Technology: Friend or Foe?
I think that technology is amazing. The latest technological advances have so much possibilities and potential that it could change our lives drastically. It terms of social media, technology already has changed so much about the common forms of communication and interaction between human beings. Facebook, twitter, dating sites, and more are taking over our social lives, fast. Often times, I consider deleting my Facebook because I feel that it can be a huge waste of time. Today it seems like I am surrounded by people who update their status every hour of the day and although I can appreciate technology as much as any other person, I have to ask the question, am I the only one that sees the negative effects? After reading the article, "Technology Can Be Bad", it really got me thinking about how this modern technology is affecting us.
Technology has "sped up life". We can find answers to questions faster and we can get things done more efficiently. It is true that this is a great advancement in today's world, but can't it also be said that it is making us lazier too? We as humans are thinkers and dreamers and I understand that technology can be seen as humans being more efficient, but I can't help but see it as us using technology so it can think for us. The more that technology evolves, the less we have to do as humans. I see this making us lazier overall and I think it is really affecting our social lives.
Many people say that Facebook is a great tool to keep in touch with friends but is that really what we are using it for? To me, keeping in touch means asking someone how they've been and getting an actual response. Keeping in touch doesn't mean reading their Facebook page and looking through their pictures without them even knowing. I think it is actually scary how much we can know about a person without ever even speaking to them. Humans are nosey, and lets' be realistic, THAT is what we use Facebook for. To catch up on the drama, to see who's gained the freshman fifteen, to find out who their ex is dating now, and to see how the party was that they missed the other night.
I am not saying that everything about Facebook is bad. That is why I still have mine. It is a fun way to communicate with your friends, but all 784 of them? Most of the "friends" we have on Facebook aren't even our friends. Why can't we just pick up the phone and give someone a call that we haven't talked to in a while? I am sure the majority of us don't even have most of our Facebook friends numbers.
With all of today's new technology we can access the internet anywhere, any time. We pass people on the street and everyone is looking down at their phones instead of interacting with the people right beside them. Do we even need to physically talk to people anymore? It's almost easier to communicate online. People are more confident behind a computer screen and they can be whoever they want to be. That is why online dating is so popular now. Online you can meet someone who is confident and charming and once you see them in person they are really nervous and shy.
I worry that all of this technology that makes it so easy for us to communicate with one another is actually making us socially awkward. We are starting to get used to things coming easy to us and not having to do much ourselves including communicating. It is much easier to say hi to a stranger in a message than physically walking up to someone to introduce yourself. I worry for the younger generations because they are growing up in a world where this kind of technology is all they know. The article, "Young People Cop to It: Technology Is Bad for Us," talks about how life is for kids growing up with this technology and that kids even agree that it is bad for them! I think it is important for people to think for themselves and go out and see the world and physically meet and talk to new people in person. We shouldn't just experience life over the internet, we should be able to appreciate the simplicity of life and how enjoyable it is even without technology.
So what do you think? Is technology really just a helpful advancement in our lives or is it negatively affecting our lives? Here is another link to help us answer this question:
"Students Addicted to Technology: The Good and Bad News"
Technology: Friend or Foe Essay
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It is no surprise that technology is rapidly taking over the world, and defining the day to day lives we live. As humans we are constantly engaged in some form of technology. However, the role of technology in early childhood classroom is a growing and controversial topic. The bottom line question for most teachers is whether or not computer based technology is developmentally appropriate for early childhood students, and if they benefit from using computers as a primary learning tool. Technology is the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment (Webster Dictionary). Technology has been present in the world for centuries, from…show more content…
He goes on to state that children become confident when mastering the skills of software, and they are able to follow pictorial directions. Clement also states that work at a computer will persuade children to work in groups, and become more social. However, he also indicates that beneficial effects of a child learning directly from computers could take up to a year. If students are engaged in the computer program and their attention is drawn on to the screen, do they really interact with other students or are they off somewhere in their own little world (Criss, 2006). With the use of developmental software children can learn a variety of skills such as long-term memory skills and manual dexterity. Children spend up to 3 times as long learning through drill and practice software, but attain half the gain as developmental with supplemental lessons to furnish what computer software is missing (Clement, 2004).
Other studies indicate that children will be more engaged, and willing to learn the subject at hand. However, finding activities and materials online that pertain to the lesson is not always easy. Requiring teachers to spend more time planning lessons, rather than evaluating observation and determining lessons that are demanding to a child’s learning needs. Computer based technological learning allows a child to learn and work