over the past couple of decades, technology has taken over our lives. It has changed the way we relate with our work, our friends and ourselves. Technological advancements have definitely made aspects of our lives easier. At the same time, it has aggravated a kind of social alienation, relative deprivation, stress and poor lifestyle choices.
Technology is here to stay, and become even more pervasive. Whether we use it to improve our quality of life or use it in a self-destructive ­manner is a choice that each of us has to make.
1 Be open to new advancements: Technological advancements have some great things to offer; there’s something for each one of us. Be open to changes.
2 Evaluate your requirements realistically: Be clear about what you need your device for, and opt for something that suits your budget and practical requirements.
3 Don’t get caught up in comparisons: Don’t compare and let your material possessions define who you are or how you feel about yourself.
4 Don’t let technology stress you out: While it’s meant to ease our lives, technology can make many people feel overwhelmed. Don’t let it become a source of ­stress.
5 Make intelligent choices: You can use technology to help you with your work or impinge on someone else’s personal space. The choice is yours.
6 Ask for help: If you’re unable to understand a feature, don’t hesitate to ask someone for help.
7 Don’t get too ­dependent on technology: People often get obsessive about technology, and in the midst of their technological ­overdependence, may lose cognizance of other aspects of their lives. Don’t let a ­technological glitch cripple you.
8 Don’t let technology replace relationships: Don’t let gadgets and play stations replace friends and family.
The author is director, ­mental health and behavioural ­sciences, Fortis Healthcare