Disadvantages Of Technology

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Today, we have universal access to information and are able to contact others all over the world. Modern technology gives us access to information in seconds and allows us to increase our communication with others. However, with this universal access comes a price. Our society has become more isolated and cut off than past generations . We are not isolated from information or technology, but from human contact and interaction. People are losing vital social skills, becoming susceptible to harmful health conditions, and are less focused on human interaction, than they are on technology. Technology is incorporated in nearly everything we do today, and because of this there is a lack of necessary social interaction between people. Our social skills have been damaged due to the impersonal communication we use, since we are unable to express body language, tone, voice, and facial expressions through technological methods. The lack of social skills and understanding of social cues leaves people inadequate and limits the amount of social interaction with others. A lack of social skills has also been shown to be harmful to one’s mental health and physical health, by increasing depression and anxiety. According to the article “The Four Negative Sides of Technology,” written by Pamela DeLoatch, a recent study on sixth graders found that “kids who had no access to electronic devices for five days were better at picking up emotions and nonverbal cues of photos of faces than the group that used their devices during that time” (DeLoatch, 2015). The excessive amount of time children spend using technology puts their social interaction and social development at risk. Children are losing vital social necessities they will need their entire lives at a worrisome rate, which makes them more isolated from their peers. Lack of social interaction and and social skills between people, caused primarily by an overuse of technology, is isolating our society. The overuse of technology puts people at risk of psychological and physical health conditions that help to further our isolation. In her article “Technology and Psychological Issues,” Liz Soltan refers to Professor Larry Rosen’s, Cal State University Dominguez Hills, recent book

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