Welcome to the age of the Internet! Digital technology has been around for long enough for an entire generation of adults to have grown up with the Internet. Millennials and Gen X may not have seen tech devices from an early age; however, most of them have embraced the digital sphere since their college years. In other words, a large portion of the world population is used to getting quick and easy answers about their everyday life questions at their fingertips. Ultimately, digital technology is designed to fulfill the dream of an intelligent and self-sufficient civilization. However, the reality of a digital lifestyle is different from our expectations. As people develop new communication technology, society turns the fast and innovative connection concept against us. Is modern society trying to kill the next generation of adults?
Some things never change. While technology is bringing new forms of investments to light, such as amateur forex or cryptocurrency markets, most people prefer the safety of traditional investments: Real estate. The main advantage of property investments is the fact they are tangible assets. Indeed, climbing the property ladder used to be a popular approach to maximize the value of your real estate. Homeowners would sell a property to help finance a bigger and more expensive one. The process would require strategic arrangements, home improvements, and organizational tricks to land the best offer possible.
However, more and more new homeowners find it hard to understand how to stage their property for profit. In a world where a filter app can enhance the appearance of a photo, it becomes increasingly confusing to determine the right real-life enhancements. Perhaps, finding an easy digital solution to most issues affects our practical sense. Without professional real estate websitesto offer dedicated concierge service to stage property photos, many new generation homeowners would struggle to grow their real estate investment. In the long term, the loss of practical thinking could seriously endanger our economy and investment society. We have learned to embrace mental health issues as a normal part of everyday life. We owe it to the Internet generation for demystifying the reality of mental health. Bringing down the wall of prejudices and unfair preconceptions has been a revelation for everyone. We can't celebrate the mental health revolution enough. But, with every empowering movement also come blurry and loose interpretations of the movement. Anxiety, for instance, is one of those buzzwords that pop up in every corner of the digital world. If you believe the Internet, we all suffer from an anxiety disorder. It is unclear whether people are more anxious. However, what's been made obvious by many psychological studies is that nobody knows what anxiety is. According to a Harvard article, most people confuse worry and anxiety issues. The desire to seek an anxiety-free life drives them to reject worries and normal levels of anxiety, which are designed to keep us alert. The digital world means you can work from anywhere. While it's a great thing, working from anywhere typically means sitting at a desk at home or in an office for several hours. While desk jobs are nothing new, they've become a health threat since the appearance of the Internet. Desk jobs are linked to increasing back health complaints, as the position weakens the spine. A weak spine can also affect your overall health, leading to chronic fatigue, inefficient immune system, and headaches. Despite scientific progress, the current generation of desk workers develops serious health issues, which could affect their life expectancy in the long term.
What does healthy food look like? A quick search on Google can provide a variety of answers. A healthy diet is one of the most confusing aspects of modern life, as one-third of Millennials feel a high amount of social pressure and anxiety about their diet. Indeed, the main problem with building a healthy diet is that there is no such thing as one single definition of a healthy diet. Digital sources provide contradictory information. For some adults, a healthy diet means sacrificing leisure and entertainment to afford healthier food. Over half of Americans find it difficult to maintain a healthy diet because they can't keep fresh food at home for a long time. There's a lot of misinformation and confusion about healthy eating. Ultimately, the most reliable information Americans can find about their diet is at their local clinic. Asking their doctor or a nutritionist for guidance could reduce pressure and feeling of guilt. Unfortunately, most people choose to rely on digital content from bloggers and social media influencers instead.
We all know why we can't sleep. We need to learn to put the phone down before going to bed. From losing ourselves in the anxiety-driven world of social media to binge-watching our favorite show on Netflix, we sacrifice precious hours of sleep to our lack of digital discipline. Sleep deprivation is likely to have long-lasting impacts on our health.
The dream of the typical American family with two children is fading away. More and more adults don't want to have kids. In fact, according to a recent survey, over 25% of American adultschoose not to have children. Many name climate change, independence, and the lack of interest in starting a family as a reason. However, psychologists suspect that prolonged exposure to digital technology affects the group's survival instincts/desires.
Frankly, you only need to look online for a lifehack, and you'll find hundreds of solutions. Yet, viral lifehacks are not always to try at home. The desire to make our lives easier is seriously affecting the ability to recognize dangers. From using nail polish instead of eyeliner to replacing your hairspray with glue, the newspapers are filled with horror stories from poorly thought-through lifehacks.
If it's not on Instagram, it didn't happen. There is a need for capturing memories. Throughout history, people have wanted to record their favorite moments using poetry, drawings, paintings, and photography. However, digital technology has amplified the desire for data memories. It's not uncommon to see people watching a concert or a life event behind their phone screens. The desire to record everything is not without risks. Countless social media influencers have injured themselves or even lost their lives for the sake of capturing the moment.
Everyone is brave behind a keyboard. Instead of supporting free and open communication between individuals around the globe, the age of the Internet has encouraged a generation of bullies. According to psychologists, everyone has the potential to turn into an online bully. People bully to overcome boredom, anxiety, anger, and loneliness. Bullies are free to share their views through nasty comments and not stick around to read the replies. While not everyone will dive into aggressive cyberbullying, it's not uncommon to encounter conflicts when reading social media comments. Even the most gentle individual could potentially turn to trolling, name-calling, flaming, outing, or even sharing private messages to vent.
We have this amazing technology that lets us connect to everyone around the world. Yet, we feel less connected to those around us. According to a Cigna survey, 3 out of 5 adults report experiencing loneliness. Young adults experience a greater feeling of loneliness, being unable to form meaningful attachments with others. Perhaps the excessively fast-paced and high-content environment of our digital lives is stripping away our ability to read social cues and bond with our peers.
Disconnected from each other, fearing anxiety, not knowing how to keep ourselves healthy or how to protect our financial health, it seems the Internet culture is building a bleak future for society. Can we overcome these challenges?