Why Technology isn’t an Epidemic that Needs Ending…

Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Progress

It really makes me sad to hear people complaining about how technology has “taken over our lives” and all sorts of other songs to that tune. They talk about how the new gadget is so unnecessary, and that people actually have the gall to buy it is a real problem. But the root of that “problem” is not the technology; no, that’s the farthest from the root. The root is the people who use and abuse the technology that has the potential to improve our lives on a daily basis.

The way I see it, if people had complained about technology in the beginning of times, the human race would’ve never gotten this far. If people back then were so nostalgic about times before the wheel and the wheel had never caught on, well, we’d be nowhere. Although it seems as if the two situations are unrelated, the situations are very much the same. The wheel is elementary to us, but it was the iPhone of its time.

People have the right to buy what they want, and whether or not it “destroys their life” is really up to them. I have a cell phone, I have a notebook computer, and I’m not any worse off for it. I live my life and partake in various activities that do not involve my phone or any of my technological devices whatsoever. The point is that I am responsible with my technology. It’s not up to society to dictate what I do with my property as long as it is legal. When one tries to regulate morality and responsibility on a personal level, one will fail.

It’s not really the technology that’s a problem. Technology is a really good thing and should be embraced by the masses. And to the masses’ credit, it usually is. However, people seem to think that older is better. For example, a major argument against technology as a whole is that it eradicates the “good old days” when one relied on oneself as an alarm clock to get up before dawn to go start feeding the cows. Yeah. That sounds like a blast, we should all turn off the alarm clocks and really connect with nature -and livestock- one morning. You go ahead and try it, tell me how it works out for you.

Technology saves lives, technology keeps the economy rolling, it keeps the business world running, in almost every possible aspect. Email, cell phones, technology to advertise and sell. After all, isn’t a big part of business just finding the new big thing and marketing it? In the personal world, instead of alienating people, technology brings us together. Obviously cell phones and things of that sort, but through iPods and the internet too. Music is often referred to as the universal language, and with music so portable and available as a result of mp3 players, it connects us even more now than ever before. Because of the internet, it is possible for me to speak to someone in Germany with a couple of clicks of my mouse and a few dozen strokes of my keyboard.

It’s proven throughout history that technology has helped introduce cultures and spread ideas. So next time you think about blaming your Blackberry for all of those emails you’re getting and how you find that you have no family time anymore, turn it off and remember that you’re the one the bought the infernal thing.

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3 Responses to “Why Technology isn’t an Epidemic that Needs Ending…”

  1. Frank Says:

    It’s funny that you wrote this the week I have to write a paper about the pros and cons of technology. I do agree with a majority of things with you. My only complaint is that technology is progressing very fast. What can be done on cell phones has changed within the past 4 years. Camera phones, iphones and whatever is on the horizon. Honestly I’m waiting for a car to turn into a vehicle, like a car, that was seen on the cartoon The Jetsons. Technology has grown but it is smaller in size. Laptop computers, phones, ipods and cameras, to name a few, have changed designs and sizes in order to be more convenient for consumers.

  2. popey Says:

    nicely written article.

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