My first personal experience with the digital overload was in the form of symptoms like fatigue, headache, anxiety and itchy eyes. That is how I realized that our generation is largely dependent upon the digital devices like computer, tablets, smart phones, e-readers and more. Collectively the phenomena is being called “digital overload.” I believe, humans of 21st century are desperately in need of taking a break from digital overload.
Lately I also realized that the impact of exposure to digital devices is even more, because of the fact that we engage in multi tasking and therefore use more than one device at a time. This increases not only the amount of strain on eyes, but also keeps our mind and body constantly in the state of engagement to something or another.
As I surfed over the internet for my presentation, I found that almost every Canadian belonging to the age group of below 45 years old use internet every day. In addition, it is significant to note that young demographic group belonging to age group of 15 to 24 years old was almost 100 percent engaged in digital technology usage per day (Statistics Canada, 2017). Further to add, I found that according to a recent research conducted, teenagers are most exposed to the medical disorders such as ADHD, because of the excessive smart phone use (Huffingtonpost Canada, 2018). Thus, the issue is worth the attention.
Accordingly, the preparation for the oral presentation made me aware of the severity of the problem that the digital devices are posing to the people around the globe, specially the youth. However, according to my friend as stated in the presentation, digital technology has a number of potentials in the form of real time conversations, knowledge enhancement, reducing the distance issues, enhanced mental capabilities through games and use of internet. I believe all of the above is true but would be effective only when the technology is used in the right amount and the right manner.
Thus, to conclude I would state that a technology can be efficient and can add value to the lives of humans only when used within suitable parameters of time, cost and other considerations. Hence, humans must also take break from digital devices once in a while.
Huffingtonpost Canada. (2018). Digital Overload, Smartphones Could Cause Rise In Teen ADHD Symptoms. Retrieved from: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/07/18/smartphones-adhd-study_a_23484720/
Statistics Canada. (2017). The Internet and Digital Technology. Retrieved from: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/11-627-m/11-627-m2017032-eng.htm