On October 5, 2005, Andrew Freeman's article was released in the Massachusetts Daily Collegian. The article “The Electronic Addiction”, established the idea that electronics are addictive and are causing problems in our youth. Electronics are seen as highly addictive and there ease of access to all hardware has made them very widespread in America. You can find electronics everywhere. I agree with the argument that electronics are everywhere, and they do control today’s society, effecting how people respond and react. We are abusing the purpose of electronics. In a sense they can become mental addictions, but I don’t believe the power of electronics has taken hold on people and led them to give up on life.
Freeman starts off by talking about a 28 year old Korean man named Lee Seop. Seop died “after playing online games at an Internet cafe for two straight days” (p. 493). This argument is completely vague. It can however be seen as a defect to electronic addiction. Electronics are everywhere in today’s society its overwhelming to see how much control a computer, or cell phone, and even a console can have over a person’s freewill. Electronics in some aspect run are lives. Basically, we use electronics for everything. Walk in to anyone’s home or business and tell me if you can’t spot some form of electronics. The answer is no unless of course your Amish but the point is electronics will forever be infinite and everywhere. Freeman writes that the Internet “provides... instantaneous access to an enormous amount of information” (p. 494). This is true computers have allowed advances in science and other fields of education. But this isn’t the problem were facing in electronics. The real problem with electronics is the development of addicting games.
Video games are a major concern in today’s society the constant realism and control players now see in there video games captivate them, allowing lose of control, thus addiction to games. These additions being made to video games in electronics are, “[making] the games as absorbing as possible” (p. 494).
There are many, “mediums for electronics to influence our lives [such as] the ubiquitous cell phone to television” (p. 494). Freeman states this idea to prove his thoughts on the distraction and endless access on addiction to electronics. Electronics are everywhere and will always be. Cell phones, TV’s, Computers, IPod’s, and radios all common found electronics part of everyday life create distractions from the outside world. People begin to believe there reality is in a TV. The media supports and broadcasts there interpretations of reality and doesn’t give people today the ability to make up there own mines.
I personally think this whole article is misleading. Freeman is way to extreme in his arguments and misses important facts. He supports no background information on Seop’s death in a Café. Sure video games may have led him to the Café, but sheer freewill possessed this man to continue playing. I’m sure this man had the ability to get up and get himself food and water. The human body is not meant to sit at a table playing video games for two days straight. Video games should be a little less addicting, but we as human beings should have the means to control are self’s. Electronics can be addicting if used improperly. Youth should be outside in the daytime, staying active. Then during the evening may play videos games in moderation. If we just supervise the use of electronics the problems in addiction will excise to exist. Electronics aren’t like the extreme addictions of drugs like freeman makes it sound.
Today’s electronics provide help to many people. The internet is probably today’s most highly used tool in the pursuing of education. Online research, to surveys and polls all have affected people world wide. We as Americans today have the ability to communicate in networks to people in other countries. This expansion in technology has allowed for the country to grow and develop. We have to face the music we live in a society of electronics, though people may not completely agree with it, it’s our responsibility to use are power wisely. As we add these new advancements, we must be aware of the problems. One drawback freeman purposes is privacy. This issue does ring concern, but with the appropriate knowledge and skill can easily be maintained and avoided. People need not worry about privacy the internet has tools to provide for safety. Another problem freemen pointes out is the problems in today’s cell phones. Cell phones are a big necessity in today’s society. I don’t know about you, but if I didn’t have my cell many common everyday tasks such multitasking from work and school; communicating with my boss and whom ever else need to get a hold of me would greatly be demeaning. Cell phones are needed in today’s world.
Freeman puts up an ok argument for the addiction in electronics though he fails to see all the aspects and benefits. In my opinion, electronics aren’t addicting if used properly. I agree with freeman in some cases, we do need more control and moderation of our electronics. It’s up to us to make this world prosper and grow however we see fit to change it. Responsibility rests in our hands as we pave the road in electronics.
Freeman, Andrew, “The Electronic Addiction” Massachusetts Daily Collegian October 5, 2005.