Each one of these inventions promises to change your life at a click of a button. Sorry, glass touch screen. The phone is Jam packed with useful or – depending on your view – useless life changing and even time saving applications- applications directing users to programs they were unaware they even required like the “phone Blower”. Well not everybody can be bothered to blow out their own birthday candles. Has the introduction of social networking through “Backbone” and “Twitter”, as well as Apple “l” gadgets, destroyed our ability to communicate face-to-face?
A survey conducted by Social Media Examiner highlighted the fact that 50% of teenagers communicate more regularly with each other via social networking or testing instead of the old fashioned face-to- face method. This is a cause for great concern. Another aspect of communication Issues with social networking Is the Idea of an overload of “friends”. Whoever would have imagined this would ever be classified as an issue? The Backbone Data Team found that the average amount of “Backbone friends” was 120, despite hundreds of users with over 1000 friends.
Is this even Seibel? How many “real” friends can anybody have? On a daily basis how many people occupying planet Earth could possibly interact with over one thousand people without the assistance of a megaphone? Whatever happened to the old saying “If you can count your best friends on one hand, count yourself lucky”. Despite the abundance of “friends”, the average teenager spends most evenings slumped on their sofa with a packet of salt and vinegar crisps trawling through their “Backbone friends” profiles, gasping for someone to “speak” to.
Unbelievably, the amounts of steered Backbone users actually outnumber the people on Earth. With some household pets such as “Hams” the Scottish Terrier a fully fledged Backbone user with over 150 friends. The crucial word In this conundrum Is “social”, obviously used as an antonym as the “Backbone generation” are probably the loneliest in history. I can also confirm as a former Backbone user that this network made me far from social and instead an anti-social monster, obsessed with those who were in my life and I had to put a stop to it! I can admit I have viewed a stranger’s holiday pictures. Fortunately, through confirmation of my real life friends – I can promise I was not the only social stranger stalker. Ability to search for anyone, anywhere, anytime and track where exactly they are and who exactly they are with. All of this “useful information” is available from social networking sites or “Phone Tracking”, an accessible application available to all phone users, with teenagers also reporting social networking sites as the environment in which they are most likely to be harassed. With 50-75 cyber stalking crimes reported in the I-J alone per year.
Many have resulted in extreme cases – murder, rape or other forms of crime. In the most recent British Crime Survey published in 2011, 18. 7% of women and 9. 3% of men said they had been stalked at some point in their lives. Moreover, fifty percent of stalkers now use the internet to contact or target their victims. A study undertaken by Flurry Mobile Analytics shows that eighty one minutes on average are spent on mobiles or other forms of modern technological inventions per day and approximately seventy four minutes are spent browsing the web. Could this e a contributing factor to obesity levels?
Obesity levels in Scotland are the second highest in the developed world. Has technology affected this figure? Expert economists at Harvard University declares that “The real culprit is technology” in regard to increasing obesity levels worldwide. A study conducted by Sociology experts at Yale University published in the “International Journal of Obesity” linked 7 to 11-year-olds’ television and computer use to a significantly increased risk to being overweight, obese and morbidly obese. The study found that children who spent 3 or ore hours a day in front of technology had an increased risk of being overweight.
Is technology killing our kids? The problem also evolves from convenience. Fast foods can be ordered and delivered within minutes from a click of a screen application. In fact, many applications have been developed so everyday tasks can be be immediately carried out through a few clicks. Morning news paper? Check. Tests shopping and delivery? Check. What to wear today that is weather appropriate? No problem, tell your phone and it will inform you of the current temperature, chance of reciprocation and the odds of wearing your willies to work.
The new technology generation is reliant on modern day devices to carry out old fashioned everyday tasks. Another problem arising as a result of modern day technology is Job replacement – as the result of the introduction of technological machines. With 98% of Jobs involving the use of a computer or electrical advances, it is clear that modern day life relies heavily on these devices. From this creates the problem that many Jobs are now undertaken by computerized machines instead of human beings within nearly every sector and industry within the global economy.
This further results in the permanent elimination of Jobs despite the problems faced as a result of the current economical climate. More than 800 million people are unemployed in the world; this figure is ever growing and Jobs replaced by technology are on the up. However, technology and social networking has boosted some sectors including marketing. Internet advertising has increased by 23% in comparison to 2010, with the online advertising Technological giants are becoming increasingly wealthier and the unemployed bank accounts becoming increasingly lower.