“You’ve got mail!“ Or nowadays people have the latest hit song as their messaging tone. Technology has come a long way over the past twenty years. The Internet and technology have advanced tremendously and with cell phones turning into “smartphones.” It seems people today just have it made with the world at their fingertips. The question arises: are people really using technology and the new advances that come along almost everyday the right way? Also, what kind of impact does technology had on human nature? Is it for the better or can it lead to crippling social isolation?
Technology does not help human character. It separates people from nature and from themselves. Technology seems to take away people’s emotions. "As human beings we need direct, natural experiences; we require fully activated senses in order to feel fully alive" (Opposing Viewpoints in Context). Face to face contact is very limited with all the advances in technology and it is making people “artificial.” Technology has made people lazy, impatient and maybe even depressed.
The world depends on technology constantly. It is uncommon to see people pass by without their face in the phone or headphones and an iPod. Technology seems like it commands the world. It has brought on great things such as cars, microwaves, advances in medicine and even alarm clocks, but is society too dependent? Not many people can remember a simple seven digit phone number without scrolling through their contacts. Technology seems to have placed a damper on the common sense of people. Society relies on Google and YouTube if a problem needs to be fixed rather than finding out themselves or asking an actual person for assistance. It is like a child asking their parent for help on homework and the parent just doing the work for the child. The child will never learn anything but, “I can just charm mommy with my cute dimples and I will never have to do homework again.” It is nice to have a crutch every now and again, but people need to know they can stand on their own.
Technology proceeds at an unimaginable speed. Everyday something new is on the market. The latest smartphone with even better speed than yesterday’s, an even better MP3 player that holds ten times the songs and movies than the one that was released six hours ago. Because technology moves so fast it may very well self-destruct. It is no longer regulated by nature, or humans, and cannot control itself. Self-replicating technologies such as robotics and genetic engineering are self-accelerating at such a rate that they can become unmanageable at any moment. Very few civilizations, escape the self-destroying capacity of technology.
Today’s college students have never known a time when personal computers did not exist. Most of their classrooms throughout grade school were equipped with computers, and more than likely they also had a computer at home with access to the Internet. Their learning process has always included technology, not to mention the impact it has had on their development of friendships, communication, research and writing skills (Junco and Mastrodicasa). Texting and online chats are thought to be much easier means of communication today, especially for the younger generation. These forms of communication help people to better keep in touch.
“Multitasking is an art refined to perfection by today’s college student and one of their most valued multitasking tools is instant messaging. Instant messaging (IM) technology allows real-time responses that might otherwise take hours or days if sent by e-mail. Chatting online provides students the opportunity to stay connected with their friends and family and collaborate with classmates” (Salas and Alexander).
Technology has greatly improved communication over the years, but are people using these improvements in the right way? It seems as though people rely on status updates, tweets and wall posts to communicate with others. Yes, sites such as facebook and...
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