Technology Addiction

I thought I would take a different stance in this week’s blog post, while a lot of people were looking at the debate of which phone is better, this sparked some interest for me. Why do we feel the need to have these kind of debates about phones, is it really necessary?

We are in a day and age where we are constantly attached to our phones. They become the medium to the message, the extra arm we thought we needed. We get into arguments over the type of phone we have, and what it can and can’t do. Everything we do has to involve technology.

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You could say this is a good thing, technology gives us access to information that we could only dream about, right? We don’t have to look through libraries for hours on end to find a simple answer to our questions, because everything is in the internet. Which is great, who wants to spend that much time finding an answer to a question? But, the thing is, there is so much information out there that we don’t exactly know what to do with it. Have you ever had to write an essay and found so many sources for it that you just become so overwhelmed with all the information? I know I sure have.

However, there is a down side to our addiction to technology. As we become more ‘connected’ to the world and the people around us we slowly stop actually communicating to other in the real world. And not only that, we also become so very depended on our phones, computers and even the internet. technology-and-enmeshment.jpeg

We stay up late in the dark scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Tumblr anything that hold our attention for long enough. We take on information about other people’s lives, what they are doing, what they are thinking or wearing. We even document our own lives, what we are eating, how we are feeling. We Constantly over stimulated and connected to the internet, to the point where we fall asleep and then wake up again we are straight on our phones. It’s interesting how much we rely on technology. They are like the portals to our life, the things that hold all our secrets, information and stats. Have you ever tried to type in a friend’s phone number of the top of your head, no, because we rely so heavily on the phone remembering it so we don’t have to. Hey even I’m guilty of it.

It’s so easy to connect with people through this new technology that it has become a part of our lives, and in turn out daily routine. Checking in on our phones and the internet has become a ritual when we are ‘bored’, whether it’s of we are waiting for class to start or even talking to people at lunch.

I found an interesting article which highlights our Technology addiction very effectively, and I highly suggest that you read it. It’s uncanny how similar I feel like I relate to the article, and I wonder of you feel the same way?

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One thought on “Technology Addiction

  1. I like how you decided to cover the positive and negative effects of our technology. It makes our work as uni students much easier but also has to force us to be critical of the information. Our over-reliance on our phones and computers can isolate us from others, yet make us feel constantly connected. Weighing up the positives and negatives was a good way to show the reader that technology can benefit some, but isolate others.

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