Technology and America

Technology is advancing every day. New gadgets are constantly coming out to keep up with societies needs and demands for all type of electronics. However, nobody really notices the everlasting addiction and problems that come with it that they are creating for themselves whenever they purchase an electronic. These addictions are beginning to develop not only amongst teens and adults, but children too. Some effects of the overuse of technology are anxiety, depression, obesity, sleep disorders, and social disorders. Studies show that the consumption of technology has drastically increased since the 1990’s. Hours of consumption grew at just over 5% a year from 2008-2013 and rate of hours of consumption is expected to be at fifteen and half hours in 2015. But how is this negatively effecting our population? It is causing our population to develop addictions. These very addictions are causing problems for individuals all over the nation physically and mentally such as; depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, social disorders, and obesity. Not only are the effects of the addictions bad, but the addiction people develop begins to be a distraction for them in every day life. Todd Palmer, president and skilled trades recruiter of the incorporation Diversified, is an example of an employer who has recognized the addiction of technology and the problems that they can have in the workplace, especially when trying to attain a job.

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Palmers tweet represents a significant form of awareness of the addiction to technology because as an employer, he is acknowledging the fact that using your cell phone during an interview will severely diminish your chances of getting hired and he is letting his followers know that. It also serves as a superb exemplar because it demonstrates what employers are starting to look for when hiring individuals.

Technology is distracting us left and right with all of the new tv’s, computers, phones, and more. With the increasing rate of consumption, technology users are are continually setting themselves back from living their lives to the fullest and they are creating an imbalance in their use of time management. Whether it is in the work place or not, technology addiction can effect an individual’s sustainability to a balanced life in five ways, with those being; intellectually, economically, socially, physically, and philosophically. The following video focuses on the balance of these five factors that individuals should attain to balance in order to live a sustainable life.

The amount of technology that people are being absorbed by everyday is beginning to be absurd and the companies that are consistently bombarding us aren’t helping. People are beginning to slowly lose competency in all five factors of the individual sustainability concept because of the addictions that are developing in our nation and they will undoubtedly result in an unhealthy lifestyle. “Only when differences between screen connections and being bodies together are seen does the grip of ‘simulation entrapment’ begin to weaken” (Essig). If people do not start realizing the importance of separation from technology, then they will only continue to be trapped in a simulation, like so:


Not only will people live unhealthy and imbalanced lives, but these imbalances will further cause problems in everyday life, whether it be in the work place or at home with family. Being able to balance your time and technology is very important to living a fulfilling life, otherwise you’ll be “trapped in a simulation” forever.

Works Cited:

Admin. “Obese Kids Playing Video Games.” 3 Sept. 2014. JPEG file.

Essig, Todd. “The Addiction Concept and Technology: Diagnosis, Metaphor, or Something Else? A Psychodynamic Point of View.” Journal of Clinical Psychology 68.11 (2012): 1175-184. Web.

Palmer, Todd (toddpalmer). “And…Don’t check your phone in an interview #addictedtotechnology.” 27 Oct. 2014, 12:44 p.m. Tweet.

Short, James E. “How Much Media? 2013 Report on American Consumers.” Marshall.usc. N.p., 2013. Web. 24 Nov. 2014.

Topics in Sustainability. “Individual Sustainability.” Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube, 5 Oct. 2013. Web. 25 Nov. 2014.




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