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We’re on a fast track to unhappiness

I am writing a lot about technology because I feel strongly about it. I think the usage of technology can be a good and a bad thing. You get out what you put in. I always use my father as an example of this. He isn’t online. He only has a mobile phone and he gets on just fine.

The problem most of us have is that we’ve given too much of ourselves to it and it has a hold on us.We feel as though we need Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Whatsapp etc etc etc but we don’t. For centuries people have gotten on just fine without them. The difference is that we live in a society where we need instant gratification. We’ve conditioned our brains to crave attention and stimulation but we’re on a fast track to unhappiness because of it.

I have taken multiple steps to minimize my usage of these kind of technological advancements as I believe that they have had a detrimental effect on my happiness. I want to make a smooth transition into having less to do with technology. I want it at arm’s length. I want to sit down without a yearning to do something online. I want to set things up so I can just get on with my life. I’m sure that I can achieve such a thing. I just have to plan it out.

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