The actual answer to this question is “YES” technology changes people’s social behavior. Think about how the internet changed our social behavior. Now we interact more on phone calls, emails which have replaced the traditional way of meeting face to face.
We can’t ignore the fact that the social bond that we humans share has been affected by technological advancement. The times when we used to hang out with our friends and families have become memories. In a way, we are trapped in a digital cave from where we need to get out and start living in a healthy environment.
When we go to a restaurant, we take a pic of the dish first to upload it in our social media handles before tasting it. The same is when we travel. We try to capture the moment rather than living in it.
When we start shopping online for one thing but end up buying something else due to a better discount on the last item. We do it because we fear that we may miss the exciting deal on that product. In this way, e-commerce companies manipulate consumer behavior. Sometimes we spend more time as expected on social media apps or binge-watching a series in an OTT platform. That’s how people’s behavior is being hijacked.
In these ways, we allow technology to govern our behavior, be it emotional, social, societal, or personal. But we must aim it to use effectively to improve productivity in our daily routine in the long run. It must act as a supplement to our lives instead of being the controller.