Technology and its Major Impact on People.
How it all began
I became interested in my topic after commuting for my first and second semester of college at San Francisco State University. There was a day where I couldn’t find a seat during my BART train commute, so I ended up with my only choice of standing for the whole one-hour commute dying in pain from exhaustion in my legs and feet. Within 30 minutes into my commute, the BART train became packed with many people. I was pressed up against many people. Needless to say, I was very uncomfortable. During my commute, I took a second to observe the people around me out of pure boredom. I noticed that mostly every single person in my BART train was either on their smartphone swiping up and down on a page of some sort on their screens or dead asleep in their seats. It then got me thinking, how bad is our situation with smartphones? How far do people go with their addiction with technology? I was very curious about it and now I’m excited that I get to write about it for class! Researching about this topic might also benefit me with my major considering I am a Computer Science major and that I will mostly spend my time in life looking at a screen doing work.
Technology, as of Now
Many people in America use technology on a daily basis. The majority of Americans own a smartphone of some sort. With the smartphone, they’re able to use internet, social media applications, simple addictive games, stream music or videos, and many more. Video games have also increased in popularity throughout the years of the 2000s. Nowadays, many kids or young adults play video games instead of playing sports or other activities. Some houses or cars even have technology so advanced like the Tesla auto pilot, Roomba Robot vacuum, Smart-LED lightbulbs, and much more.
Without a doubt, technology has definitely seen improvements throughout the years, and it’s still going to be uphill from here on out. The technology essentially improves the daily life for a person, however, some might argue that technology is actually destroying humans and turning them into ‘digital robots’. Some people may argue that many people are over excessively glued to their technology screens and that it basically resembles an unhealthy addiction.
A Brief History Behind Technology,
The 2000s were mainly when technology began to advance and improve. Smartphones were not a common thing around the 1900s. It became widely known around the 2000s. The first iPhone came out in 2007. It was the first smartphone to ever multi-touch interface. We have access to applications that allow us to send text messages to friends or family from across the world free of charge. We are able to order food online or have it delivered to us. We have an application that finds transportation rides for us similar to a taxi, but through an application.
Our mistakes with Technology
We are incredibly lucky to experience all of these amazing technology creations. This is all new stuff and we are the first to experience it, so because of that, we are prone to making mistakes. Many kids, teenagers, and even some young adults or adults look at their phone screens at unnecessary moments of life. For example, a couple is out on a date dining at a beautiful restaurant, but during the date, they share minimal eye contact and conversation. They instead both look at their phones for nearly half of the date instead of each other.
There have also been times where one person is constantly using their phone while the other is just sitting there idly doing nothing.
Another scenario is a group of young teenagers, all hanging out with each other, but some of the teenagers are using their phones instead of conversing with friends around them. I’ve personally seen all of these scenarios myself, and it just seems so awkward and wrong.
Credible sources speaking of Technology
In a NY Times blog titled “Hooked on Our Smartphones” by Jane E. Brody, the writer talks about how some people have become excessively addicted to their phones to the point where it affects them negatively in many ways such as relationships and health. Brody explains that “The near-universal access to digital technology, starting at ever younger ages, is transforming modern society in ways that can have negative effects on physical and mental health, neurological development and personal relationships, not to mention safety on our roads and sidewalks” (Brody, 2017).
Brody makes a very great point and perfectly explains it as well. With smartphones becoming a common thing among many people of all ages, it sometimes leads to a negative or positive effect on one’s life. Some people don’t have a good balance of the amount of time they spend on their smartphones compared to other activities requiring a person’s full attention. This smartphone addiction has led some people to fatal accidents or unhealthy relationships. Brody believes you should keep a good balance of life and technology.
In another NY Times blog titled “Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children” by Jane E. Brody, the writer talks about a documentary video called “Web Junkie”, which is about Children and young teenagers in China who have a clinical disorder of Internet Addiction. Internet Addiction in China has become so unhealthy that Doctors are now classifying it as a health disorder to prevent these children and kids from becoming addicted to the Internet 24/7. Brody then explains how “While Internet addiction is not yet considered a clinical diagnosis here, there’s no question that American youths are plugged in and tuned out of “live” action for many more hours of the day than experts consider healthy for normal development” (Brody, 2017).
In China, many kids and children are significantly unhealthy when it comes to using the internet. They have a strong addiction to the internet and they have no interest in the outside world. All they want is the internet and the comfort of their house or room. Brody also mentions how the same exact scenario in China, where Internet Addiction is considered a clinical disorder, could honestly happen to the children in the United States at any point as of now. It seems to be a matter of time, but it’s possible that our children develop an addiction to the internet.
My Stance with Technology
First off, I would like to state that I am very open minded about my topic, and I mostly understand both sides or perspectives of the situation. I understand that we as people have different standards and views of certain situations and that everyone has the freedom to use their technology whenever they wish. I also know that some others have complained about this topic as well and that some have even considered it a problem. I’m not completely sure on what I want to know about this topic, but for starters, I would like to know the thought process or reasoning to why people use smartphones or technology at unnecessary moments like on a date or at a gathering with friends.
It honestly boggles my mind whenever I see people perform this sort of actions because I find it way more enjoyable to converse with somebody rather than looking into my smartphone all day. I believe people should communicate and converse with each other face-to-face rather than staring into their smartphones or technology most of the day. I hope that one day my writing reaches to those that are addicted to technology, and I wish for them to maintain a balance for life and technology.
· Brody, Jane E. “Hooked on Our Smartphones.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 09 Jan. 2017. Web. 05 Mar. 2017.
· Brody, Jane E. “Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 06 July 2015. Web. 05 Mar. 2017.