Power Down

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Across the world this morning, people roll out of bed and hit the snooze button of their beeping alarms. After dragging themselves out of bed, they turn on the coffee maker, plug in the toaster, and catch up on the Channel 4 Daily News. The radio station playing Today’s Hits soon fades out the purring of their cars. Visualize America without technology none of this would be possible. Constantly surrounded by technology, one becomes excessively dependent. With the good, technology also has a bad side. Wasted money, more laziness, and decreased quality of life are just some of the cons of technology.

Firstly, technology wastes money. While some technology benefits mankind, most would waste money. Instead of donating money, using it to help a stranger or loved one, some use it on buying new gadgets the media pronounces as “cool.” Whether Direct TV, iPods, smart phones, Xbox, PS3, or the newest gadget out there, it is a waste to constantly spend money on these worldly things. Although they are not immoral, humans are overly dependent on them and their status, rather than God. With expensive gadgets, the bills also cost a great deal. Phones, texting, data, electricity, Internet; these are just a few of the bills I hear my parents talk about. Even though these things simplify our lives, the money we spend on insignificant gadgets could be used for the greater good to make someone else’s life better. Technology uses money for wasteful reasons, rather than purposeful reasons.

Secondly, technology promotes laziness. With the amount of technology humans have obtained, laziness is a path that many choose. Although we use technology to help everyday life, it often is misused for laziness. For example, due to the information individuals have at their fingertips, learning has become less self-sufficient. Rather than using a dictionary or libraries, Google and auto correct commonly replace these. Instead of using these tools to an advantage, one uses it for a quick fix...
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