Health, wellbeing and the digital divide.

Technology has advanced so rapidly in the last 15 years, which has created incredible opportunity for so many people all over the world, but are people really connecting?

As humans our desire gather and retrieve information to learn and grow will always be part of our genetic build. Such a spiked growth though in technological advancements has possibly led us down the garden path. Consuming and using of media and devices that allows humans to interact on a daily basis would lead us to believe that we are a better connected world, when in fact we can feel even more isolated than ever.

Devices that demand our attention can at as complete alienation for an example, having a conversation and being interrupted by a text or phone call stops interaction like a severing and artery. With everyone blogging, instagraming, tweeting, trolling and texting when is there time for just face-to-face conversations and genuine contact with one another. It is of alarming concern (and not that uncommon nowadays) to see groups of friends sitting around a table with not one ounce of interaction being had but their undivided attention on their smart phones.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has found that there has been an increase from 67% (2006-07) to 79% (2010-11) of Australian household’s connected with access to the Internet at home (Abs.gov.au, 2013). The increase in availability of access to the Internet has allowed more people to be in touch with people across the globe and created a greater demand for the desire to discover what is out there.

But is all this communication making us happier?

What is hard to believe is that people are spending so much of their time inside and connected to the Internet, like a terminally ill person to life support, that we have forgotten the finer things in life. Like a breath of fresh air, a wave crashing on the shore, the crackle of a smoldering fire or the crunch of an apple; people are hard-wiring themselves to the ‘inter-web’ and disconnecting themselves from nature, the real world.

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