Can technology become a parasite of human culture?

We can­not deny that one of the man-made tech­nolo­gies could be like a par­a­site of the human cul­ture. For exam­ple, some peo­ple are afraid of machin­ery tak­ing over their jobs because they fear that they will be out of a job. Oth­er peo­ple also see tech­nol­o­gy as a par­a­site which basi­cal­ly caus­es neg­a­tive effects on social inter­ac­tions and a decrease in human empathy.

In this blog post, we are going to dis­cuss the “cons and cons” of tech­nol­o­gy caus­ing it to become the par­a­site of human culture.

How can a technology be a parasite of human culture?

technology parasite of human culture
(1) It can damage human relationships

For exam­ple, a lot of peo­ple hate tech­nol­o­gy because of its neg­a­tive effects on rela­tion­ships. Tech­nol­o­gy has an impact on our rela­tion­ships in many ways such as: inter­per­son­al rela­tion­ship, per­son­al health con­di­tion and self-esteem. One of the rea­sons that tech­nol­o­gy dam­ages inter­per­son­al rela­tion­ships is because we inter­act with each oth­er over social media sites such as Face­book and Twitter. 

Social media sites have pro­vid­ed peo­ple the oppor­tu­ni­ty to keep in con­tact with oth­ers, as well as com­pare their per­son­al lives with oth­er peo­ple and friends around the world. Because of this, you will see how many peo­ple post pic­tures of their vaca­tions or cel­e­bra­tions, but they do not even men­tion their fam­i­ly mem­bers or close friends who may be liv­ing far away from them.

Social media sites are just a few that cause inter­per­son­al rela­tion­ships to be dam­aged because of the way peo­ple use it. For exam­ple, some peo­ple overuse Twit­ter because they have noth­ing to say except their own tweets. They post ran­dom tweets that have noth­ing to do with their friends or fam­i­ly. This has caused many of them to start ignor­ing their friends who may try and talk to them on Twit­ter. Because of this, many rela­tion­ships in the world have been dam­aged due to technology.

(2) It can make us feel distressed and lonely

Tech­nol­o­gy has become so big that its pres­ence can escape us even if we are present in large crowds because “see­ing it is believ­ing it”. This means that if you see a lot of peo­ple talk­ing or tex­ting on their cell phones and it is dis­rupt­ing the usu­al flow of con­ver­sa­tion, you will nat­u­ral­ly feel the need to check your own cell phone. This is because you feel the strain to be in the same place where every­one around you is con­stant­ly look­ing at their phones.

How­ev­er, tech­nol­o­gy can also cause you to feel dis­tressed and lone­ly. For exam­ple, as men­tioned ear­li­er, many peo­ple are very active on social media sites such as Face­book and Twit­ter. This is because they want to com­pare their life with oth­er peo­ple around the world and give them a detailed report of what is going on in their life. This is because so many peo­ple are liv­ing dif­fer­ent types of lives in dif­fer­ent coun­tries. They do not care about any­one else’s prob­lems. For exam­ple, if some­one has can­cer, that per­son does not need to know how much mon­ey oth­er peo­ple have or where they went on vaca­tion but he or she needs to know that the per­son who has can­cer will recov­er soon.

(3) It can make us waste time

Many peo­ple nowa­days are ask­ing more ques­tions than they used to ask when they were young because they have too much leisure time. For exam­ple, it is not uncom­mon to hear young chil­dren ask “why” to every­thing that hap­pens in their lives. How­ev­er, it is less com­mon to see old­er peo­ple ask­ing why because they tend to take things for grant­ed and accept things as a mat­ter of course.

By hav­ing too much leisure time, many peo­ple can­not think of any­thing else besides wast­ing time. For exam­ple, the younger gen­er­a­tion is inter­est­ed in hav­ing a lot of fun with oth­ers and using social media sites so they can com­mu­ni­cate with oth­ers all over the world. They are not inter­est­ed in learn­ing how to become suc­cess­ful entre­pre­neurs or how to start their own busi­ness where they can become rich and famous. Instead, they val­ue mate­ri­al­is­tic things more than oth­er things such as self-aware­ness and inter­per­son­al relationships.

(4) It can make us lose our own culture

Anoth­er rea­son why tech­nol­o­gy could be con­sid­ered a par­a­site of human cul­ture is because it can make us lose our own cul­ture. For exam­ple, many peo­ple are going over­seas to work, and they do not want to learn the lan­guage of that coun­try. They want to live in the same way they lived back home even if the way of life that is “Amer­i­can­iza­tion” does not belong in the rest of the world. This will cause them to lose their Amer­i­can cul­ture due to Amer­i­can­iza­tion, but they do not care about it because they have no sense of belong­ing from one place to another.

