Written by Mattie Powers
We live in a world where almost everything within reach is digital. Technology has given us many advantages to life, from the internet to video calls with people across the world. However, along with the benefits, technology has also come with many disadvantages.
One of the many advantages of technology is the idea that everyone can stay connected with everyone, but I would argue the disadvantage is that technology actually makes us lonelier in the grand scheme of things.
First, I believe loneliness can develop when people get addicted to technology. Almost everyone uses technology in their everyday tasks, such as setting alarms, schoolwork, scheduling their week and more. However, people use it for more than these essential tasks. They play games, surf the internet, scroll through social media and watch videos. This is fine, but it is a constant use of technology and has the capability of becoming a distraction from reality.
For example, someone may be sitting with a group of friends and instead of actually talking to them, that person is focused on their phone. While the person is there physically with friends, the individual is not really there perceptually. These kinds of situations can isolate people because this habit takes them away from what is truly occurring before them, and they are missing out because they are entranced by their devices.
Second, I believe technology can make people lonely through social media. Honestly, I think social media is a whole other can of worms, but it does fall under the technology category and needs to be addressed. Social media’s purpose is to share about one’s life, see what other people are posting and connect with people all over the world, but social media could also leave people feeling depressed, anxious and, dare I say, lonely. While it’s fun to share current events, see what others are doing or watch funny videos, sometimes — and I know that I am definitely guilty of this — people just keep scrolling for hours when they could actually be out doing something. Even social media companies recognize the addiction that comes with their networks.
Take TikTok for an example. They have videos for users who are scrolling for too long that tell them to get some sleep or take a break. I feel like when the source of the problem is telling their own user to leave their platform and take a break, then it is truly problematic.
Do not get me wrong, I love technology as much as the next guy, and I do not plan on giving it up any time soon. However, it is important to recognize the dangers that come with technology’s use so that one can steer clear of them and use it wisely. So, yes, I do think technology makes people lonelier, but if used efficiently, then it can be a true asset to anyone.