Riza De Asis
WR 121: TR 1:00 p.m.
June 11, 2013.
Face-to-Face is Way Better Than Computer-Mediated
Technology helps to make life easier than ever before. The development of technology has brought a considerable change to the way we live today. It is undeniable that devices such as computers bring benefits to most people. This, however, makes people neglect the drawbacks of relying too much on computers as the means of communication instead of talking to people face-to-face. The effects of relying too much on computers will negatively impact not only physically and emotionally, but also environmentally on society. Most of us today prefer to stay inactive and work in front of our computer monitors. This damages our health. Spending too many hours on a computer can cause someone backache and dizziness from eye muscle strain. I have noticed that wearing glasses has become more prevalent in today’s generation. What stood out to me was children aged at least four or five years old wearing spectacles. As they get older, for sure, their eyesight will get worse. In addition, as people prefer to work in front of their computers, this discourages them from doing healthy activities such as exercise. This happens not only among teens but also women today. Thanks to technology, household chores have become less time consuming, which has a negative effect on health. According to a study, in 1965 women spent an average of 25.7 hours a week cooking, cleaning and doing laundry; in 2010, that number decreased to 13.3 hours per week (Archer). In short, less housework plus more technology equals worse health, a study says (Boyette). I am of opinion that face-to-face communication can help us to do healthy activities such as talking to friends while walking or jogging in the park. Not only that, some people do not know that being active on the computer can cause a disease called carpel tunnel syndrome (CTS). According to an article on the Michigan State University...
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