(5) It can drive people crazy

In today’s fast-paced world, there are many things that dri­ve peo­ple crazy. For exam­ple, social media sites such as Face­book are used by many peo­ple all the time while they bare­ly com­mu­ni­cate with oth­ers. This makes it hard for them to devel­op rela­tion­ships with oth­ers, so they end up get­ting frus­trat­ed when they do not have their way of com­mu­ni­ca­tion back.

Tech­nol­o­gy can also make us look crazy because we are too eager to keep up with it. For exam­ple, most of us use our cell phones more than we talk with oth­ers and even more than we sleep in a day. This is because we want to be updat­ed with the lat­est news, trends and tech­nol­o­gy as soon as pos­si­ble. Tech­nol­o­gy can dri­ve us crazy some­times because we are too eager to keep up with it or too impa­tient when things don’t go our way. It is a part of human nature that once we start doing some­thing, we usu­al­ly get addict­ed to it until there is no turn­ing back.

(6) It can make us feel insecure

Peo­ple nowa­days have start­ed to make use of tech­nol­o­gy so much but they do not care about any­thing else except for how their loved ones are doing in their lives and what kind of devices they have in their hands. This is because they feel inse­cure and they do not have the con­fi­dence to meet their loved ones or talk to them in per­son. Instead, they spend their time look­ing at social media sites to see if every­thing is fine with them.

(7) It can disconnect us from ourselves

Anoth­er rea­son why tech­nol­o­gy can be con­sid­ered a par­a­site of human cul­ture is because it can dis­con­nect us from our­selves. For exam­ple, when you are using your cell phone all the time instead of doing some­thing use­ful with it, you will not real­ize that this habit of yours could harm your health. In today’s fast-paced world, many peo­ple spend too much time star­ing at cell phones instead of sit­ting down in front of a com­put­er and doing some­thing pro­duc­tive with it. They do not know that they need to stop star­ing at a cell phone although they bare­ly use it at all. They do not real­ize that their cell phones are slow­ing them down and mak­ing them feel sluggish.

(8) It can cause more harm and pain

Tech­nol­o­gy can cause more harm and pain to human­i­ty because of the way we use it. For exam­ple, many peo­ple nowa­days have become addict­ed to tech­nol­o­gy such as social media sites, Inter­net sites and mobile phone apps so much so that they do not care about any­thing else in their lives any­more. This is because of the easy access to infor­ma­tion from these tech­nolo­gies as well as the con­ve­nience of using them any­where and any­time any­where in the world.

When peo­ple get addict­ed to a gad­get, they can for­get that they are human beings with feel­ings and emo­tions and they can lose their lives. They will become too pre­oc­cu­pied with the gad­gets they are addict­ed to that they may use them up all the way until the point where they do not have any more harm in their lives. Tech­nol­o­gy can cause this type of prob­lem because it keeps us pre­oc­cu­pied with our­selves on a dai­ly basis and we tend to neglect every­thing else in our lives. For exam­ple, there are many peo­ple out there who spend most of their time work­ing on their cell phones instead of doing any­thing use­ful with it.

The Parasite “technology” could also cause the following harms:
  • -Lost of love, rela­tion­ships and life goals
  • -Los­ing of one’s cul­ture and iden­ti­ty by becom­ing too pre­oc­cu­pied with technology
  • -Inse­cu­ri­ty and bore­dom if we are too pre­oc­cu­pied with tech­nol­o­gy instead of being present in our own lives
  • -Pain and harm to our health if we get addict­ed to it.

To find out whether a tech­nol­o­gy is a par­a­site tech­nol­o­gy or not, you need to con­sid­er this arti­cle: Is tech­nol­o­gy help­ful or harm­ful for people?

So, a tech­nol­o­gy can cer­tain­ly be a par­a­site tech­nol­o­gy that is dan­ger­ous to our own lives. It can cause us harm and pain in the end. If a tech­nol­o­gy is not use­ful or help­ful for peo­ple, it is def­i­nite­ly a good idea to start hav­ing it elim­i­nat­ed or at least restricted.

Read: Can I trust my mem­o­ry of the past?

After all, there are ample of things we can do here on Earth with our own two hands so how can a tech­nol­o­gy be a par­a­site of human life if we use it? If a tech­nol­o­gy is liv­ing well in soci­ety and it is not harm­ful to oth­ers, there should be no rea­son why we need to have it elim­i­nat­ed. At this point, those who are forced by law to use the tech­nol­o­gy should still have the right to choose whether they want or not because they can always opt out of using them if they wish so.

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