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7 Reasons Why Technology Is Ruining Our Lives

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7 Reasons Why Technology Is Ruining Our Lives

Technology is changing the way we live, but that doesn’t mean we have to love it all the time. In fact, there are plenty of ways in which it has made our lives worse, leaving us longing for the good old days when we talked to people instead of our phones. Here are the things that irk us the most about tech:

Meeting someone new in a bar is considered “unusual”

In the “dark ages”, meeting someone online was the kind of thing you only did if you were desperate. According to a eHarmony Relationship Study, finding your partner online is quickly catching up to more “traditional” ways of meeting partners. In the past, anyone sitting behind a computer screen was assumed to be a serial killer or not to be trusted. Nowadays, however, if you haven’t met someone through Tinder or at least run a Google search on them before the first date, you’re in the minority. The study found that 69 percent of people admit to doing the Google background check on their date. Meeting someone in a bar, completely unvetted, is now considered unusual. It’s as though that initial spark can only exist if someone makes you laugh on Facebook.

Disconnects us from our social lives

Even though social media claims to “connect” us, we aren’t connected. Is sitting in one room by lonesome, supposed to make us feel emotionally connected with a person from another part of the world? By socially communicating with someone online we aren’t making friendships and relationships with the people in our daily lives. Get out of the world of social media and start hugging random people on the street. Of course they’ll think you’re the weirdest person alive but at least their shouting is somewhat of a real life conversation.

You can’t do crazy stuff without someone taking a selfie at the next table and posting online

We have all had or news feeds clogged with a selfie of the same person with same pose over and over again. These are the worst people in society, and almost make it worth turning off the power and returning to the Dark Ages. Beware of them..stay away.

Our perspective on lateness has changed

How can you be late when every new gadget, from bedside radio to phone to central heating control system has an alarm on it? Even in our communication with friends and family this concept has changed and If you haven’t responded to your WhatsApp group in over half an hour, people assume you’ve been killed in some tragic accident. Everyone has a phone permanently stuck to their hand these days and everyone expects an immediate response.

Emojis & Emoticons & the English Language

Emojis are little smiley face icons used to show various emotions and can illustrate just about  anything, from a clown or a ninja to a screaming cat. They have become so popular with young people who communicate by texting and emailing, that some Emoji experts converse only through pictographs. It won’t be long before words are totally extinct, replaced by little yellow crying/laughing/eating/babbling faces and tiny pixelated.

Dependency on Technology

Is Technology an addiction? Let’ see, you’ve become dependent on your Nespresso machine in the morning, microwave breakfast burritos, smart phone on your break, your computer at work, and you’re TV when you get home. There’s nothing more important then your technology. You can’t function properly without it. It’s like a drug. You’ve become addicted and lets face it, you need help. It’s time to step back and go to a Technology Anonymous meeting and realize that technology does not control your life.

Technology has ruined table quizzes

Google knows everything. For table quizzes, let us suggest a mandatory airport scanner and all smartphones left for collection later.

Health and Lifestyle

TVs, computers, and smart phones will keep you on your butt forever if you let them. Obesity and a myriad of other health issues associated with a less active life style can be traced back to technology. Technology has made life easier for us and therefore contributed to a lazier society. Having a paunch is seen as evidence that you’re lazy which, although it might be true, is still annoying to hear. Watch your stomach grow before your very eyes as you sit face to face with technology day after day

After Fifty Living™ was founded by Jo-Anne Lema, a genuine Boomer and member of the 50+ generation. As she likes to say, “Our enormous generation is charting new territory – we’re healthier, better educated, and more financially fit than any other generation at this time. And, as we march through history, 110 million strong – unique, new issues are developing. It’s exciting to be a part of the development and growth of AfterFiftyLiving.com. This is a historic solution for a historic generation.”

Jo-Anne spent many years in the financial and operations side of higher education after having received a doctorate in education management and administration from Harvard, and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Launching out on her own, though, has been the fulfillment of a life dream. Jo-Anne believes that “AfterFiftyLiving™ will delight its visitors, catalyze its partners, and will significantly benefit those who engage it.”

Residing in New England along with her husband of 35+ years, she never ceases to brag about her two children and 4 grandkids!

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