Technology giving rise to generation of depressed people

From Daily News & Analysis:

London: Although technological wonders have made our lives easier, it might also be giving rise to a generation of depressed people, says an expert.

According to psychologist Daniel Goleman, people today experience more depression than previous generations, which is believed to be because of these technological advancements.

As phones, computers and the Internet continues to pervade our lives, it has encouraged a constant, nagging need to check for texts and email, to update Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn profiles, to acquire the latest notebook or 3G cellphone….

…..A new study by psychologist Tim Kasser of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, has shown that people who place a high value on material goals are unhappier than those who are less materialistic.

Materialism is also associated with lower self-esteem, greater narcissism, greater tendency to compare oneself unfavourably with other people, less empathy and more conflict in relationships.

It is said time is money. This implies a need for total efficiency, which is why we are allowing laptop computers and mobile phones to blur the separation between work and home.

And the lack of separation damages our relationships with loved ones.

It also predisposes us to focus on the here and now at the expense of long-term goals.