Born with Technology: Technology Addiction
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
IBM President Thomas J. Watson
It seems ridiculous at the moment when the IBM president said such a word. The IBM president was wrong and I can say that there are almost no houses left without computers, tablets, mobile phones and internet. Many movies have been released that show that machines will rule the world. It has always been portrayed that machines dominate us like humans. I think differently about it. I'm not keen on the belief that machines will rule us in the future, because machines have already begun to rule us. Maybe they don't live like us, but we have the plugs and chargers, but we wonder if we really dominate them or they rule us. It is a fact that we cannot live without electronic devices. Even if there is no great dependency for us and the generations before us, the new generation Z is born into tablets.
Physiological Needs vs Virtual Needs
A baby born healthy does not go through any strange process in the process of recognizing his body, because everyone has all the organs that exist in him. Unfortunately, technological devices are treated like this. Children born into technology see technology as natural as water, food, breathing and walking, since they have never experienced the absence of technology before. Earlier generations call this phenomenon technology addiction. I even saw the one named Mr. Tablet! We can say that virtual and technological needs as well as physiological needs are almost at the first step of Maslow's needs pyramid.
Addiction or Normal Situation?
Generation Z, born into technology and capable of doing many jobs at the same time, may be strange by previous generations. But is it really an addiction or a normal situation that they have been using technology very actively from the moment they were born? This is very normal if you try to look from their frame. Technology has served them as soon as they know them, but previous generations think that children serve technology. Is this a conflict or a perceptual difference?
Addiction is an inevitable desire of individuals to repeat a certain action, although it harms their mental and physical health or social life.
Many items can be listed to understand whether something is an addiction or not, but the most important thing is whether the thing to be wondered about is whether it harms the person or not. If the distinction is harmful, if addiction does not harm, if I divide it into two as a habit, do our children born into technology experience addiction or just continue this habit? Although it may seem like an addiction for parents, it is necessary to seek expert opinion. Before the expert opinion, we can take a look at the following symptoms determined by the Green Crescent Society to get an idea.
Symptoms of technology addiction
- Spending hours saying only a few minutes.
- Lying to those around you about the time you spend in front of the screen.
- Complaining about physical problems due to using a computer for a long time.
- Behaving anonymously, preferring to talk to people over the internet rather than face to face.
- Compromising meals, classes or appointments to get online.
- Feeling guilty about spending too much time in front of your computer, while enjoying great pleasure and fluctuating between these two feelings.
- Feeling tense and empty when you are away from your computer.
- Staying at the computer until late at night.
Problems caused by technology addiction
- Physical complaints
- Burning eyes
- Pain and stiffness in the neck muscles
- Body posture disorder
- Numbness in the hand
- Social complaints
- Decline in academic achievement
- Personal, family and school issues
- Failure to handle time
- Sleeping disorders
- Not eating
- Decrease in activities
- Isolation outside of internet friends
When we look in the light of all this information, we can actually have an idea whether technology is an addiction or a habit, a necessity. The decision is yours.