The Importance of Technology: Is it really the new way of living?Friday, May 25, 2012 By Stella Yakam
In an age when technology is the main object of human existence, or so it seems, humans have reached a whole new level of what I call stupidity. I say this not to offend anyone, but rather bring warning to individuals about their daily excessive reliance on technology. With so many technological advancements such as cell phones, computers, iPods, iPads, laptops, television and much more, it is fair to say that humans are little bit too dependent on technology. I do not mean this with the slightest praise, but rather to say that individuals nowadays seem incapable of thinking without some sort of technological assistance. They use technology as if it is a food source rather than a convenience (which is what it is supposed to be; a tool). These individuals let technologies such as computers become their intelligence as they use it to research schoolwork (sometimes even committing plagiarism), play video games, watch and catch up on their favorite television shows and their ever-so-popular one, connect with friends. Some may say technology is great because life without it would be boring and things would be at the same level as in the "olden days." These people, I feel, have been so completely brainwashed by technology that they are unable to see its harmful effects. Television, perhaps the most recognizable of all "advanced" technologies, alone is credited with problems such as obesity, sleep deprivation, low academic performance, and laziness. Video games share the blame with their purported increase of violence in kids, while gadgets like cell phones, iPods, and computers are attributed with creating communication gaps in family lives. According to an article on www.csun.edu, "When a group of 4-6 year olds were asked to choose between watching TV and spending quality time with their fathers, 54% of them would rather watch TV." It is outrageous to the point that it is downright pathetic. For an individual to choose technology, television in this case over a family member is simply ridiculous. In today’s society, it is useless trying to have any meaningful conversations with people because they will either be listening to their music on their iPods, playing games like Temple Run, or answering their latest tweets and emails. These individuals claim to be "listening." It is safe to say that technology is now the brains behind humans and not the other way around. What was first created to help people is now the main force that drives them in separate directions. Having a conversation with a person today will require you to set up an appointment at least a week in advance, and, yes, they probably will check their gadgets to make sure they are available. The point is, through their excessive use of technology, humans have created this societal drift that just keeps getting bigger and bigger. People say technology has brought them together; well, obviously they must be blind if they can’t see the catastrophe that has been created due to their abuse of technology. When it comes to technology such as military advancement in weaponry and surveillance and educational progress, technology is rather helpful, but when people start to abuse everyday usage of technology, there is no benefit. I am not saying that people should take all their technological objects and bag them forever because that would be asking the impossible. I am, however, asking people to limit their use of technology in the hope that we still have the chance to call ourselves "intelligent" in this world. The irony is the fact that humans, the ones who create technology, are the ones who come to rely on it more than on their own brains.