When speaking to many of my friends and peers, what has come apparent to me is how people seemingly flit from one technological innovation to another; whether that be Candy Crush to 2048, Myspace to Facebook, or even the latest laptop or television. We’re desperately looking for the next ‘thing’ to help us relax, connect to the world or take up our time.
While working with drug and alcohol clients I see a similar story of giving up one addiction and taking up another (for example, giving up cannabis and starting to drinking alcohol). I can’t help but see the parallels within the sphere of how we use technology.
As I mentioned in my previous blog, I left the Candy Crush saga behind, then saw the advert for 2048 and felt compelled to download it and play for ‘research purposes’. It seems that giving up Candy Crush had left me lacking and there was 2048 ready to pick up where I left off and sap away my time whilst giving me a nice kick of dopamine to see me through.
However, some innovations last the test of time and become accustomed into our society as they deliver something new which has not been done before. (As I looked at in my candy crush vs 2048 article)
This means that we not only incorporate these into our lives but are also seeking new mediums to spend our time. For example my partner looks at twitter, Instagram, Facebook and PInterest, on top of her text messages and missed calls. All while flitting backwards and forwards from Candy Crush to 2048.
What are we all searching for? What is this need to be this connected and to be playing the latest game?
Again, I can’t help but see the parallel between my clients, always looking for the perfect hit of heroin or crack to take them away from their lives. Drugs broaden our experiences of highs and lows which we seek to emulate and re-experience again. I would argue that this is a similar effect technology is having on us now.
By looking and playing the ‘next’ game or broadcasting on a different social medium we are trying to re-experience that new fresh feeling we had all those years ago.
What I would like to look at in more detail in the coming weeks is how this is changing the way we relate to each other and our society