Dr. Huesemann’s talk on Techno-fixes and why technology won’t save us reaffirmed that our world has gone in the wrong direction with a great idea. On the one hand, technological advances have brought with it medicines to cure diseases and infections that otherwise commonly killed people in the past on a daily basis. However, Dr. Huesemann points out a fact that really hit home:
Technology has failed to increase happiness
Due to the rise of technology, specifically entertainment technology, we as beings have lost touch with traditional sources of happiness. Traditional sources of happiness used to be social interaction between family and friends, satisfaction at work, and closeness to nature. No matter how many cool toys we have such as high-tech smartphones and gaming PCs, these things cannot replace physically interacting with our world and our fellow beings. We are social beings with a driving psychological need to belong, to love and feel loved. We are natural beings who once explored the earth openly under the bright skies and dark starry nights. After closing ourselves off in our homes to be on the computer and internet, it is no wonder we are increasingly lonely and unhappy. Even if we can interact with people all over the world via the internet, we still need and desire to be physically close to each other and no technology can replace that.
Happiness is what everyone strives for in life no matter the age, sex, religion, class status, and location. Without happiness, what is the point of continuously buying into new tech toys? Thus, technology and material affluence is not a sustainable source of happiness, no matter what anyone tells you (money is everything). Instead, we need to look back to our roots as beings to realize we can obtain happiness the same way they did back then: interacting with one another, dedicating time to each other without the distraction of tech, and get away from concrete and buildings to bring the peaceful nature back into human beings to which we are still a part of.
Video source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDbmJh8uSAY