You might have heard of the term “Global village”, and probably know what it refers to. Global village was attributed to the world after the arrival of the internet technology. In other words, it was a metaphor for the immense globe which turned into a small village in which everyone could easily get in touch with other people all around the world. Nowadays, you only need to enter a few characters into the net and get access to the every corner of the world in less than a minute.
The net and electronic tools meant to facilitate different aspects of humans’ life, particularly the communication as an important necessity for us. They were assumed to narrow the gap between people, and get them together. But if we are honest enough, we have to confess that we feel lonelier than before. The rising percentage of depression which is getting to an alarming rate in some places, even some rich countries, may be consistent with this matter. The Diagram below shows the prevalence of depression in different countries in 2013. The exact percentage of the people who are suffering from this issue must have been more than this obviously.
It’s unfair to put the blame only on the technology. The technology is a tool at humans’ hands. We humans are supposed to get the benefit of it efficiently. Now that we potentially have more chance to communicate with each other, however, it seems as if we are hiding in a cave which is made by ourselves. It appears that the technology tried to bring us much closer, but we failed to make it happen appropriately. Living this way, people around us consider us as some self-centered individuals who only care about themselves. Subsequently, the negative feelings like apathy and resentment replace with positive feelings like kindness and consideration.
What is your idea about this matter? Do the technology tools play any role in psychological disorders like depression? What are the other probable reasons for depression? What do you recommend to control it?
Hurieh, March 27th/ 2016