English IV – 2
29 October 2013
The Bias of Technology Dependence
Many have become overwhelmed in technology and are very dependent on the fact that our world is wrapped around the use of technology. Technology is developing faster than we can adapt. Technology has become more sophisticated like cell phones and vehicles, they have smart phones that can set your alarm in your house, and start your car or even control any home appliances. The world has now invented smart cars that are energy efficient and that can drive themselves.
Technology has many Report revealing that 65% of U.S. consumers are spending more time with their computers than with their significant others. If there was any doubt that computers and technology are taking over the lives of Americans, it was dispelled Monday by two studies -- one noting that most Americans spend more time with their computers than with their spouses, the other revealing many drivers are e-mailing and instant messaging while driving. After reviewing PC and broadband Internet usage by 1,001 Americans, Kenton Research found that 65% of U.S. consumers are spending more time with their computers than with their significant others; moreover, they aren't very happy with their technology experience.
It's no surprise that Kelton Research found that consumers are frustrated. "A majority of Americans (52%) describe their most recent experience with a computer as one of anger, sadness, or alienation," according to the announcement of the study. The study, conducted for Support Soft, found also that the average American computer user is wasting 12 hours a month because of problems with computers. Support Soft provides software and services for the automation of technology problems; the company said it has launched a new service aimed at helping consumers cope with their technology problems. In a second study, Nationwide Mutual Insurance said nearly 80% of American drivers admit to DWD (driving while distracted), and many of the distracted drivers admit to talking on cell phones, as well as checking and sending e-mail and instant messages while driving. Most people I know don’t believe screens are addictive and research shows that most parents are only mildly concerned that their kids may be using too much technology. I’d guess this is because technology, and even excessive screen time, aren’t widely recognized as being harmful, like say drugs or alcohol. Excessive screen time is considered socially acceptable by many, if not most people. However, in college (about a million years ago) I majored in nursing and during psych clinical. my professors would say that addiction becomes a true problem when it affects your day to day life and the lives of those around you. It’s a good point, because I see this continually with screens. One family member is upset because everyone is staring at their phones; relationships bust up over too much tech time; and tech even gets folks in trouble at work and school. If screens are affecting every segment of your child’s life plus your kid’s interactions with others, it’s clearly not just a free time activity, it’s a problem. If you look at any basic Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Gambling Anonymous or Alcohol Anonymous pamphlet, you’ll see some parallels between drug addiction and screen addiction. Older adults of this generation didn’t grow up on screens and even younger adults had fewer technology options than kids today, yet they’re just as addicted, if not more so. A 2011 national survey by TeleNav, Inc. showed that adults are far more willing to give up everyday activities if it means they can keep their screens, especially their cell phones. The survey revealed that 40% of iPhone users would give up their toothbrush for a week before their phone. 83% of iPhone users said other iPhone users would make the best romantic partners. Half of all adults surveyed said they sleep with their phone. 1/3 of mobile phone users would give up...
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