By Chelsea Song
We live in a high-tech world and we naturally embrace all the convenience and benefits of using technology. Indeed, the fact that technology improved our convenience of daily life is indisputable. Texting, calling, emailing and numerable gadgets allow us to express ourselves by raising awareness for current problems and merely live our day-to-day lives. These gadgets help humankind in reducing the unnecessary effort to do some dull and monotonous tasks. Students also love the circumstance of incorporating technology while teaching.
From the Stone Age, to the Bronze Age, to the Iron Age and finally to the Technological Age, our society has been progressing miraculously. However, at what point does miniaturization turn to silliness and addiction? Do we not have sufficient “apps”? How does “Candy Crush” better our society? Are we really that lazy that we must depend on robots? How many megapixels do we really need?
Looking around us, everyone is occupied with their gadgets, rather than paying more attention to the surroundings, to their families, and their friends. Phones have become the first thing that teenagers see when they wake up in the morning to the last visual memory before they shut their eyes to go to sleep at night. Kids eat their cereal for breakfast with their left hand while scrolling Instagram with their right hand. Brothers and sisters communicate through text when they are in the same house.
Ultimately, the use of phones and online social media causes us to meet face-to-face less, frequently resulting in a lack of social skills. We lose the ability of communicating with others and have great trouble reading body language. We are so engrossed in this tiny little machine that we don’t realize that we are neglecting what is really important; that is extremely dangerous.
The Norwegian historian Christian Lous Lange formerly indicated that “Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.” Technology makes our lives easier; however, behind each advantage, we should be more mindful and prudent to the cons. Our phones shouldn’t be an extension of our bodies. We should understand the disadvantages of technology and create a balance between benefits and damages. Good on you for reading the paper! Once you put down the phone, you realize that reality trumps the virtual world any day.