Are We Too Dependent on Computers?
Elisa M. Mata Pinales
April 20, 2012
Texas A&M International University
A great number of specialists agree to the fact that while technology improves, people become more dependent on it, which is the case of the computer. Having a computer and the knowledge to use it has a lot of advantages but also disadvantages. The use of the computer makes many things easy; you can find whatever you want on it, and this is very helpful for everybody. Just as these advantages, computers also have disadvantages. The disadvantages include: damages to health, learning skills, and sociability. With the use of computer people have quit doing things that they used to enjoy, or the thing they need to do.
Are we too dependent on computers?
If you remember how everything was ten years ago, you would realize that we have been getting very dependent on computers. We used to research on books, magazines or newspapers, and we used to read what we were researching about. With the internet most of us do not worry about researches since we just need no write a keyword and we would have what we want. Another thing why we are becoming dependent on computers is because we can communicate through it. Technology has been improving throughout years, and that is the reason why we become dependent of it. Extreme computer use damages the sight. As Natalio Izquierdo stated, “By working long hours using a computer, a compilation of systemic and ocular symptoms may develop.” (para. 1). The light of the computer burns the retina and that makes the quality of sight decrease. One article (“Computer VDU’s & Eye Damage,” 2012) states that London Hazards Centre investigation says that 71 to 90 percent of the people that stare in front of a computer screen, more than six hours per day, suffer from eye issues (para. 4). Excessive computer use also causes headaches, general...
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