Mefail Tahiri1, Ejup Rustemi2
Authors country of origin: North Macedonia1/2
Institutional affiliation: Professor at University of Tetova1/2
We can hardly imagine someone without a technological device in their pocket, car, home or school. It is what makes us do things important for our life and work. Computer devices are so deeply attached to our daily lives that when we do have a cell phone or laptop near us, we seem to lose our minds. Any lack of internet will automatically make us unable to do anything and will make us think of whether there was a time when such things didn’t exist?! What we try to explain in this paper is the issue of how can a tool made to help us do things better and faster can lead to addiction so deep that in turns into obsession and can have serious negative effect on our daily lives, therefore making these technologies a double-bladed sword.one important aspect regarding this is finding certain patterns that when followed we can have a clearer view on why information technology can turn from a helping hand into a time-wasting machine? It is important to notice here that we don’t believe it to be a black and white issue, where a given person uses the tool to do his working routine, and by needing more and more information he gets so involved in its use that it becomes hard to get away from it. We think that there are some gray aspects in this case, we believe that the companies that produce these devices are helping in the way to making people addicted to these tools. Each one of the companies, especially those that sell mobile phones, continuously emphasize social network related aspects when they try to sell their devices; they always mention about ways you can stay connected with your loved ones such as family members and friends, thus making us think that without those devices we may lose connecting with those people. Yes, this is true to a certain degree, these devices do help people stay connected, but in order to communicate with our loved ones we shouldn’t be entirely dependent on such things. This is the main aspect that we deal in this paper, in trying to shed light of where lays the red line that divides something from a service tool and makes it an addiction. We are aware that there were times when we used doves to send letters, than we used postal services to send greeting cards; afterwards computers were introduced which at the beginning where only calculation devices and later became a tool form anything; while the introduction of mobile devices made things even more involving and addicting for the fact that we carry them whenever we go, making it hard to not use them.
Keywords: computer devices, social involvement, service, addiction.
Volume 4.No.2(2021): April (Social Sciences Session)
ISSN 2661-2666 (Online) International Scientific Journal Monte (ISJM)
ISSN 2661-264X (Print)
DOI : 10.33807/monte.20211900
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