Technology is going to let you down. It's a fact. It’s only a matter of time before technology takes over the world, and you become obsolete - whether they take over our jobs, make us lazy or unhealthy, or gain intelligence to wipe out the human race. Don’t let this happen to you! Take control of your life. It's not too late to save yourselves! Here are 10 reasons why technology is ruining our lives.
1. More Sitting, Less Activity
TVs, computers, and smart phones will keep you on your butt forever if you let them. You need get up and realize it’s been a week since you’ve been outside much less hit the treadmill. This can't be a healthy way to live! So take your eyes off the technology and get a grip on the world of reality. Get some sunlight and fresh air. Your mind and body will thank you.
Watch your stomach grow before your very eyes as you sit face to face with technology day after day. Obesity has risen in America, and you don't want to be because of technology. You can develop hypertension, your blood pressure can increase, you can have a stroke, and kidney disease. Your body becomes more healthy and stronger when you exercise because the blood is circulating through your body. When you don't participate in physical activity, you're more susceptible to these serious medical conditions. Breaking away from technology and being active will save your life.
2. Lack of Human Contact
Sure social media pages can take the place of human connection but it can’t hug, kiss, or love you. It's a virtual world, and it's not real. You know it's not real, but you crave it. So what are you waiting for? Get out of the world of social media and start hugging random people on the street. Of course they’ll think you’re the weirdest person alive but at least their shouting is somewhat of a real life conversation.
When you substitute technology for human contact, you're playing a dangerous game. Depression sets in because you get into the mind frame that no one loves you. Becoming sick is another effect because you're losing weight, and your anxiety is through the roof because you crave contact and you're not getting what you need from other people. Social media sites can only distract you for so long until your body gives out. You need touch to make you feel good, needed, and wanted in life because your body releases all these good chemicals that make your body healthy. Now which would you rather have, technology or touch?
3. Decrease in Brain Cells
Technology makes you stupid. It’s true that you can learn what you want to know by watching TV but the majority of TV shows are useless garbage. You're literally losing brain cells while you sit in front of the TV screen. You can learn a lot more from just stepping outside your home and into the world. You should try it sometime. You might just learn something you can't get from your TV set.
How can losing brain cells be a bad thing? Well every part of your brain has brain cells, neurotransmitters, and other significant functions that allow your body to work. When you lose your brain cells in a certain part of the brain, you can lose the function to see, read, the control of your fingers, the ability to smile, etc. Not to mention you can never get the brain cells you used in front of the TV back. The body is connected, and you'll be doing it a huge favor if you tear yourself away from the TV and you use it in a more useful and productive way. The TV is not your friend no matter how much you wish it to be.
Technology breaks down, and that’s the reality of life. It's vulnerable to all sorts of things in life that are out of your control. It only takes one fall to the floor or one giant spill to shut down your phone and no matter how many companies come up with ways to improve upon these problems, you’re phone will die one way or the other. Just face it! Why don't you start using your mind for a change? It's probably the only reliable part of you that you'll ever have in your life.
When you feel like you can't rely on technology, you feel out of control. Frustration sets in because you've been so dependent on technology, that you don't know what to do without it. It's unpredictability makes you on edge when you're whole life is saved to your computer. There's no relief in sight because of your unhealthy obsession with technology, and you're relationships suffer. When a virus hits, you're useless and hysterical because you know you can't fix it. Technology can be so unforgiving.
5. It will take over our jobs
Someday you’ll be unemployed and realize you’re not as important as you thought. What a frightening situation? A computer can do so much more than you ever could. It has taken your job and sent you into a downward spiral that you’re afraid you’ll never come back from. The only thing you can do now is hope that someday life will get better. Who knows, maybe they're still be jobs out there that a computer can't do?
Depression sets in, and you realize you're obsolete. Your anxiety level rises because you realize you can no longer support your family. Suicide is a last resort because you feel useless and worthless as a human being. You have absolutely nothing to contribute to the world anymore. New technologies are created everyday to replace people's jobs and you won't realize you're job is gone until a robot has taken your place. Don't let this happen to you!
