The Impact of Technology on Millennials

My last blog post introduced us to the term technology and its definition. We now know that technology is everything created by humans and not nature. Also, all devices such as phones, tablets, laptops, and TVs fall under the category of new technology, and that technology, pens, chairs, toothbrushes, clothes, is a very important piece in our lives today. But how important has it become? In class, we watched a video about how technology affects millennials in life and in the workplace and it was an absolute eye opener!


In the video, Simon Sinek talks about millennials, anyone born1994 and after. He believes they are entitled, lazy, and unhappy because there is a missing piece in their life. He believes that that missing piece is a result of four things, parenting, technology, impatience and the environment. Under technology, he states that we count the likes on our photos on social media and whenever we get a text or a message on our phones, it feels good. Because it feels good, we keep going back to it. He believes that engagement with social media and cell phones releases a chemical called dopamine (what makes us feel good).

He claims that dopamine is the exact same chemical that makes us feel good when we smoke, drink, and gamble. He states that it is highly addictive. He questions the idea of age restrictions on gambling and alcohol but not social media and cell phones, despite the addictive characteristic they both exhibit on individuals when used in an imbalance.  He uses the analogy of an opened access to the liquor cabinet for kids as a means of temporary comfort of stress, to the use of cellphones and social media.

He explains that scientific studies have proven that that people who spend more time on Facebook suffer a higher rate of depression than people who spend less time on Facebook. He believes that there is nothing wrong with social media and cell phones, however, too much of them is bad. He claims that there needs to be balance in their use or they will destroy relationships, cost time, cost money, and it will make your life worse.

Although most of his claims are not backed up by scientific studies and are mostly just opinions, false accusations, and assumptions rather than the actual truth, I can honestly say, in my opinion, that a lot of his views are not far off from the truth. How new technology is affecting us is astounding. I felt a little ashamed to hear what he said because in all honesty, I do it. However, this video was an alarm clock for me telling me to wake up, it has inspired me to change my habits with the use of my phone and to limit or create a balance in use for the next generation.  This video was a great view and really recommend watching this video if you’re are a person who spends a lot of time on their phone or social media! (Word Count: 509)


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