Tech is slowly killing us

I have this scary thought that keeps popping up in my head every now and then. Combine the following things:

Work

Jobs that just require a computer and Internet connection are rising. Home offices get more common, as the pandemic showed us that it’s a working concept for most of us.

Transportation

We use Uber, scooters, and other similar services to get somewhere. No need to walk more than a few meters to get anywhere.

Shopping

Online shopping isn’t something new, but it keeps growing. You can pretty much order whatever you want and have it delivered to your home in no time.

Food

Don’t feel like going grocery shopping? Order groceries online.

Not sure what to cook? Order meal boxes with recipes and all the necessary ingredients.

Don’t feel like cooking? Order takeaway.

For all options, you’ll have it outside your door in a few minutes. All you need to do is tap the screen a few times.

Feel sick?

No need to visit the doctor’s office, you can chat or video call your doctor and get your medication delivered to your home.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big tech geek and I think these are all great things for many reasons, but

…this means we aren’t required to move at all. And we need to move.

On days I don’t exercise, my daily step count is around 1000 steps. The longest walk is from the bedroom to the kitchen. That’s horrible.

How will all this affect us? The thing is, we’re the first generation that will face the consequences. How will 30 years without sufficient movement affect us? No one knows yet.

And this is just one part of the issue, I’m leaving out all the other impacts the tech might have on our wellbeing.

Think long-term

I encourage you to think long-term. Don’t get too comfortable with all the services that are available.

  • Walk to the grocery store
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Walk or use the city bikes instead of Uber or any scooter service

Etc.

And remember to do some kind of physical activity every day, even if it’s a 30-minute walk. Try to find a hobby where you move around. Your future self will thank you!

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Andreas Westerlund

Andreas Westerlund

Endurance athlete, digital nomad, nerd. Just a normal guy trying to figure out fitness, business, and life. https://www.andreaswesterlund.com