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The Effects of Modern Technology on Human Society and Behavior

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Real name Aaron James Hills, I love to write and express my opinion through fiction and non-fiction.

by: Aaron Hills Originally published 4/11/2013

Some positive effects of the internet.
Some positive effects of the internet. | Source
Your brain on video games.
Your brain on video games. | Source

I. The Good

There are several different ways we that may have access to the internet now, we can access it from desktop computers, portable computers or laptops, televisions, tablets, our phones, and video game consoles. Has All this technology been affecting the way we act and think? Is this change good or bad, and if it is, is it detrimental is so how do we fix or eliminate it, if not what can be said about it? To answer that question, there are some benefits to the usage of the internet, and the information and services that it provides. Internet users become more efficient at finding information because of its reliability, and now information from all over the world is just a click away, thanks to the new advances in internet provision.

With recent advances in technology, the internet has been able to be more effective, and better serve as an efficient and organized storage system of vast amounts of information. Internet search engines are the best information retrieval systems that are functioning online, typing in a simple phrase into an online search engine gets you millions of results. Although, most don’t even relate to what you need in an accurate or precise manner because the search engines are not smart, so it requires precise questions or phrases to get an accurate result. However, if it were smart then we would not be thinking, and the machine would be doing it all for us thus dumbing down all the users, so there are always drawbacks and advantages. They retrieve the most relevant results, but the paid ads are usually shown first, and the rest usually provide more accurate information, but most people take to the first response and stick with it.

The internet also allows for independent working and making one’s hours without having to travel far, and also allows more time for one to spend with others while working, as long as they can efficiently manage their use of and time on the internet, and the technology that allows to access it. The continued advantages of modern technology are: now people in secluded environments can have the equivalent access to information as a scholar in a wealthy university located in some big city. And now children who live in the secluded rural and mountainous areas of the world or wherever there is seclusion really, can all have that same access to technology just a few clicks and types away.

Video games and mobile devices also help us in ways that people before us never dreamed of. Players of some video games develop better visual acuity so there are benefits to modern technology. However, modern phones can cause more stress or anxiety-related problems, because they constantly bombard a person with updates and messages that can be hard to sift through the digital trash. And since the rise in popularity of people playing violent video games, there has been a decrease in violent crimes in the U.S. contrary to what some politicians would have us believe otherwise. Perhaps people venting out their aggression in video games is the actual cause of this decrease in violent behavior. Computers themselves have made gathering information and learning from it easier. As long as the usage is monitored and not used for trivial or impractical means, the internet is very useful. People have access to a wealth of information, thanks to search engines on the net, more so than ever before in human history on such a large scale.

Video games have been known to be a healthy outlet of aggression, or as overall stress relief, despite their reputation stating otherwise. Video games and computers can teach people how to respond to visual and verbal queues, greatly improving social responses. Video games are also proven to improve hand-eye coordination. Video games have often been used as a scapegoat for violence committed in a society, which as a general rule is ridiculous. Video games are just like violent books or movies and they have a more hypnotic spell because it is just entertainment, there is less added work or effort on the part of the viewer unlike in video games which are much more participatory, so they are thought to be more of a cause for violence in society by people who try to use them as an excuse for all the wrongs in the world. The only negative effects of video games like most modern technologies are; that they can be addictive and easily distract people but it is only temporary and they pose no long term physical or mental adverse effects, unlike most consumable stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens, and they relieve stress and violent behavior.

Also, video games are good for logical reasoning, hand-eye coordination, emotional development, and so on. One example is when a strategy game is being played, where the player has to be even more aware and think two steps ahead which while somewhat stressful is good for the development of logical thinking and planning in the brain. So most games work like the real world, but without the overwhelming consequences, of course, some of them fit this description some games even cause players to not want to continue playing video games because of the consequences of their actions which lead to people dying and suffering when can be portrayed realistically and humanly. These sorts of games are even more addictive because they are so much more immersive because of their realistic qualities.

People too obsessed with their technology to talk to each other or pay attention to much else.
People too obsessed with their technology to talk to each other or pay attention to much else. | Source

II. The Bad

If all information was free all the time such would not be the case but with our economic status and love for censorship and bureaucracy this may not be the case until we learn that censorship causes mindlessness, and that it produces individuals that cannot function highly in society. If it were not so widespread then perhaps this would not even be an issue but it is.

Though there is also overexcitement to censorship authority has encouraged in our lives for example a breast shown is inappropriate even though it is used to nourishment small children and help in their development. I don’t see how anything above the waist is inappropriate for setting above the age of fourteen. Though allowing antisocial behavior to become more prevalent on the net is not acceptable neither is over censorship general ratings in movies used to have violence and some offensive language until sometime recently we became too protective of our children or whatever excuse we use to explain excessive censorship.

Perhaps if someone doesn’t want their child to be exposed to certain things they shouldn’t even give them access to it but I’m getting ahead of myself. Perhaps in totalitarian way of thinking since physical books have been replaced by digital ones. Children shouldn’t wait until they have slowly gathered a good understanding of things on their own before they can watch or read about more mature subject matters unless the child has been sheltered entirely which is not good for their mental health either. Kids won’t be kids for very long they’ll see what the world is really like soon enough thus exposure to these things early will only help them understand it better when they become adults otherwise once they reach adulthood they will too emotionally and mentally sensitive that even the smallest bend to their reality could be disastrous.

