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The Social Effects of Technology

The effects of technology and why we should stop depending on it.

Back in the day, television was considered the climax of technology. Today, our society has come to a point where technology that we could never have imagined 20 years ago is being invented, all the time. Think about how much we all depend on technological products. Think about how there always is an easier way to do something with the aid of technology. Think about all the different times you use technology each day. Think about how advanced in terms of technology we are.

Try to picture what could even be thought of being invented 50 years from now. Amazing right? Now pretend all of that went away. Pretend technology ceased to exist. It seems horrible, but really, when you give it some thought you realize that since it’s been done before, why can’t it be done now? If 20 years ago we didn’t have things called “iPods” or “cell phones,” why can’t we just throw them all away? Why do we need these things so badly? The answer is: we, as the major countries of the world, have installed technology so vastly into our everyday lives, never thinking about what might happen if it went away, that if one day our iPods and our cell phones and our hybrid cars stopped working, all of us would suffer, for better and for worse. People shouldn’t be so dependent on technology. People should not live their lives around technology. Sure, technology helps everyone out to some degree, but technology can also become an addiction, an addiction that we cannot stop.

In 50 years from now, when technology is even more advanced than it is now, imagine how much more we will be addicted to technology. No one is saying technology should be stopped entirely, because frankly, technology does save us time, and technology does help us for the better. All that should be observed is that technology should be controlled in a livable non-life changing way.

It’s always fun to use technology, however, if becoming dependent is evident, then other needs such as good health, exercise, sleep time, education, and even things such as family or friends are sacrificed (StraightUp). Life goes by fast, with many opportunities that should be given to everyone. Technology only speeds it all up, forcing you to wave at them as they pass by, without getting a chance to try doing it with your own two hands, and accomplishing something without the use of unnecessary technological products.

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  1. stephyyMariee

    On January 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Its funny how your talking about people being wrapped up in the internet yet your posting this on the internet, cause without it, you wouldn’t be able to get your opinion heard.

    -Technology Loving Teen:)

  2. steeeevveeee

    On March 20, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Haha, i agree with #1, but good opinion… makes you think!
    :) )

  3. sana

    On May 4, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    i am not agree with both of you , there is right opinion about technology………………………

  4. w

    On May 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    people talking on phones is not the real issue…technological advancements in weaponry, energy, cars, refineries and other major industries should be adressed…at least, if you want to get any kind of a point across, they should…

  5. jonoy Drummond

    On September 22, 2009 at 11:50 am

    yeah thats true but its helpful anyways

  6. omar khodr

    On October 11, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    shut up u guys plz:P:P:P:P:P

  7. Gabrielle

    On October 13, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    W, yes talking on the phone is an issue. That’s how many people get into accidents, why no one is communicating and why people fail to learn complete social skills.

  8. eric

    On April 1, 2010 at 11:33 am

    but without technology, you wouldnt all be on here wasting your time posting these lame replies.

  9. Celiwe Mbongo

    On April 10, 2010 at 10:58 am

    i agree that technology has taken ownership in our lives because it seems that without it we no longer going survive and we are now less independent because we know that we can actually rely on technology and get things done at an instant

  10. eg

    On April 21, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    apples are good

  11. anonymous

    On May 18, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Think about this:
    All other life on the planet it not reliant on technology, they also generally die young and often. They aren’t capable of deep thought and aren’t self aware. They will most likely never expand beyond were nature puts them. We on the other hand, with the help of our technology have been able to expand far beyond what nature allows us to, we know this because without that technology and the knowledge that comes with it would no doubt return to the most primitive stages of human life, when the only difference between us and monkeys was that we could stand (sort of) and they can’t. Is it do bad that we are dependant on technology? If we need technology to live the way we do we can figure out a way to make it work, because with our technology we can control our future. That is what makes us unique, our technology and everything that comes with it.

  12. tux123

    On August 4, 2010 at 12:50 am

    The point is: as long as the technology is used as a helpful tool, it won’t harm us. We might assume that technological innovations will effect our lives much more in the future than it does nowadays, most probably in the way beyond our imagination.
    The combination of economic practices and technology usage results into the ultimate goal of selling and buying technological products to perceive happiness. Buyers are happy with their fancy technological tools they are more frequently requiring and sellers are happy by increasing their profits and customers’ loyalty. But how can we rely our happiness on technology or on any physical object? However, in doing so, we are about to experience a new form of slavery and addiction: the “econology” (= the result of economical and technological effects on social life).
    Let us just for a moment think how our desire of buying new, fancy stuff keeps us from relaxing or taking one day off our work. We just fool ourselves, with the illusion that we need the money. What do we really need the money for? Rent, food, clothes, a mobile phone, a single computer sound to me respectable but why do we need a new phone or computer every year (even though our last one works perfectly fine)?
    It is definitely an illusion to think that we control something that has become such an important part of our lives, especially as a consumer and customer. If we can not get along without it, we are as “customers” addicted to buying more and more fancy stuff. We are “enslaved” to desire ground-breaking technological innovations since the evolution of electricity. I doubt Tesla meant this to happen.

  13. Tytolis

    On December 6, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Nice ending!!!

  14. Jen

    On December 7, 2010 at 10:10 am

    The point isn’t that technology isn’t useful, it’s that it’s hindering our concentration.

  15. tux123

    On March 16, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Jen, you do have a point there:)

    Tytolis, thanks a lot!

  16. daniel

    On May 11, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    This page is hard to take seriously with the invasive banner ads that expand on the header and footer. And, the other ads located within the body on the top, right, and bottom. Such insight about the effects of technology is muted by the pathetic amount of advertising.

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