There is no doubt that technology invades almost every aspect of our life now, from how we communicate, to how we relax, learn, and even receive the news. While certain advances are generally considered positive, there is a question of whether we are now completely dependent on technology, and would be able to survive without it. There is worry that being overly reliant on gadgets could completely transform society as we know it, and that it may be too late to stop this from happening.
Yes – We Are Overly Reliant
Some people can already point to whole skill sets that are being lost as a result of technology. Very few people see map-reading as a skill worth learning anymore, as we can rely on GPS, and nobody tries to calculate anything in their head as everyone has a calculator on their phone. These were considered vital skills at one point, and are on the verge of being lost completely.
Another element that bothers people is that the art of conversation could die, as so much communication is conducted via technology, whether through texting or social media. People rarely even pick up the phone to make a call any more, meaning that simple speech communication, not just face to face is at risk.
The main issue that bothers many people is the fact that there is a whole generation of children who are being raised in such a way that technology fills most of their needs. It’s how they play, how they learn, how they interact. A tablet is often a babysitter, and a movie has replaced a bedtime story. Physical development can be stunted or harmed as so many kids just sit around playing video games all day.
No – We Are Not Dependent
However, despite the points noted above, there is a solid argument that being reliant on certain aspects of technology isn’t the same as being dependent. As a society we benefit from accepting and adapting to advances, such as the telephone instead of the letter, and now instant communication is possible. In situations of emergency, in contacting loved ones who live far away, this can only be seen as a good thing.
We rely on it more than we rely on skills that used to be important, however being a hunter and builder used to be important skills, and society hasn’t crumbled as a result of the change into modernism. People worried TV would wipe out communication initially, and yet family units and communities have survived. Children have changed their sources of entertainment over the years, and yet one thing that remains the same is that they still rely on their parents and families for food, shelter, clothing, and nurture. This instinct isn’t going to be replaced with technology.
It’s undeniable that certain things have changed with technology, however they’re not necessarily bad – just different, and our dependence doesn’t have to be debilitating. Technology covers cars and planes, which is the best method of transport in so many ways, and many of these advances have led to modern medicine, which most people see as an advantage. While there is a risk of losing social skills, individuals need to make a choice of whether or not to spend all of their time in front of a screen or not – it’s not a collective problem.
Just think, what would happen if your computer, iPad, or laptop crashed today? What if someone took away your phone for some days or perhaps you lost it? If thinking about these incidences makes you stressed, you are not alone. Today, most people are into technology such that losing it would alter their life negatively.
As exciting as it may sound, I can’t deny that we are becoming dependent on technology quite fast. This can be proved by the fact that most of us cannot go for a minute without looking at our phones and the fear of the battery dying is immense. But, do we need it? I can admit that when we talk of technology, it’s hard to resist the benefits it comes with.
Well, society may have gone too far in technology dependence such that it has become so immense that doctors have recommended for “technology detox.” Perhaps you may have heard of it. If not, according to Oxford Dictionary, Technology Detox is a period during which an individual avoids using any electronic devices including computers, smartphones etc as a chance to reduce stress and focus on social interaction in the outside world.
Technology is changing quite faster. After few months, we have an old product replaced by a new version which is even faster and smarter. For those who work in an office, think of a day without internet connection. For the employees, this may be a good time to wander around because there are no new tasks, but ask your boss the stress that comes with this. At home, think of a weekend with no television and cell phone. Actually, these items have become a part of our lives that is indispensable and there is no chance of lacking or losing them.
In fact there is drastic change compared to the early years where kids used to spend a lot time with each other or parents playing or just sharing stories. Those evening games after school is over, watching cartoons on a Sunday or playing with friends are no longer there. Today, more than 75% of kids remain indoors playing computer games or with a smartphone. Technology has taken all our time.
Well, this may get the better part of you of how technology has taken the better part of our society, but here are some signs that our generation depends too much on technology.
If the Internet connection is down, we call it a day.
If you happen to work in offices you may be familiar with this trend. If the internet is down, all the tasks are over for the day. No more no less. Anyway, it’s true, how can work continue if it’s hard to send an email to a colleague or customer? This is common in almost all offices.
You feel stripped with no phone
This is the most sensitive of them all when it comes to technology. Technology addiction is on another levelwith people always checking their text messages and emails every 30 to 40 minutes. The amount of concentration put to these devices something to worry about especially when it comes to dealing with issues in the family.
People do not live in the moment.
Most of the time we spend worrying about issues such as, is my phone charged enough? Does my camcorder have enough charge to record the live event in an event? If one of them is missing, you try as much as possible to search for it no matter what. The result is that you fail to capture and experience the moment since you are busy worried about other things.
Well, the choice remains in our hands. We must agree that the society is being carried away by the increased inventions being introduced in our lives today. The balance we need is to appreciate technology since it has its benefits, but also have the discipline to turn it off when need be to experience life in reality.