Have you ever stopped to think about how many passwords are in your head?
It’s something that they never thought to teach us in school, but then how could the teachers of the past know how complex, awe inspiring and distracting the 21st century would be for everyone?
As we find ourselves wading deeper and deeper into the 21st century, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that many of us are woefully unprepared for how to deal with the technological demands of a constantly changing world that throws new challenges at us everyday. Quite simply, we haven’t been equipped with the skills that we need to do cope in this strange new world, but do we have a choice to ignore them?
The following innovations have proven to be as useful to us as damning – could you live without any of the below? Or is your life currently being ruined by your reliance on one of them?
When Facebook first started picking up steam back in 2008 no one could have predicted how all-encompassing it was going to become. Today Facebook has 2.27 million active users who use the social network for a massive variety of activities including shopping, organising events and getting in touch with old friends. None of these things are problematic by their nature, but having access to this massive network and being able to keep tabs on the activity of so many people at once has thrown a huge number of variables into an already uncertain world.
The technological lynch-pin for the majority of users is currently the smart phone. As these devices have grown and developed companies have found more ways to engage consumers with them, unfortunately this has led to vulnerable people falling susceptible to addictions. Whereas gambling addictions have been well documented, we are yet to see a full breadth of studies that take into account the effect of mobile apps, social media apps and messaging platforms such as Snapchat on the brains of those using them.
It’s easy to forget how much technological progress has been made in the fields of technology when there are so many television shows to watch. Although there have been great leaps in the design of AC-DC power supplies and medical equipment, a large percentage of the world couldn’t care less as long they can binge watch a TV show for hours on end. Whilst the streaming giant Netflix might well be under threat from new contenders, we are still unsure about how the introduction of such easy entertainment has on consumers.
Hypochondria & Self-Help
The internet is a gateway to limitless knowledge, but not all of this information is ready to be processed and understood by normal people. A lingering stomach ache or even a particularly sore headache could quite easily be misconstrued and used as a diagnosis for a wide range of life-threatening illnesses, making the internet a dangerous place for anyone who has even the slightest hypochondriac tendencies.
Risk of Quacks and Misinformation
One of the greatest downsides to the internet is also one of it’s benefits. Thousands of people have the freedom (more or less in certain countries) to upload any kind of content that they choose. Unfortunately there is no ‘gate-keeper’ to content online and it can be all too easy for people to upload incorrect information that could mislead readers. This kind of misinformation has proven to be incredibly divisive in respect to politics and has yet to be explored fully by scientists.