Taking Life One Day at a Time

Technology+You=Dummies?

on June 17, 2011

There was a documentary on CNBC that premiered in January and was broadcasted again in March of this year. It’s focus was on technology and our cell phone usage. Dr. Gary Small mentioned in the episode, “One thing is certain about human nature…we’re born talkers. Our urge to communicate is universal. And now with modern technology we can meet anybody… anywhere… at anytime.”

I’ll confess to being a huge technology user and supporter. I was the type of user that my cell phone was literally attached to my body, at all times! Thankfully I realized this in time, even before viewing the documentary mentioned above, and made personal changes with the usage of my cell phone and with technology in general. In today’s society communication is endless and do you know how many text messages are being sent daily? Twelve billion and that’s worldwide! On top of that, even with our nation’s recent economic issues, purchases of technology and technological instruments/accessories/gadgets were and are still being purchased. So we need to ask ourselves if all this access to technology and evolutionary advancements, making our lives better.

That’s not to say that evolutionary technology isn’t helpful or needed, because that can be demonstrated in the medical and emergency fields. Without such hi-tech advancements we wouldn’t be as successful in treating patients, regardless of what their medical case is. However, something without supervision is harmful. Take alcohol for example, it’s technically not harmful until abused. The key being that everything in moderation isn’t and won’t be harmful. Our technical resources are astounding and continual expanding, I mean look at Google. But we can’t place all our emphasis on technology, because then we’d be shifting to superficial knowledge. Meaning, we’d care more about the expeditious result compared to the process, critical thinking, and our own opinion/analysis of the matter. We see it in our academic system as well. When I graduated junior high and even high school, critical thinking problems and solutions were essential, along with research, not only via the web but that of texts. Sadly texts are becoming extinct and Google is the number one resource for many. The younger generations are having a hard time processing difficult information because of such laziness that has been provided by technology. Of course technology can’t take full responsibility of this error, because parenting and individuals are responsible for actions not technology.

I support the on going process of humanity evolving and its science however, if losing personal communication, respect, and etiquette is to be our future (as it’s currently becoming) then I’d dread who our future presidents will be. Maybe our nation won’t be able to run itself unless someone Google’s “how to run a nation?”

What’s your take on the matter? Do you think technology’s advancements are more beneficial for our future or are they deteriorating what is to become of our future generations?

Yours truly,

A Young Adult

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