Technology is a huge and for many, integral part of our lives. Many of us use technology and the internet in both our work lives (Emailing and researching), pleasure (gaming, watching movies), socialising (social media), even in looking for love (dating websites and apps) and that’s without going into the more underground aspects of the use of technology (gambling, pornography).
We can see then that within the last 10 years technology has integrated itself into our lives so fully that ironically, the easiest way for me to get my views across on the subject is in fact to use the internet.
It has come to my attention that recently there has been some media focus on internet and technology addiction (For example).
With the influx of cheaper smart-phones; from Apple and Samsung to name a few, we can not only been contacted wherever we are but have the internet in our pockets 24 hours a day in full HD glory.
I am currently an addictions counsellor and with my interest in digital life I decided to look more closely into the subject – speaking to many demographics about how they use technology and looking (ironically) on the internet for any articles on the subject.
My limited research has uncovered many people who feel lost without their phones, one person stating they ‘Felt trapped without their smart-phone.’
The main theme I have found is that many people did not see it as a problem, as their friends and family use technology in the same way.
It seems then that if everyone is using it why shouldn’t I?
In fact if one opts out of using technology as prevalently as their neighbour are they at a disadvantage?
This is another theme that seems to spark the constant checking of social media sites and emails. Speaking from personal experience my inability to access my email has led to missed work opportunities.
The Therapy in London blog then seeks to look at how technology and the internet is being used or as suggested by some ‘abused’ within our society.
Now I am not looking at damming the use of technology or the internet, far from it. I am seeing clarity on the subject as I fear many of us do not realise the full extent technology grips our lives. I am hoping that by bringing it to our attention will invite us to reflect on our relationship with technology so that we are controlling it, rather than it controlling us.