experience and practical analysis of what’s at stake in this present day of technological advancement
Technology has eaten into every stratum of human civilization. Even for simple tasks, humans are constantly depending on technology to make things easier for themselves. Our day to day activities have been modified by technology. It has impacted our communication, education, agriculture, transportation, aviation, medicine, engineering, architecture, and other areas. It is making more significant in-roads into global activities.
Technology keeps advancing at a breaknecking speed, and the main aim is to make the human experience more easier, productive, engaging and result-oriented. Over the centuries, the world has seen a lot of technological innovations that had revolutionalized the average human day to day experience. Technology has also affected the way we interact with each other physically and emotionally.
So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. [Steve] Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves. “They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”Nick Bilton
What has technology got to do with happiness?
Can you recall how you felt when you got your first smartphone or laptop? Or when your family acquired a new flagship device? I bet you couldn’t get over that feeling for a long time. Maybe once in a while, you would stop and stare at it wondering and relishing the innovation that had been put together in creating such a device.
In today’s world, where technology has become part of our every day life, many people might agree that technology has got a lot to do with happiness. That is partly true, but does it? Well, it depends on who you are; what you are; how you approach life situations and where you are.
If technology was a major deciding factor of happiness, then our ancestors were all depressed people. This makes us to seek the true meaning of what happiness is. What is happiness to you? According to Sonja Lyubomirsky in her book “The How of Happiness”, she described happiness as “the experience of joy, contentment or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.”
Technological progress or advancement seeks to create and provide ‘positive well-being’ to people at different levels of life and age. The intention of offering easy-to-use and faster methods of achieving a high level of productivity, is the utmost aim of technology. This is to enhance the ‘well-being’ of humanity. In return, it will guarantee total or near-total happiness..
Can technology make us less happy?
Technology has brought a lot of downsides, just as much as it had helped us in achieving great feats in workplace efficiency and infrastructural development. As creative and innovative our world has become, Sometimes, we have no control over what we have created, and this is the sad truth about technology: it is susceptible to failure. This is because we’re not perfect, or we become careless at some point, or technology just decides to fail us when we least expect it to. Imagine you’re working on your laptop and the application crashes suddenly, I bet you’ll feel really terrible especially if you haven’t saved what you were doing. Technology has made a lot of people sad just as it had made them happy.
Today, we face a lot of problems in the society which is actually a result of technological advancement. Technology solves a problem, and then creates more. We have more diseases to deal with now than ever, there are more addictions, more accidents, more threats to human lives and even nature and climate is having a share too of the downsides of technology. So, of course technology can make one really sad especially when you can’t do anything about the unfortunate outcomes.
How technology is affecting parenting processes
Information technology and the internet are vital areas that have changed the well-being of people globally. There are many ways people can share information across different apps and platforms within minutes to other millions. It has helped to improve how businesses are carried out locally and internationally.
The advent of the internet has helped to improve the efficiency and productivity of every workplace and organization; making things much easier and faster each day than ever before. But one big snag about the technology of the internet is its adverse effects on today’s parenting style. Achieving positive and effective parenting in the contemporary hi-tech world is becomiing cumbersome, and challenging.
This is because parents are becoming more engrossed doing one thing or the other on the internet. Many parents are neglecting their parenting roles while spending much time surfing the web. They no longer spend quality time with their children. Many parents don’t care to know or watch what their children are doing on the internet. Technology is infiltrating into the home space; depleting parental bonds and causing friction between parents and children.
Kids turn to different apps, games and platforms for succour, pleasure and entertainment. They spend hours playing video games, reading or watching harmful cotent. Sometimes, parents fail to keep tabs on how their children make use of the internet and so, a lot of issues to arise.
Today, parents are more distracted by technology-induced factors and challenges. These challenges may be emotional, social, or financial. Children face more distractions by spending more time on their iPods, iPhones, tablets, or smartphones. By this, more children are being exposed to uncensored content on the internet. Which can be injurious and damaging to their well-being.
Today’s wave of information technology poses a greater danger to the successful and effective implementation of many parenting philosophies. Excellent and effective parenting and raising responsible adults is becoming more daunting and cumbersome than ever before.
Because technology is rapidly aiding some unscrupulous internet users to post and share injurious content that can harm children’s well-being and developmental psychology. It’s no wonder there is a high rate of moral decadence in our society. It’s because of the lack of quality and effective parental guidance, supervision and control.
Will technology make people become less happy in the future?
Technological progress is at an all-time high in the 21st century than what the world had envisaged. New inventions are continually emerging almost every day. Artificial Intelligence are being developed and improved upon to carry out commands and instructions that were left to humans in the past.
Many highly industrialized nations like China, Japan, and the USA are carrying out trials of making robots to replace humans in many areas such as aeronautics, automobile, medical, hospitality, agriculture and other fields. For instance, robots can now carry out some hotel services, perform some specialized surgeries, drive cars, and articulate vehicles.
In all these, technology means pushing towards an era where many workers would be out of jobs. Where many industries would rely on robots to perform human endeavours. This will mean the loss of many jobs across the globe, rendering many people jobless and unhappy. Indeed, this will affect the well-being of many families.
Have we become less happy in this age of technology? Well, yes and no. There is no denying that technology has taken man out of the precarious stone-age challenges. It has made many activities much easier and faster. However, the continuous advancement of technology had become a threat to the society. It has proved its capacity to erode the positive gains we have made in the past.
Technology will keep on advancing, which means our civilization will become more productive and industrious. People will be happy but people will also be sad, because more challenges will be birthed into the society that will threaten the very joy that we crave for.