Are We Too Dependent on Computers?
Is our society too dependent on computers? I, like many Americans today, have become reliant on the usage of computers. It influences all aspects of my life by bringing about a new level of convenience. Computers are a part of our everyday lives whether we like it or not. They make simple tasks much easier and allow us to strive to our full potential.However over the years, computers have become much more than a tool but necessary part of our lives. They have replaced almost every important contrivance humans have. Today computers replace the way we conduct our academic research, supply our food, keep businesses competitive and maintain our military superiority. Computers are not being used as convenience, but as a necessary part of our modern and materialist society . Humans have always looked for the easy way out. Computers are society's new way of achieving the easy way out. Computers give us a quick fix. This is creating a society that is accustomed to instant gratification. Lee Meserve from ohio state university believes that we rely on technology too much in todays society. In the journal, “The Problem with Relying on Technology” Meserve states, “ We learn things that work perfectly well every time; then we find an easier way that has flaws and we forget the time-tested mechanism.” What Lee is saying is that we abandon all old forms of getting what we want. It is very hard to return to these old ways however. With the implication of the computer into society, most believe that pursuing old fashioned techniques is redundant. Computers are not become a quick fix anymore, they are becoming necessary because people do not see the value in implementing old techniques. First, computers have changed the way society conducts important academic research. Our society often views a computer as the only way to get some information. It has become such a convenience that to utilize other outlets of information seems redundant. I the article,” Is society dependent on computers?” www.liutilities.com says, “If only we know when to stop emailing our friends, and meet them for a cofffee, write the occasional letter, and bear in mind that libraries are there for a purpose.” www.liutilities.com explains that that we need to know the limitations of the computer. They are trying to explain that there are other ways to find out information that we need. he gives library's as an example of a long forgot source of information. The current generation has become so accustomed to simplicity of the computer for research purposes. Children no longer have to find the answer they just have to just have to type it in on the google search bar and get the answer. Now computers are not used as a helpful search tool but as a requirement to certain information. You used to be able to find all the information that you need in a local newspaper but now the only way to get unbiased professional information is your computer. This lack of information shows that computers are not being used as a convenience to find out information but as a necessary tool to find information that cannot be found elsewhere. Computers have changed the education system as a whole. They have given the advantage to the kid who has the better technology. For example, if a kid has a personal computer and another kid has to go to the library the kid with the personal computer has much easier access to necessary information. Not only does the kid with the personal computer have access to convenient information, he has access to more information. This convenience creates a biased learning situation that is mainly based off wealth. Computers are not the sole purpose of this bias situation but are one of the main contributors. Schools have been working hard to supply kids with the same materials but the evolution of personal computers is growing at a rapid rate. Now it is considered not normal to own your own laptop during high school. Teacher use...
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