6. Hurt Feelings
Words hurt in the cyber world. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter may be the new way to communicate with people, but new doesn't always mean it's good for you. There are too many people you don’t even know who can hurt you online. Teens have committed suicide because people wrote hurtful comments on their page. You can't escape technology. It seems like it's everywhere so shutdown your computer and realize your own self worth.
Depression, suicide, and death is how technology can hurt you. You can be cat fished online, and it can lead to more dangers then you are prepared for. Your money, cars, and other valuables can be taken away because you feel like this person online you've been talking to, cares about you. They need these things from you, and they'll say anything to take them away from you. Your finances, and your life will be turned upside down. When you share your personal life online, everyone can find out about those racy pictures you've put online, even potential employers.
7. Addictive Screens
Those bright and beautiful screens lure you into their world. There’s something about a computer, phone, and TV screen that keeps you coming back for more. It must be the high definition. The picture quality is so perfect and clear as day. Don't let its attractiveness control you! Whatever you do, don’t go towards the light and stay for hours on end, wasting your life away.
So why are these technological screens so addicting? When you complete a task on your smartphone for example, you feel a sense of accomplishment. Checking emails, playing games, facebooking friends and family, and working from home on your phone, makes you feel wanted and useful. When you complete a task, you feel a shot of dopamine as your limbic system craves more of this good feeling. As a result of this addictive screen, you're sleeping routine suffers. Your sleep quality lowers because the screen has become your life now, nothing else matters.
8. Dependency on Technology
You’ve become dependent on your Keurig coffee machine in the morning, microwave breakfast burritos, smart phone on your break, your computer at work, and you’re TV when you get home. There's nothing more important then your technology. You can't function properly without it. It's like a drug. You've become addicted and lets face it, you need help. It’s time to step back and go to a Technology Anonymous meeting and realize that technology does not control your life.
Addiction is a powerful thing. You may become so dependent on technology that you don't realize you're hurting the people around you. Depression, lack of sleep, and anxiety become a part of your life. All these factors will contribute to your downfall in the end. You're body will deteriorate because you will neglect what your body needs to be healthy and function in the world. You know how to work all the technology around you but well you know how to function in the outside world when technology is something you can't depend on?
9. People can access your life
Your online information is not safe from someone who is looking to use, abuse, and drag your identity through the mud. Your reputation could be severely tarnished in a way you can never come back from. Make sure you only make yourself look good in the cyber world. Employers who are interested in hiring you may go online to check you out and what they see could determine whether you get the job or not. Be careful what you reveal about yourself online, it could come back to bit you in the butt. This makes you wish you could go back to the days when social media sites never existed.
You're practically giving yourself away online these days. Knowledge is power. People can use that knowledge to take everything you have away from you. Your self worth, confidence, finances, and reputation can be taken away from you just like that. Depression sets in and a mistrust for technology develops, and you don't feel safe anymore. You can't trust anyone with your information. You fear it could happen again if you don't takes your social sites down, which is probably the best thing you can ever do when it comes to technology.
10. You have to replace it
Lets face it; it’s a huge hassle to replace technology with the newest most up to date version. It's hard to keep something you've had for a long time and just replace it with something new. The media keeps bombarding you with the newest and most innovative products, and you feel you must buy to keep up with the trends of technology. It's too much pressure! It’s not only a hassle, but it takes a huge amount of change out of your wallet that you can’t get back. That's got to hurt!
Frustration sets in when you realize you've accidently broken your phone, your TV stops working, and your appliances die on you. It's overwhelming when you have to replace these items. The financial burden can be staggering and stressful when you have bills, a mortgage, student loans, and other financial duties you need to attend to. When your computer decides it's going to die on you, your life is over. How can you afford a new computer? Nowadays they cost more than $1,000.00 and just knowing this is damaging to your health.
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It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.