Technology is used in our every-day life, whether it’s at school, work, or even when you’re just relaxing at home. However, with the amount of information being accessible to anyone, nowadays can have a negative impact on people.
Sophomore Megan Maloney said, “I feel like our generation has been born into the influence of technology, but I think it’s important for research and medical purposes. I think it has gotten a little crazy with social media and it could be bad if you put it on top of your priority list.”
Social media can be a problem if people use it too much and it becomes an addiction. Technology can distract us from the people around us and create less interaction between others as it shapes our culture and society. The more we use technology, the more we become addicted.
English nine teacher, Ali Aardappel, agrees when she said “We can get answers to questions we have much more quickly, but I think it’s also caused us to be less social and talk less in real life conversations.”
Technology is an effective way to do research, however using technology can become a distraction and causes a loss of interaction between people.
According to the Pew Research Center, “Nearly three-quarters of teens have or have access to a smartphone and 30% have a basic phone, while just 12% of teens 13 to 17 say they have no cell phone of any type.”
Because more of us have a phone or use some sort of technology everyday, we are more likely to look up information that may be inappropriate and can be seen as offensive.
Since a lot of video games involve violence, that gives a negative influence on children because they could see it as acceptable and that it’s okay to use it, but it’s not. Video games can allow people to develop an aggressive behavior which can lead to a social norm.
According to Benedict Carey of the New York Times, “Playing the games can and does stir hostile urges and mildly aggressive behavior in the short term.” Later he said that “such a habit increases the likelihood that a person will commit a violent crime, like murder, rape, or assault”.
We should not let these video games manipulate people into thinking that violence is a good thing, especially the younger generation. This will lead to an aggressive and unbalanced society.
According to the The Pew Research Center, “Roughly two thirds (67%) of social media users say that staying in touch with current friends and family members is a major reason they use social media sites.”
Social media is a way to stay connected with friends, but there is less communication face to face which will lead to a downfall in our society if this continues. Since the younger generation is growing up with technology, many children are losing an interest in reading as well.
Technology is important for research and for making life more convenient, but how much we use it needs to change.
As the years go by, more people will experience a distraction from their priorities and this is a result of technology becoming an addiction. We need to reevaluate how we use technology, so that there won’t be a shift in civilization and order. Being less social is a result, but becoming manipulated is a possibility.