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Technology is making life simpler and allowing people more time for other things. But, do people know what to do with that time?

This is a perennial question around Technology and science advancement. Are we making people dull? Do they really know what to do with the time that technology provides? Where is the society movement to bring purpose into the lives of people who suddenly have free time to think about this thanks to technology?

I haven't found an answer to this question. Particularly to how we as technology providers can at the same time give a complimentary course of action for the free time and enhance the overall quality of life, not only with simplicity and time provision but also with a higher purpose for the newly found space to be filled.

I think without solving this technology is a one way street not a dialogue that might leave people and society at large to hollow to design its own next best form in the future.

Thanks for your contribution to solve this little puzzle in my head!

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    Aug 16 2012: Is your underlying hypothesis, then, that pursuing recreation is evidence of not knowing how to use the time?
    Is there a further hypothesis here that depression or drug consumption among working people comes from their not knowing how to use after work time, or are you specifically thinking of the depression or drug use that may be connected to rising unemployment?
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      Aug 17 2012: Hi Fritizie, thanks for your reply. I think more than not knowing is not making a conscious choice on using the time provided for more than just the automatic impulse activities, or what is considered as generally gratifying. There is an argument that when only concentrating on those an individual will not lead itself to long term development and society contribution. Maybe a small problem of purpose for one in the everyday, but a real issue when compounded around society with the pace of technological advance.

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