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The recent boom in technology has changed the average American lifestyle.

While technology has many positive effects, there are also MANY   negative   risks.

Anyone uncertain about the effects that today's technology has on them & their life may want to take steps to   understand them better. Respect   the  Truth.

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FAKE PEOPLE

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They come in all different shapes & sizes. But have so much in common:

  • Are not who they appear to be

  • Very much into themselves

  • Murky in emotions

  • Pretend not to get upset over things

  • Demand you do things for them

  • Say bad things about other people

  • Pretend to care about others

  • Go to the extreme to make others look bad

  • Have no respect for others opinions

  • They are GREAT LIARS

The world revolves around them so getting any kind of attention (even if it’s superficial) boosts a fake person’s ego.

And if they can’t achieve popularity, they won’t hesitate to go against moral principles to find it.

It doesn’t matter to a fake person whether they stick to their word or not. A fake person lacks integrity and they’ll fail to act if that action doesn’t benefit them in some way.

They tend to not harbor any deep emotions for others (they only have superficial feelings for others) so they won’t care if they let someone else down.

Fake people judge others down. This is because putting others down makes them feel better about themselves.

Remember, they’re all about their ego, so they’ll do whatever they can to protect it.

They are always trying to one-up people around them to win the validation of others.

They don’t care about anything but making themselves appear more important. This is why their energy is almost exclusively focused on building themselves up and tearing others down.

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Computers are machines that offer a variety of advantages, allowing us to perform tasks efficiently and effectively. However, computers also have a few disadvantages that can affect our lives in one way or another. From physical health issues to the potential for addiction and cybercrime, there are many potential dangers:

Security Risks

Computer security risks refer to the potential for a malicious individual or program to gain unauthorized access to your computer, network, and/or data. This can lead to the theft of personal information, such as passwords and financial information, or even more serious consequences, such as identity theft.  

Computer users are at risk of being targeted by cybercriminals, either for their personal information or to use their computer resources for criminal purposes. Cybercrimes include phishing and identity theft, where criminals attempt to gain access to confidential data such as bank account details and passwords.

Increased Surveillance by Government Agencies

The use of computers has made it easier for government agencies to conduct surveillance on citizens. This can include monitoring emails, tracking internet usage, and collecting data from computer systems. With the rise of technology, government agencies may be able to access more personal information than ever before.

This can lead to a lack of privacy and an increased risk of identity theft. Additionally, some governments may use this information to their own benefit, such as suppressing freedom of speech or manipulating public opinion.

Difficult to Detect Fake News or Misinformation

With the rise of social media, it has become increasingly difficult to detect fake news or misinformation. With computers being used as a major source of information, anyone can post anything online without having to worry about being fact-checked. This makes it easy for false information to spread quickly. Additionally, computers lack the ability to understand context and nuance, making it hard for them to distinguish between factual and false statements. This can lead people to make decisions based on inaccurate information that could be detrimental to their health or well-being.

Reduced Physical Activity

Computer use can lead to reduced physical activity, as people spend more time sitting in front of a computer instead of engaging in active activities. It has been linked to an increased risk for various health problems such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and poor posture. In addition, a lack of physical activity can lead to weakened muscles, bones, and joints. This is especially important for children who need regular exercise to ensure healthy growth and development. It’s important to remember that computers are tools, not replacements for physical activity. Taking regular breaks from computer use and engaging in other activities can help reduce the risks associated with prolonged periods of immobility.

Environmental Impact due to E-Waste

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is the term used to describe discarded electronic devices. These components include lead, mercury, cadmium, beryllium, chromium, and flame retardants such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). When these materials are not recycled and are left in landfills, they can contaminate the soil and water supply. 

