Is Technology Making Us Lazy?

With all the new gadgets that we have available to us, it’s becoming increasingly easy to avoid exercise and to become complacent about our health in general. But are we really being lazy? There’s a fine line between laziness and efficiency, and many scientists believe that the nature of our technology may be pushing us over that line. This blog post examines the issue of technology making us lazy and looks at possible solutions to this problem.

Interruptions


What once required years of focus, now takes mere minutes. The near-constant distractions and productivity killers have left us feeling lazy when we finally do get the time to work. As crazy as it sounds, this question is one worth asking: are technology companies making us lazy by overstimulating us with so many apps and websites that they keep us from finishing what we start? Let’s take a look at some recent research…

Too Much Information


Today, it seems that everything is done by hand. Literally. The reach of technology has been so far-reaching that we are doing things by ourselves now. But at what cost? Recent studies show that our use of technology can lead to an inability to think for ourselves, also known as Tech Overload. How does this happen and what can be done about it?

Multitasking


Research from psychologists, educators, and computer scientists show that when we try to do two cognitively demanding tasks at the same time, our work suffers. When our brain is not able to devote full attention to any one task, both projects suffer and take twice as long. Not only does multitasking slow us down, it also causes us stress and anxiety. In addition, technology may be causing us to be more impatient because everything can be done instantly with just a few clicks of a button.

Lack of Eye Contact


According to a study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, we make eye contact less frequently with people when talking on a cell phone. This can sometimes be problematic as it reduces the effectiveness of communication and the development of relationships. For example, if you are on your phone while walking or waiting in line, you may miss someone else’s body language that might convey an important message about how to behave properly in a situation.

FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)


Many people are beginning to believe that the onslaught of new apps and technological advancements has created a culture where we spend more time connected than with actual reality. It seems many of us have turned our noses up at the idea of engaging in meaningful conversation and socializing, instead choosing to constantly text or email people rather than interacting face-to-face.

Dependency On Devices For Entertainment


I can’t think of a single instance in my life where I couldn’t find what I was looking for with one Google search. It’s made me so lazy!
-a high school student that doesn’t have to worry about writing essays, doing research or reading texts because they’re just copying and pasting from the internet
-how many people stop interacting with other people and now spend their time on the internet? it has been shown that social media can be bad for mental health and there are people who are cutting themselves off from it.

Device overuse leads to posture problems


Computers, tablets, and smartphones are taking over in homes and schools, which has led to a rise in children with posture problems. Kids don’t have the same need to use their muscles to physically interact with content as they used to when books were the only option.

Social Media Affects Mental Health


I can’t help but question if I am lagging behind when it comes to being productive and making connections. When I went home for the holidays, all of my friends told me that they constantly use social media as a form of procrastination. It turns out, I am not alone in this, and this issue is becoming more common as technology advances at a breakneck pace.

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