We let ourselves become too dependent on technologies

We let ourselves become too dependent on technologies


Hello, welcome at this new vlog of Belicons. Nice that you are watching. When something goes wrong and technology is
a big part of that, for example when the emergency telephone number doesn’t work for a few
hours, or when a company has taken a look in our private data, then many people claim
that we have become too dependent on technologies. And that is partly true, for regularly we
hear that people get very nervous when they forget to take their phones with them and
there is chaos when the payment system of a certain bank doesn’t work. On top of that, there are even people who
are addicted to social media and they need therapy to get better. At the same time, I think it is too easy to
say that we have become too dependent on technologies. By saying this, we actually blame technology. It just happens to us and we are helpless
over against it. And indeed, it is not always easy to resist
the trend of letting technologies become more and more a part of our lives. When all your friends talk on WhatsApp, it’s not
easy to say that you don’t want to use WhatsApp. Moreover, this has also something to do with
our brains. When we check our phones to see whether we
have received new messages or likes, then chemicals are being produced in our brains
that give us a happy feeling. We like that feeling and thus it becomes harder
not to look at our phones. Another way in which we become more and more
dependent on technology is that we want to get rid of techniques that seem superfluous
and that cost too much effort and money. For example cash, we need to go somewhere
to draw money in order to be able to use it and it can easily be stolen. Moreover, in The Netherlands we have an air
alarm system and that needs maintenance and it’s a lot easier to warn people over the
phone when there is some disaster. However, when certain payment systems stop
working and no one has cash on him or herself, or there is a disaster but there is no air
alarm and not everyone has a mobile phone on them, then suddenly we do feel that we
have become ‘too dependent on technologies’. Well, in such a case we can blame technologies,
our brain, our friends or big tech companies. But we could also choose to fight this. We also do that when it comes to food or alcohol. We know that they aren’t good for us, but
we do like them. Because of that we choose to find a balance
between healthy and unhealthy food and we only drink at special occasions. This is not easy, but it is possible. And concerning payment systems, we can also
choose to have some cash on us. Then, if you cannot pay by bank, you are at
least able to buy the most important things. And concerning the air alarm. An alarm via mobile phones is not flawless,
so we need an alternative that is not dependent on Internet or certain equipment that not
everyone has. We can choose to do that, even when an additional
system costs extra effort and money. And in the same way, we can find alternatives
for other technologies that we might become too dependent on. What I’m trying to say is that indeed, much
of all technological developments just happen to us, but I don’t think that we are helpless
over against them. We can also choose to be less dependent on
certain technologies. That isn’t always the easiest or cheapest
way and we cannot do it all on our own, sometimes we need to protest against a certain development,
for example when we have less and less privacy, but it is possible to do something. So, do we become too dependent on technologies? I would say: we let ourselves become too dependent
on technologies. What do you think about this? Do we become too dependent on technologies? Or do we let ourselves become too dependent
on technologies? Or maybe neither of those? Let me know what you think at Facebook, Twitter,
YouTube or on Belicons. I’m curious about your opinion. Bye!

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