Additionally, many e-waste items cannot be recycled and must be incinerated, which releases toxic fumes into the air

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CELL PHONES

Addiction and Dopamine

Cell phone addiction is similar to other types of addiction because of its effect on dopamine, a chemical in the body that causes feelings of pleasure. Cell phone use has been shown to stimulate the production and release of dopamine, which drives the need to use it more and more and more. It may also cause these:

  • Muscle pain and stiffness

  • Fatigue

  • Blurry vision

  • Dry eyes

  • Red or irritated eyes

  • Auditory illusions (hearing your phone ring or vibrate when it’s not)

  • Thumb or wrist pain

  • Loss of interest in other activities you once enjoyed

  • Insomnia and sleep disturbances

  • Worsened school or work performance

  • Heightened conflicts with your social group or family

  • Feelings of irritability or unease when you don’t have your phone

  • An increased risk of developing depression or anxiety

  • Putting yourself in dangerous situations by using your phone when you shouldn’t be

  • Feelings of guilt, helplessness, or loneliness when you go without your phone

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HEATLH CARE

  • About half of U.S. adults say it is difficult to afford health care costs, and one in four say they or a family member in their household had problems paying for health care in the past 12 months. Younger adults, those with lower incomes, adults in fair or poor health, and the uninsured are particularly likely to report problems affording health care in the past year.

  • The cost of health care can lead some to put off needed care. One in four adults say that in the past 12 months they have skipped or postponed getting health care they needed because of the cost. Notably six in ten uninsured adults (61%) say they went without needed care because of the cost.

  • The cost of prescription drugs prevents some people from filling prescriptions. About one in five adults (21%) say they have not filled a prescription because of the cost while a similar share say they have instead opted for over-the-counter alternatives. About one in ten adults say they have cut pills in half or skipped doses of medicine in the last year because of the cost.

  • Those who are covered by health insurance are not immune to the burden of health care costs. About four in ten insured adults worry about affording their monthly health insurance premium, and 48% worry about affording their deductible before health insurance kicks in. Indeed, large shares of adults with employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) and those with Marketplace coverage rate their insurance as “fair” or “poor” when it comes to their monthly premium and to out-of-pocket costs to see a doctor.

  • Health care debt is a burden for a large share of Americans. About four in ten adults (41%) report having debt due to medical or dental bills including debts owed to credit cards, collections agencies, family and friends, banks, and other lenders to pay for their health care costs, with disproportionate shares of Black and Hispanic adults, women, parents, those with low incomes, and uninsured adults saying they have health care debt.

  • Notable shares of adults still say they are worried about affording medical costs such as unexpected bills, deductibles, and long-term care services for themselves or a family member. Additionally, about half of adults would be unable to pay an unexpected medical bill of $500 in full without going into debt.

Difficulty Affording Medical Costs

Many U.S. adults have trouble affording health care costs. While lower income and uninsured adults are the most likely to report this, those with health insurance and those with higher incomes are not immune to the high cost of medical care. About half of U.S. adults say that it is very or somewhat difficult for them to afford their health care costs (47%). Among those under age 65, uninsured adults are much more likely to say affording health care costs is difficult (85%) compared to those with health insurance coverage (47%). Additionally, at least six in ten Black adults (60%) and Hispanic adults (65%) report difficulty affording health care costs compared to about four in ten White adults (39%). Adults in households with annual incomes under $40,000 are more than three times as likely as adults in households with incomes over $90,000 to say it is difficult to afford their health care costs (69% v. 21%).

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Not all generic drugs are made equal. Some can be more or less potent than the medicine they’re mimicking, release doses into the bloodstream incorrectly, or contain impurities sometimes to dangerous effect . 

The pharmaceutical industry also faces other risks such as increased competition from generic drugs, legal liability for opioid addiction, product liability, keeping up with technology, counterfeit drugs and global quality control.

As the cost of prescription medication soars, consumers are increasingly taking generic drugs: low cost alternatives to brand name medicines. Often health insurance plans require patients to switch to generics as a way of controlling costs. But journalist Katherine Eban warns that some of these medications might not be as safe, or effective, as we think.

Eban has covered the pharmaceutical industry for more than 10 years. She notes that most of the generic medicines being sold in the U.S. are manufactured overseas, mostly in India and China. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration states that it holds foreign plants to the same standards as U.S. drugmakers, but her new book, Bottle of Lies, challenges that notion.

