Our relationship with technology has grown significantly in the past two decades. We are seeing the first generation of people entering a new career who have been born with devices as a constant part of their lives.
The impact of the digital world has crept up on us, sabotaging our downtime and creating new social norms. We are even seeing new terms developed to explain the digital world. ‘Phubbing’ is a term developed to describe the act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone instead of paying attention.
Are we ignoring the impact on our brain and at what cost? Our love affair with technology is resulting in us losing our memory, our empathy, our capacity for conversation, our moments of insight and creativity and in doing so what makes us human. These might sound like bold claims and a message of doom and gloom. It’s time to take action to guard against these impacts.