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Could we live without technology?

Te Whanganui-a-Tara – In this day and age, almost every single person uses technology in some shape or form, to make life easier.

About 97 percent of New Zealanders are active mobile social media users. This seems likely to continue to increase, with more and more of the population embracing social media across various digital platforms.

Most Kiwis have a smartphone. In fact, more than 135.6 percent of the population had at least one smartphone as of 2021.

While YouTube and Facebook continue to dominate the social media scene, one of the most popular mobile activities was messaging.

That means that we’re online more than ever before – whether it’s to call a friend, check a train time, book a holiday, pass the time, or even save a life.

Tech is not something we give a second thought to, but some people literally can’t live without technology – and we aren’t being dramatic.

The recent wave of ransomware attacks is crippling many organisations and businesses around the world, some having to resort back to pen and paper.

or some people, the existence of technology is the difference between silence and laughter, loneliness and interaction, and even life and death.

There is no clear consensus to whether we can live without technology but the benefits of taking time away from it are huge.

For many the idea of taking time away from technology is easy, after all humanity has survived and even thrived for thousands of years without modern day technology.

As technology is now mainstream and more advanced than ever, we are rapidly becoming addicted.

Yet, as we become more socially connected with the rest of the world, we become more disconnected.

The internet has brought around a new set of avoidance techniques and break up methods; that we’d sooner do without.

The 21st century has seen the development of personal technology, the most commonly used being the smartphone, a constant companion to most that will allow you to track your movements, access the internet and become engrossed in the world of media and social networking.

Tech is inevitable in our everyday lives. This is because life without technology is pointless in today’s dynamic and pandemic world.

It brings together tools to promote development, use and information exchange, has as its main objective of making tasks easier and the solving of many problems of mankind.

Yes, for most people, tech is not something we give a second thought to, but some people literally can’t live without technology – and we aren’t being dramatic.

For some people, the existence of technology is the difference between silence and laughter, loneliness and interaction, and even life and death.

Tech is fully ingrained in our busy lives. We text or email instead of talking, keep up with our friends’ lives through Instagram, and do most of our schoolwork in front of a computer.

Then there’s the entertainment, whether it’s our favourite streaming series on Netflix, video game on a console, or music on Spotify.

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