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Technology Creates Social Isolation and Neurosis. By: Raja Kalsi

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Technology Creates Social Isolation andNeurosis.By: Raja Kalsi


Introduction.What is social Isolation?What is Neurosis?Who is affected? Types of technologies.Social development effects of social isolation.Addiction to technology.Pros of social media and technology.Cons of social media and technology.Steps to consider to avoid social isolation.Conclusion.References.Introduction.

There is absolutely no doubt that the advancement of technology has helped the human race in uncountable ways. Its advancements have been a tremendous help in numerous fields of all sciences. Humans, for centuries have been trying (for the most part) to help make its races day-to-day life a much better overall experience. Supporting examples can be seen all around the world for faster travel with the implementation of an aircraft as opposed to boats or ships. In the recent decades, technology has flourished into an ever-growing tree of gadgets, machinery, and weaponry just to name a few. As the late Sir. Isaac Newtons 3rd law of motion states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, likewise, with technologys motive of making things run better, faster, and cheaper, it comes with vast, life-altering drawbacks. The following presentation will put its spotlight on how technology has aided in an individual becoming socially isolated.What is Social Isolation?Social isolation refers to having almost no contact with people or society. It is when an individual zones themselves out from the society and lacks nearly complete interaction with humans. The individual relies strictly upon technological means to fulfil his or hers social interaction needs through many, widely available (rather popular) social media websites and/or smartphone applications such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat to name a few.

What is Neurosis?

Neurosis is a functional disorder where an individuals personality is dominated (to a very high degree) by the following:

Anxiety.Compulsive acts.Obsessional thoughts.Physical complaints without objective evidence of disease.

Who is affected by Social Isolation?Social isolation can target a wide variety of age groups.However, the ones under the spotlight are children, teens, and young adults as they are widely targeted by social media. These individuals mindset becomes very focused on following the newest trends that social media has to offer.

Types of technologies and social media.Cell phones.Tablets.Computers.Laptops.Video game consoles.Television.


Social development effects of social isolation.A recent study found that heavy Internet use may increase violent and aggressive behavior. The study, published in theJournal of Adolescent Health, documented the Internet use patterns of 9,405 Taiwanese teenagers. Researchers labeled 25 percent of males and 13 percent of females as Internet addicts. Among these, 37 percent reported aggressive behavior within the last year, compared to less than 23 percent for all teens. AWashington Postarticle questioned the effects of cellphone text messaging on childrens social development. The article documented the text life of a 15-year-old American girl who texts at home, at school, in the car, while her mother is drivingduring homework, after pompom practice and as she walks the family dog. The teen takes her cellphone to bed.The researchers criteria for Internet addiction included withdrawal symptomsirritability and moodiness when not online, being preoccupied with Internet activities and foregoing physical activities for more time online.Social development effects of social isolation continued.Internet use increases the chances of violent aggressive behavior and addiction (Real Truth, 2009) - 25 % in males - 13% in femalesWithdrawal symptoms such as irritability and moodiness (Real Truth, 2009)Impairment of developmental skills in children below three years of age (The Guardian, 2015)Interference in the ability to develop empathy, problem solving skills, social skills, sensori-motor and visual-motor skills (The Guardian, 2015)

Addiction to technology.The relationship between recent stressful life events, personality traits, perceived family functioning and Internet addiction among college students.

Comparedtonon-addicted subjects, subjects with severe Internet addiction (10% of the sample) had worse family functioning, lower extraversion, higher neuroticism, and a history of more stressful life events.Yan, 2014In a Chinese study, the prevalence rate of internet addiction was 6.0% among teen internet users. School, interpersonal, and anxiety problems were associated with a higher risk for internet addiction.Tang et al., 2014

Pros of technology. Enhanced way of life through discoveries with technology: computers have helped educational institutes, allowing students to access information on a global scale(Small Business, n.d.)Work that was dependent on human labor is now benefiting from technology as it decreases cost and extensive labor(Small Business, n.d.)The medical field has benefited from technology through research and inventions (Small Business, n.d.)Technology has improved communication through many means such as emails, online conferences, social networking platforms, smartphones, fax machines, etc. (Use of Technology, 2013)Technology has made traveling more convenient allowing us to travel greater distances in shorter time periods, which is increasingly beneficial in the business world(Use of Technology, 2013)

Cons of technology. Society has become dependent on technology, especially computers and smartphones, making them less self-reliant(Small Business, n.d.)Technology has devalued human work and abilities by taking over jobs and duties that were once conducted by man (Small Business, n.d.)Technology has made individuals less competent because of the reliance on technology (Use of Technology, 2013)Technology is increasingly the cause of isolation and loneliness which further develops into psychological disorders as individuals spend an increased amount of time on social networking websites and online gaming while neglecting their surrounding reality (Use of Technology, 2013)

Steps to consider to avoid social isolation.Management maintaining a positive and welcoming environment for those suffering from social isolation, allowing them to come together as a group and seeing group therapy (Patient, 2013)Activities occupying oneself with physical, socially interactive, and mental activities aside from technology allows one to interact more with reality than virtually (Patient, 2013)Specialist groups seeking counselling in local group therapies, telephone advisory lines, literature and trained counsellors (Patient, 2013)Create a bucket-program where all friends and family leave their cell phones in the bucket for the night they are spending together.

Conclusion.Although technology has helped with many aspects of a humans daily life; on the contrary, we also learned how detrimental its effects can be if it is abused. Nonetheless, there is hope for change, a better change. Individuals can help themselves (and others) through many ways such as creating a bucket-program where all friends and family leave their cell phones in the bucket while together for the night.

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