Are you spending too much time on your computer?
A recent survey shows that about 83% of users said Yes and only 17% of users said No. Internet influences us so much! But, did you ever think that if there isn’t any computer anymore?
Worldwide, there are 3.80 billion social media users in January 2020, with this number increasing by more than 9 percent (321 million new users) since this time last 2019. Almost everyone depends on a computer to run effectively for one reason or another. Too much dependence on computers has led to people being comfortable and trust that their information is safe in computers.
Look around now. Others cannot leave a computer or computer device home or even in a vehicle without feeling like something is missing, and almost naked feeling. In all aspects of life— at home, work, socially—a basic understanding of computer operation is by and large a necessity. Even the medical field has become dependent on computers. To record vital patient information, billing, researching illness, and prescribing medicines. In radiology, the computer system must be powerful enough to observe microscopic images.
Nowadays, almost all kinds of establishments are relying on computers for automating their usual processes. Most of the manual structures in offices were replaced by automated systems that use computer technology. Computer nowadays is no longer considered a luxury but rather a necessity with the emergence of information technology as observed. There are already many manual systems that are being replaced by digital ones. In recent decades, computer usage and Internet access have become increasingly important for gathering information, looking for jobs, and participating in a changing world economy.
According to Apter (1968), the danger is that the “computer dehumanizes people and inevitably leads them to act like machines themselves” (p. 58). As we delegate more and more tasks to technology, our skill sets and creativity will become more limited. We already depend on computer systems to perform positive complex tasks and to remember information for us. The more we lean on technology to do things for us, the less capable we will be to make technological advancements.