Today’s society has advanced so this past decade. So much to the point we use it at a daily basis. Technology does have it’s perks, but are we getting too dependent on it? Technology has its advantages in many ways and I know firsthand how powerful and convenient today’s technology is. Without it, I would have a lot of trouble getting through my day. I would not be able to get a hold of someone as easy without my blackberry. I am constantly text messaging on it. So much to the point that I trip over stuff while I am walking due to reading a long text.
My blackberry is basically my life. It is great to know that if I ever get stranded in the middle of a desert on my way to California, I have roadside assistance on my phone to save me. I have everything I need in one little handheld device. If I cannot define a word I will just pull out my blackberry and google it instead of pulling out an old fashioned dictionary. When I am bored in my biology lecture I get on the internet and start social networking instead of listening to my professor’s lecture. I and many of my peers do this.
I believe technology is one of the best things man has created, but at the same time I feel that the more technology advances the more my generation is becoming so incredibly dependent on it. We are losing our ability to think with all these easy search engines. They correct our spelling for us and provide answers to questions in a second. I and many of my peers have trouble paying attention in class because of all the distraction the internet and cell phones cause. What happened to the old fashioned notebook and pencil in class? Instead we use laptops to type down some notes and google any questions.
Searching for research on an essay is all in one very simple search engine. The Internet has been and continues to be a wonderful source of information and resources. It gives us the ability to pay bills, do research for a school project, purchase items not available at your local store and stay in touch with relatives across the globe. But it can be a very easy way to suck up time in a persons day. Life is more simple with these wonderful devices, but we are becoming too lazy to pick up a book and learn things on our own. I feel like I and many of my classmates barley open a book for class, instead we use the internet for everything.
This is becoming a serious issue. I feel that we are not expanding our minds like we used to back when technology was not as advanced. I remember back in middle school were the internet was available, but I did not let it take up time in my day. I found myself being more productive with my life back then. Now, I probably spent a fourth of my day using the internet, which is not necessary at all. With so much power to discover new things without even thinking makes me wonder what will happen to our next generation as technology advances. Are we headed for a world where everything is technology driven and devoid of what makes us human?
I look at today’s society and I feel that it is really getting to that point. It is almost as if we are turning into robots. We are divorcing ourselves from regular human activities. `We are now getting to the point where we are programmed to use technology at a daily basis. My generation needs to realize that there are many other types of activities that give us greater satisfaction than anything that is offered online. Instead of spending two to three hours text messaging a friend, social networking and checking listings on Ebay, we should really take a visit to a local library and hold an actual book in our hands to expand our minds.
We should build relationships with new people the old fashioned way instead of using Facebook and Myspace. Technology is taking control of our lives. I rarly do anything productive anymore. Television shows distract me from going out for a jog or taking my dog for a walk. The more I think about it, it makes me upset that we have became so dependent on technology. Many people can argue about it, but reality is we are getting dependent on technology. It is running our lives.