Addiction to Technology essay

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Today’s technology advancements are vastly growing. For many, this is seen as a good thing, but to others it can take a wrong turn for the worse. Technology has become necessary to navigate our everyday lives from how we get our news to how we maintain our relationships. Young children are encouraged to learn how to use technology in the classroom as the use of computers has become more abundant over time. This was never the cause. People used to take the time to sit and read books and maintain relationships through letters and face-to-face interactions. Now we go online and in less than a min or two are updated with everything that’s going on in our friend’s lives. Technology is changing the way we think by affecting our attention spans, our need to be involved with social media, and leading to disorders through the excessive use of the internet. The use of computers provides an extra form of excitement. Technology allows us to avoid using our minds. To naturally use or minds today have seemed to be too much; our minds are lazy, causing us to have shorter attention spans. For example, a student could have a reading assignment but instead of taking the time to read a book he can go and find a video or audio recording of the reading. What the student loses is the experience to imagine the story through his own eyes and build his own views. We live in such a face paced world where everyone is constantly multitasking and technology caters to this way of life. It’s so easy to become addicted to technology since it is literally always at our fingertips, providing us with a consistent stream of texts and tweets. Many mental health experts feel that society’s growing addiction to technology could eventually lead to a huge decrease in interpersonal relationships. "If our attention span constricts to the point where we can only take information in 140-character sentences, then that doesn't bode too well for our future," said Dr. Elias Aboujaoude, director of...
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