The technological dependence in a person: what is it?

How many devices do you currently have on hand? How often in the last hour did you check your accounts on social networks? It may seem that the answers to these questions are not related, but the dependence on the technology is becoming more real and can have terrible consequences. You will learn about this and much more in this article.

The American technology company TeleNav conducted a survey, according to which more than half of Americans would rather refuse for a week from chocolate, alcohol and coffee than to temporarily divorce their phones.


The dependence from modern technology

Even a few days without a mobile phone and internet can turn life into hell. It’s scary even to imagine that there is no way to call because often the only contact data or useful information is on the mobile phone. Without the Internet there is a sense of isolation from the outside world since you cannot check an email, enter the desired address such as and cannot look the social network, even now you have to guess the weather forecast.

People have a new type of addiction – technological. According to a study published in the PLOS ONE magazine, people who are addicted to the Internet may have chemical changes in the brain, similar to those of alcoholics and drug addicts. And that’s just on the Internet – think about all the other technologies that we are exposed every day.

Alcohol and drug addiction have long been recognized as a disease, but the dependence on technology is still considered the norm. After all, it manifests itself only fatigue, although people who spend most of their lives on the network are prone to mental disorders.

Nowadays older people are more dependent on television, and young people depend on the Internet and mobile phones. The lives of children are closely linked to social networks and online games. Very often the Internet replaces real life with many people. When a person begins to understand that he is dependent on something, he automatically exits one harmful dependency of another. That is the person who thinks he needs to get rid of internet dependency switches on television or telephony.

Four types of technological dependencies

  • Phantom Vibration Syndrome

Did you have the feeling that your phone vibrates, you grab it, and it’s not active? This is what many call “phantom vibration syndrome”.  People suffering from this syndrome can “feel” their device even if it is in another room. The name itself is most likely borrowed from the syndrome of phantom limbs – which one who has lost his limb, sensory hallucinations as if it is still functioning. This is also the case with phantom vibration syndrome when a person perceives the phones as a continuation of himself.

  • Internet addiction

Internet addiction or Internet addiction is an indispensable desire to use the Internet in such a way that it starts to interfere with everyday life. Studies show that Internet passion can lead to the same type of social problem as other established dependencies, such as gambling. It is important to note, however, that Internet addiction is not yet recognized as a medical disorder. In 2008, in an editorial in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Dr Gerald J. Block wrote that Internet addiction may be characterized by excessive use of the Web, a withdrawal syndrome after abrupt termination of use and negative effects, such as fatigue. The pathological use of the Internet can also lead to serious depression.

  • Dependence on social networks

Being one of the varieties of online dependencies, social network dependency is probably one of the most widespread technological dependencies of recent times. People are constantly sitting in social networks and even just browsing the photos of friends.

  • Game addiction

Game addiction, as well as Internet or computer addiction, is characterized by interference with games in aspects of life, and along with it is not officially considered a disorder. However, the excessive use of video games already leads to terrible consequences.

Technologies make people more impulsive, restless and impatient. The negative effect on the human nervous system is caused by slow communication, technical failures, computer viruses, breakdowns of mobile phones, loss of data stored on different media. Even large organizations are fully in the hands of technology, because they all work with a client-bank, accept online orders through the Internet, and use satellite navigation, which allows you to track the location of an object.

If suddenly at one point all the machinery will cease to function, all activity of the enterprise will be paralyzed. Even due to the elemental shutdown of light, any work will be stopped. It would be worth, nevertheless, part of the time spent chatting or hold phone conversations with your loved ones, forget about the time about emails and calls from work. After all, life goes on both the computer and the phone in hand.

About Harshit Jain

Harshit Jain is a tech-savvy blogger. He is graduated from Mumbai University. He likes to share his knowledge through his own blog at TripoSoft, Best Beard Trimmer, Best Electric Toothbrush & TechHug as well as by writing guest articles on other blogging sites. Follow him on Facebook, Google+, Twitter.

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