The phrase ‘quality of life’ is being used to express the general well-being of people and societies. Since the phrase ‘quality of life’ and its contributing factors can have various interpretations, let’s see how contemporary humans understand it.
This term is often seen as a synonym to ‘standard of living’. The standard of living is actually an estimation of the wealth and employment of a member in the society. Although both are factors which determine the quality of life, they are not the only indicators.
It is undisputable that the contemporary concept of quality of life is a combination of factors: surrounding, living standard, mental and physical health, social class, education etc. But, can we be convinced that these are the only factors which determine the quality of life or maybe there is something else? Is there something more important than these well-known and comprehensively studied factors?
Well, we can say that the development of science and the new technologies it has introduced have simplified people’s lives. However, as everything else in this world, it has its counter-effects.
For example, many modern electronic devices which were designed to make people’s lives easier have simultaneously destroyed some people’s basic skills. When people’s minds get substituted with computers, legs get replaced by cars and conversations with SMS messages, we are suddenly faced with a difficult issue. Instead of modern technology simply helping people, it creates people who don’t know how to live without it…
That’s exactly why we need to remind people of the great potential that lies within them, of their true human nature and the consequences of misusing high-tech products which can prove detrimental to natural resources. If we are individually and collectively aware of this we will obtain a new quality of life.