Humanity is becoming too dependent on the internet
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 02:10
In the last two decades, humanity has reached new levels of connectivity. This is thanks to the technological advances and social trends of the Internet and its surrounding technology. Never before has an individual had such freedom, power, anonymity and knowledge in the palm of their hands.
Yet, in true human nature, our increasingly needy palms show signs of dependency on this technology we’ve so zealously built our society around. While this is an aspect we tend to avoid acknowledging. It’s not something we can ignore any longer.
There’s no arguing that we’ve grown dependent on the Internet. Trying to function normally for a single day without it is practically impossible. Many habitually stare into some form of a screen for more of the day then they don’t.
However, we must not use this technology as a scapegoat. How can we possibly blame what has allowed for the growth of this truly idiosyncratic culture? Online businesses and individuals have flourished through this digital platform while at the same time improved the experience for their customers and fans.
It’s a place where anyone, no matter how abnormal and isolated they may feel, can connect with others just like themselves. The Internet may just be humanity’s magnum opus.
So who’s responsible for this addiction? Well, us of course. When given this power of nearly infinite possibilities and wisdom, we have created a society with a maximum attention span of seven seconds translating to 140 characters of text. Social media has shown us countless examples of the terrors one can easily create for others within these digitally artificial lives so many carefully craft for themselves.
Sites such as Facebook have revealed many ugly sides of human nature ranging from cyber-bullying to sexual discrimination, which in extreme cases have led to the victim’s suicide.
We’re manufacturing a generation of desensitized men with the endless porn, often protected by simplistic, age-gated systems. Pornography has left an older generation of “sexually addicted” men limp and reliant on medication to simply perform their basic reproductive role.
Speaking of lasting images, anyone who knows the term NSFW can speak for desensitizing content. Humankind has even devised sites openly promoting adultery and the destruction of relationships.
Never before has intellectual properties in all forms of media been so easy to steal.
There are even places where drug dealers, child pornographers, terrorists and murder-for-hires have freely operated for years. The effect our dependency has on the Internet is nauseatingly ironic. The more we rely on what is arguably humanity’s crowning achievement, the more apparent human ignorance becomes.
As dependency continues to grow, so does unease over our future. With a number of promising breakthroughs just beyond the horizon, it will be interesting to see how we handle the roadblocks that lie ahead. In a country where freedom serves as a cornerstone, recent history reminds us of the lingering tension between the U.S. citizens and their government over Internet censorship.
Going forward as human beings, we need to remain conscious of our dependency on the Internet as more complex issues are bound to arise. As a society, we need to set boundaries and draw clear lines on where we stand at some point. We created technology to be used by us and not the other way around.