10 things of the modern world we can’t live without

Because addiction now comes in many scary forms…

Smartphones
Smartphones
15 Dec 2015

Smartphones

Photo: RayArt Graphics

In this day and age, it’s common to see everyone – from toddlers to grandparents – using not just a basic phone, but a smartphone. With our phones making it possible to do pretty much anything as long as it’s connected to Wi-Fi, it’s no surprise that we have become addicted to these nifty gadgets, putting our everyday interactions with our family and friends on hold whenever we receive a notification on our phones.

Laptops
Laptops
15 Dec 2015

Laptops

Photo: Engadgets

Laptops have come a long way since the Osborne 1 — the world’s first laptop that weighed a hefty 10.7kg. With laptops being much sleeker and lighter these days, it’s much more convenient to work and play on the go. Being able to stream our favourite shows, listen to the latest songs or send an email to anywhere in the world at the mere click of a button is why we have become largely reliant on these devices.

Music streaming platforms
Music streaming platforms
15 Dec 2015

Music streaming platforms

Photo: Spotify

Gone are the days when we used to tune in to radio stations or download our favourite mp3s onto our portable music devices. With a myriad of music streaming platforms — most popular being Spotify — we’ve come to rely on these apps to get our steady stream of music, whether at work, the gym or just chilling at home.

While we used camp by the radio eagerly awaiting the latest hit from our favourite artist, or specially prepare a mix tape for our crush, the ease of accessing the latest hits and countless playlists through these music-streaming channels have left us reliant on them.

Social media
Social media
15 Dec 2015

Social media

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Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, we’ve undeniably become addicted to social media, constantly checking in every few minutes for the latest updates. When something exciting happens in our lives, we instinctively update our social media platforms first, rather than pick up the phone and call our loved ones, highlighting our reliance on the medium.

Beyond that, we’ve also become obsessed with the number of followers and likes we receive on each post we put out. Rather than focus on building relationships with those around us, we’ve come to rely on instant gratification through social media channels instead.

Instant messaging apps
Instant messaging apps
15 Dec 2015

Instant messaging apps

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With apps such as WhatsApp, WeChat and LINE easily available to all of us on our smartphones, connecting with our loved ones has never been easier. With elements such as when you’re last seen and blue ticks to show whether messages have been read yet, instant messaging apps have made conversations faster and more efficient. On the flipside though, people now expect instant replies, putting pressure on our relationships with others.

Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
15 Dec 2015

Wi-Fi

Photo: Digital Tourism Think Tank

Imagine having to go a week without Wi-Fi, do you think you’d be able to survive? With most of our everyday activities requiring an Internet connection, we’ve not only become extremely reliant on constantly having a secure Wi-Fi connection, we’ve come to expect a fast one as well. From online games to checking our social media platforms, a consistent Internet connection is probably the biggest thing on this list we’d find extremely hard to do without.

Aircon
Aircon
15 Dec 2015

Aircon

Photo: LG

With Singapore’s weather being hot and humid all year round, it’s only natural that we’ve come to rely heavily on air-conditioning. Despite knowing that heavy usage of air-conditioners results in high electricity consumption, which adversely affects the environment — we’re too consumed with how much better and cooler we feel when we have the air-conditioner turned up.

Coffee
Coffee
15 Dec 2015

Coffee

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When you’re willing to spend an average of $7 on a cup of coffee at Starbucks at least once a day, you know you’ve developed an addiction. Beyond the alluring aroma and taste of coffee, it’s often said that the caffeine found in this drink affects our dopamine levels, similar to the effects of drugs on our body. With coffee making us feel so good, it’s no wonder we don’t just consume it in the morning to kick start our day, but at any time of the day.

Alcohol
Alcohol
15 Dec 2015

Alcohol

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Despite knowing the horrible effects that alcohol has on us, people still continue to consume crazy amounts of these addictive substances in order to get a temporary high. More often than not, we drink because of our environment or because of pressure from our peers. Furthermore, alcohol advertisements often show people enjoying themselves or having fun when they’re consuming alcohol, which may subconsciously influence us into thinking alcohol is commonly associated with having fun.

Gaming
Gaming
15 Dec 2015

Gaming

Photo: Gaming Space

Just a few months ago, The International, an annual electronic sports Dota 2 tournament concluded, with the champions walking away with a total of $6.6million. With the prize pool totaling over $18 million, it was the largest eSports prize pool to date for a single tournament; highlighting what a phenomenon gaming has become worldwide.

Beyond games on our computers, Playstations or Nintendos, we’ve also become addicted to games on our smartphones like Candy Crush or Angry Birds. We spend hours and days on our devices trying to reach a certain level or stage and ignoring the happenings around us, which highlights our everyday addiction to gaming.

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