Psychology 2035A/B Chapter 1: Chapter 1 - Adjusting to Modern Life

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Learning objectives: describe 3 examples of the paradox of progress, explain what is meant by the paradox of progress and how theorists have explained it. Despite technological advances, social problems and personal difficulties seem more prevalent and prominent than ever before. Point: modern technology has provided us with countless time-saving devices. Counterpoint: nonetheless, most of us complain about not having enough time. Majority people feel they have increasingly less time for themselves: because work follows people home, so we"re always tethered to our jobs. More people cutting back on sleep to juggle work, family, and household responsibilities: chronic sleep loss can have negative effects on individuals" daytime functioning, mental/physical health. Point: the range of life choices available to people in modern societies has increased exponentially in recent decades. We have more choices about education (college choices, online schooling option), jobs (telecommuting), relationships (freedom to delay marriage, cohabit, not have children), and appearance (plastic surgery)

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