iCrazy: Are We Becoming Obsessed With Technology?
There’s an old saying, “too much of a good thing can be bad.” Is it possible that this saying can be applied to modern technology? One can argue that without technology, we as people could never survive. While technology-in all forms-has transcended life for the better in many cases, it may also have become the greatest “crutch” for the human race. Unbelievable advances in the technological world have casted a shadow over the real one. These advances have impacted our world so immensely that people’s social skills have diminished while their dependence on cell phones and ipods have escalated. The reality is that without our greatest “crutch”, we would be crippled as a society.
Technology has provided the ultimate “crutch” in our society: social networking. Networking, as we all know, is a great way to build relationships, which could end up helping you personally or professionally. On the other hand, Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace are all websites that basically provide a convenient way for individuals to sit on their computers and phones and communicate with large numbers of people all at once. Now, being a victim of these addicting sites, as well as the rest of the world, I know first-hand what really goes on. Many individuals do not use these sites for networking, however, they are substituting networking with the need to post their insignificant daily activities for all to see. In a recent study by Retrevo, which surveyed 1,000 Americans, charts showed that almost half of people surveyed checked into their Facebook accounts during the night and as soon as they woke up. By no surprise were Iphone users shown to of checked their Facebooks/Twitters more. It has come to the point that whether you want to be a sucker for Facebook or not, people are beginning to have no choice. It is clear that Facebook is becoming a true addiction and almost like a chore for many Americans.
The major achievements of technology have left man spell-bound and every part of the world today is enjoying the comforts provided by technology. Thanks to technology, all the countries are interlinked and we are now living in a global village. Modern technology has greatly improved people's lives through different fields such as medicine, work, education, industry as well as warfare. However, we ...
Face to face conversations have nearly vanished as a result of today’s latest devices and can also be considered one of the greatest disadvantages of the cellular phone. In the past, while waiting for a bus, several people waiting would engage in a conversation. People who traveled the same routes every day
would end up developing friendships along the way. Unfortunately, today’s technology has turned this situation into a nonoccurrence. Instead, when people are waiting for a bus, they will automatically pull out their cell phones to speak with friends and miss out on opportunities to make new ones. In large cities and towns, many people do not know their neighbors, despite the fact that they may have lived in the same neighborhood for years. As a society, we are beginning to lose the face-to-face contact which was once such an important part of our lives in the past. cell phone talking and texting have become an every day ritual for most of today’s youth. Granted, cell phones could pose a sense of security between parent and child, however, the amount of cell phone use amongst teenagers has increased since new advances in technology. This can alter a child’s contributions in school and can move their attention to texting their boyfriends and girlfriends rather than committing themselves to homework and studying. People are even going as far as to text each other while they are in the same room, rather than just speaking. Pens and paper are becoming basic tools for school and work rather than for a letter to a distant friend or family member.
Music is also being greatly affected by today’s expanding technology. Lisa Respers, France of CNN states, “as the music industry as a whole struggles in a down economy and direct download business models like iTunes flourish, the compact disc — which was commercially introduced in 1982 — has the appearance of going the way of vinyl.” Cd’s are now becoming a thing of the past and the dramatic drop of cd sales can show that. This can be partially due to America’s #1 online music source, “Itune’s,” which allows customers to purchase individual songs, albums, and movies all simply with a click of their mouses. Today, you would not even think of stepping into a store to purchase a cd of the hottest new artist just because you happened to like “one” of their songs. Instead, Itune’s becomes a more reliable source, allowing you to pick which song on the album that you would like to buy. What about those old fashion cd players we all had 17 years ago? Instead of those, you’d preferably see your average American strolling around with their best friend the Ipod or Itouch. These electronics are becoming more of a want rather than a need in today’s society.
'Watson, come here; I want you.' This was the first sentence which was transferred by Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant (Reiman). When Graham succeeded in transferring a human voice throw a machine, he realized that he invented a new instrument which will make communication between people easier and faster. Day by Day, scientists started to improve and develop what Bell started and tried to ...
All the matters mentioned above are small issues, but we should all be able to see that they are symbolic of a larger problem. Just because technology is there and makes something easier doesn’t mean we should rely on it so heavily that we can’t think or do for ourselves. What happens when the technology fails? What would the world be like without it? Any piece of technology should not be considered so important that we can’t function without it. Going back to the saying “too much of a good thing can be bad,” Americans should not lose themselves in technology. If we can respect our past but embrace the future at the same time, we should never lose who we are.