Technology Dependence and How Primitive Ideas Can Help Our Society Survive
Technology has crippled society at the brink of social destruction if we the people do not understand how to co-exist both with technology and primitive methods used by our ancestors, then culture will be confused, and corrupt by our innovations. Technology dependence has derived society from living without the use of electronic devices. Although, we see technology as a just balance to our lives used to entertain us, keep in touch with loved ones, and even help us live longer. For instance, the smart phones that most of the world endures has the capabilities of running software that allows us to listen to music, entertain us with mobile applications, and give us more than three ways to communicate with others, such as texting, social networking websites, Face Time, and old-fashion call option. The bad part about how technology's advancement is corrupting our lives is it has been introduced into our lives, and all of us as a society have the disadvantage to want to put something aside that we see is crucial to our lives such as the cell phone, for example. Although, life may seem easier with technology our over usage of it could very well keep us so dependent on technology that if the world were to lose it, everything will become catastrophic, and we may even see it as an apocalypse. Technology can be a wondrous tool to use on many tasks, but it has been particularly harmful to the body, it has caused most people to be less concentrated in either their studies, or industries, it has also caused most people to be more impatient, and it has to use natural resources in order to have a stable flow.
In recent studies, the new generation has shown more dependence on technology than those born out of the age of cellular and computer over-development. Although, not every society is in the lead with the United States, or the United Kingdom, countries such as Cuba are undeveloped, and we call countries like this third-world countries mainly for that reason. Another name for a third-world country is also called a peripheral country, which is a country that survives off of another countries help. Cuba, like most peripheral countries is not so technological advanced as modern society would prefer it to be. Cuba's economy is very low, and its civilization lives without any modern technology at all. For example, Sonia Guillen wrote in her article about her trip to Cuba “no one had internet, and there were only two internet cafes in Havana. Non-modernized countries have a drastic difference then modernized countries, but it is to say that being primitive is not a terrible thing (Guillen).
Scientists have theorized that technological compulsions are harmful to the eyes due to the consistence of reading a screen for countless hours. This in some cases may develop headaches, insomnia, and even migraines if we are not careful. Unfortunately, most people know of these harms, but they hardly care about the effects that it does to the body. In addition, experts say that technology dependency is equally as dangerous as being obese, or tobacco smoking. Technology is becoming an issue that a lot of us cannot easily just stop using. In addition, Technological uses are very crucial in modernized society, but the usage is becoming somewhat a health problem created by our addictive usage. The health of ourselves can be easily restored if we can use technology for important reasons, but still try to use other methods then the easiest (Soong).
Scientists have done studies on the effects of technology on students, and they have recorded statistics on the student’s technological dependence. In a 2011 study, ninety-eight percent of students own a digital device, and out of the other two percent they speculate that fifty-four percent are Amish, twenty-two percent are hippies, fifteen percent are abacus enthusiasts, and nine percent of students are from the middle-ages caught in a theoretical time-warp. Another study found that thirty-eight percent of students had a hard time without technology for less than ten minutes. In addition, twenty-seven percent of students say that their laptop is the most important item they acquire. Although, ten percent of students say that their text books are more important. Student's dependence on technology was put into an experiment where they must stay away from all technology for a total of twenty-four hours. The results of the experiment become shocking to the scientists. The experiment proved that most of the students within the twenty-four hours began having symptoms that mirrored drug and alcohol addiction. Moreover, technology can be simplified as a social drug that can easily entertain us to where it seems impossible to let go, but everyone seem attempting to withdraw from technology is ignorant, and a waste of time. The educational stand-point for technological usage will always appoint technology in students’ lives, and unfortunately the dependence will not ever stop (“Students”).
