Back to Page Authors: Ruth Harry

Keywords: education, dependence, undue, technology

Abstract: There’s no doubt that the exponential growth of technology has benefited society, but there is a darker side to the rise of the machine. Based on a 2013 British study, 51 percent of surveyed individuals admitted to suffering from “extreme tech anxiety” when separated from their devices such as smart phones or tablets. As people become more and more technologically connected, some are concerned that we are losing important aspects of the human experience, becoming impatient, impulsive, forgetful and even narcissistic. That’s why experts are questioning society’s dependence on technology: what it is, how it happened and what we can do to mitigate the risks of dependency during a time of tech advancement.