She writes that the FDA often announces its overseas inspections weeks in advance, which allows plants where generic drugs are made the chance to fabricate data and results.

Many people have concerns about switching to generics and prefer brands. Some doctors also have concerns with certain medications. To be clear, this is a preference. These concerns might include:

  • worsening of symptoms or condition

  • side effects

  • adverse reactions

  • effectiveness

  • safety

  • quality

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Most people use social media in one form or another. While there is nothing inherently wrong with that, and while social media can sometimes be beneficial, it’s important to be aware that social media is associated with a number of issues and potential dangers, including stress, anxiety, loneliness, and depression.

Understanding the dangers of social media is important, both so you can deal with them yourself, and so you can help others deal with them. As such, in the following article you will learn about the issues that are associated with social media, see who is most vulnerable them, and find out what you can do to deal with them effectively.

What are the dangers of social media

The use of social media is associated with various issues, when it comes to people’s emotional wellbeing, mental and physical health, and many other areas of life. Specifically, research shows that the use of social media is associated with:

  • Anxiety.

  • Stress.

  • Emotional exhaustion.

  • Depression.

  • Loneliness.

  • Envy.

  • Low self-esteem.

  • Low-quality sleep.

  • Health problems.

  • Addiction to the social media, which can be referred to as social media addiction, or as addiction to a specific platform (for example, Facebook addiction).

  • Interference with important obligations, such as schoolwork, which can lead to issues such as worse grades.

  • General issues, such as exposure to misinformationviolation of one’s privacy, and political polarization.

  • Issues that play a role in specific situations, such as cyberbullying and stalking.

Overall, social media use is associated with a variety of issues. These include emotional and mental issues, such as anxiety, stress, depression, loneliness, and low self-esteem, physical issues, such as worse sleep quality, and general issues, such as exposure to misinformation and political polarization

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THE INTERNET

While some fake websites are designed to be found organically while you’re browsing the internet, most are made to be linked to in part of larger phishing scams. Fraudsters send scam emails, texts, or messages with links to websites that may look legitimate, but are designed to steal your passwords, personal data, and financial information.

Here are some of the most common ways that scammers use fake websites:

  • Fake online stores with too-good-to-be-true deals. Scammers create fake online stores offering incredible deals, and then run ads for them on social media. These sites either steal your payment information or trick you into buying fraudulent products.  

  • Fake password login pages. Fraudsters create sites that look like login pages (for your bank, Netflix, etc.) and then include links to them in phishing messages. For example, you may receive a phishing email claiming that your bank account has been compromised and that you should click the link and enter your password and banking details to secure your account.

  • Malicious pop-ups that download malware. Hackers create pop-ups on legitimate websites that download malware onto your device. Once installed, they can spy on you or scan your hard drive for sensitive information.  

  • Fake customer support websites. Scammers pretend to be from technical support companies and get you to give them remote access to your computer.

  • Fraudulent Medicare or health insurance websites. Criminals may also target your healthcare information by creating fake websites that ask you to “verify” your Medicare number.

  • Fake package delivery websites. With the increase of online shopping, scammers create fake websites that look like they’re from UPS, FedEx, USPS, and others. These fake sites ask you to verify your address and other personal information or try to trick you into giving up your credit card numbers.

  • Bogus flight-booking websites. In a recent fake website scam, fraudsters create fake airfare-booking websites that steal your personal information (passport number, credit card, etc.) or sell you fake tickets.

Computer addiction, or Internet addiction, is a growing problem that can have serious consequences for those affected. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified internet gaming disorder as an addictive behavior disorder due to its potential to cause harm. 

Symptoms of internet addiction include difficulty concentrating on other activities, withdrawal symptoms when not online, and excessive use of the internet despite adverse consequences. 

It can lead to social isolation, depression, financial problems, and even physical health issues.

Without treatment or moderation of the time spent online, computer addiction can be hard to overcome.

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