Studies have indicated that persons who use a great deal of technology on a daily basis do not think that sending a message, or uploading a video off the web should take longer than a matter of minutes, or even seconds, so it can cause frustration to wait. In addition, those who have the latest update on a technical products like to make themselves feel good by overly boasting there commodities. Although, technology is just an object, but for some reason it causes us to be impatient. For example, when a person sends a text message the emotions seem to be aggressive due to the wait time of the text. In addition, some streaming capabilities like watching a video on the internet can cause the same aggressive behavior if the video were to buffer for just a few seconds. Technology has caused society to become more impatient due to the idea that high-speed should be instant connection. Unfortunately, the idea has caused stressful behavior due to the time limits that are created in our minds, also known as our impatient conscience (“4 Arguments”).
Money is not the only expense that technology takes. Large companies around the world mine, and prospect special minerals from the natural world. Although, these companies only have one thing on their minds other than protecting nature, and that is to make a lot of money. Moreover, as these companies seek to gross their sales; our precious natural resources are being closer to being depleted. In addition, we will have no resources for our modernized society at all. Technology causes stress on the environment due to the damage it causes on natural habitats. We need steel so we destroy anything we can to get the minerals we need to make it. In addition, the very trees that create oxygen from the carbon dioxide that is harmful to us is being exchanged for larger cities, and new industries. This very destruction to the habitats of wild animals causes the animals to forcefully migrate to a home that may not fit its credentials, and as a result the weakest animals will die traveling to find more food. However, the reason that these poor animals die is simply because the new iPhone is much more important than natural environments. In addition, the creation of plastics was a great innovation to the packaging of our technology. Although, when we do not need that plastic it is burned in our air, causing the ozone layer to cripple and causes the world to have climate changes (“4 Arguments”).
Technology also has a hand in helping society get tasks done in a faster, more effective way in the use of communication, entertainment, security, and even economically. Access to media is as easy as a push of a button, or icon. People can even use the internet to connect to sites like Amazon to shop for items at non-retail store prices. We can also watch television shows, and movies on a site called Netflix. In addition, Netflix is offered on smart televisions, such as Visio, and gaming consoles such as the Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, and it can also come as an application for your android, and iPhone devices. Although, the price for having this application is simply seven dollars and ninety-nine cents a month, and the way it streams is with an internet connection, but the downfall of this application is the television shows are not up to date, and you have to wait longer to view the newest episodes (“Good”).
Technology has also had its hand in helping us find cures for disease, and keep the sick alive. A company called, Neuraccel, is known to study brain disease, and find cures using a technology created by Dr. Quoc Thang Nguyen. Moreover, Dr. Nguyen calls this sort of technology Neurofluocyte Technology, and the way this technology works is it keeps track with the brain’s neurotransmitter gauges, and the activation of the receptors. In addition, the reason why this is so important to neuroscience and technology is because it can measure whether or not you might have some sort of a disease in the brain before the damage is seen in an x-ray. Technology can be used for varies things helpful things for our health, but in many ways keeping too many people healthy in the world will only result into maximum capacity. Neurofluocyte Technology is just one of very few reasons for why technology can help humanity (“Our”).
How we use technology today is crucial to our health, education, careers, and many other aspects of our lives. Moreover, society does not have time to just picture a world where primitive and modern technology can co-exist. In addition, the importance of this struggle could cause the whole world to live off of technology as if it were a slave, and predictions could indicate that society will increase to become overly lazy, sleep deprived, and destroyers of the natural habits that are full of life. Humanity will need inspiration to fight this war, but humanity is too weak to put the smart phone down, or look for better ways to spend their days on this world. Humans need to rise up and not let fast-food become the main diet to our lives, not let education become something that is based on what is searched on the internet, not let smart phones be our only means of communication, and not let everything become something that will be just a touch away. Let us not make the mistake to allow potential harm to ourselves, not make the mistake to allow our education, and businesses be distracted from their responsibilities, not make the mistake to allow ourselves to be so impatient that we get frustrated at a machine, and not make the mistake to allow animals habitats to be destroyed for selfish intentions.
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