Social Iatrogenesis

Social Iatrogenesis

Iatrogenesis is an interesting concept. It translates from Greek as, "caused by the healer". However, since at least the time of Hippocrates, it has taken a negative meaning: "Harm or disorder caused by healer or by medical intervention". More recently, it has also been applied to social welfare. Social Iatrogenesis describes problems that arise from trying to fix the problem in the first place.

When you think about it, so much of our life is defined by social iatrogenesis. For the most part, technology tries to solve problems that technology creates in the first place. Similarly, many drugs try to solve problems drugs create in the first place. We solve the hunger issue by producing highly processed foods, and by doing so, cause obesity or eating disorders. Social media is invented to make interpersonal communication easier, yet we are more disconnected from each other thanks to social media...
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