Modern technology is counterproductive but more like eating and having sex especially in excess which hinders progress and advancement. Causing our neural filters to decay when doing several things at once

Piracy is more frequent because of modern advances with more people able to get through undetected then if it was done in real life. Information is easily obtained both a positive and negative aspect. S.O.P.A might not have been all bad, but then again censoring people every day isn’t good either. We can’t imagine a world without the internet nowadays, but people, human beings have survived without it for countless millennia. We should try to at least partially get our internet addiction out of our system.

Several internet websites get angry whenever their power is threatened which is why s.o.p.a. did not pass which may have been beneficial to stop pirating and false information which can be edited by the mass populace. Many internet sources do not show authors so they are not reliable sources of information. Too much information that is not properly filtered for example ads for muscle gain or upcoming movies on an article helping the reader to understand a book. (ex. Sparknotes which has several irrelevant ads on the site) There is More information but less knowledge. Less human it does not satisfy our need for natural things

This may be a beautiful photograph, but all those servers and databases take a lot of energy to run and keep up to date and many states and other places use polluting sources for their energy requirements which pollutes the air we breath,
This may be a beautiful photograph, but all those servers and databases take a lot of energy to run and keep up to date and many states and other places use polluting sources for their energy requirements which pollutes the air we breath, | Source

III. The Ugly

Players of some video games develop better visual acuity so there are benefits to modern technology and people who use the internet frequently are better at retrieving information than those who do not.

Human attention can get when addicted to constant information streams. Internet addictiveness can be worse with those who have a.d.d. or a.d.h.d. The important messages in people’s lives can slip by them amid reoccurring electronic floods. Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls, and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information.

These play to a primitive impulse to respond to immediate opportunities and threats. The stimulation provokes excitement; a dopamine surge in the brain, that researchers say can be addictive. In its absence, people feel bored. These urges can inflict nicks and cuts on creativity and deep thought, interrupting work, and family life. Even after the multitasking ends, fractured thinking and lack of focus persist. In other words, this is also your brain off computers

Antisocial or extremely perverted (as in anything not depicting two consenting adults) material can now be talked about and internet sites have gotten away with. Today there is more temptation and use of pornography and fraud by one or more people hacking into someone’s account and obtaining their information. Though the internet is not truly to blame we are for creating allowing the general populace to use it not regulating its overuse which has become harder to do with as many people who use it.

It can dilute our memory because of the multitasking modern phones and mobile devices require. The internet can also affect our social abilities. It can be Addictive in any form. It has abundant useless information that we waste time on. It makes us more like computers relying on easy access to data and it always being there to recall it. Data Centers are becoming very inefficient in terms of power usage. Dopamine can be triggered by the surges in information on the internet. People are becoming lazy in even what they think the internet to be the same as the web. It also causes fractured thinking

These days overconsumption and wasteful behavior have become more prevalent because of constant ads shown on nearly all websites on the internet and its. Individuals' compulsive Internet use refers to their inability to control, reduce, or stop their online behavior, while excessive Internet use is the degree to which an individual feels that he or she spends an excessive amount of time online or even loses track of time when using the Internet. For those who are unable to limit their use, time spent online may produce negative outcomes such as depression, loneliness, and limited face-to-face contact.

IV. The Wasteful

The internet data centers spread across the world take on an energy toll of 30 nuclear power plants a year several internet websites have expressed concern to change this but have made no attempts to do so in the last several years.

Internet and data providers for the internet have not looked to better ways to use their energy Perhaps if they came out to the public with this and told them that their want for speed and reliability may have to be lessened until some new better ways to supply all the information and data stored on the net. Perhaps we would see a decrease in exhaust and usage of energy until we found several ways to put it all in a smaller more compact space.

The World Wide Net Abstracted and Simplified in an Image.
The World Wide Net Abstracted and Simplified in an Image. | Source

V. The End

What should be done about it or not done about the addictiveness and the long and short term effects of modern technology that uses the internet? How it can be made better or if it should be allowed its continued existence or if it should be destroyed or turned off as well as one would proceed to destroy it. It is not hard to monitor or regulate or block out completely like how the Chinese and North Korean governments heavily regulate and censor it. But that would only make matters worse with it being controlled by an overbearing corrupt government would be the reasoning for eradicating it.

The only reason it would need to be destroyed is if it became too convoluted by all the information stored in it and would become too hard access or perhaps too easy to access information that could lead to catastrophe in the wrong hands which might be anyone because they may accidentally do something unintentionally catastrophic, because they do not know how to use it.

To destroy it all one, or many would have to do is destroy the data centers containing the vast information the internet holds in its thousands of websites email entry logs and so on which would cause the information to be inaccessible. Then all that would need to be done is sending out and e.m.p. pulse or even a nuclear warhead near an area where energy is being sent to the internet to power it. Then destroy the satellites sending out waves of information to various information centers.

Though destroying the internet would be quite rash unless such a scenario where all the information stored on the internet is false and could be used to condition humans to the information it gives all being true. Still people who have become “disconnected” with their ancestral and cultural roots can reconnect to it though information found on the internet. Of course they will need to hear various opinions to get the facts straight. Which is a lot like many written works that pretend to be historical but have many lies and half-truths hidden within them? Or people who write about a story they like but do not write it as it would have been written by the original author who in almost every case is a much better writer. However this has occurred countless since antiquity, ancient Greece for example, where many would-be poets attempted to add additions to Homer's great works which are not as good as Homer's work. The internet has not changed how we do things just what we do them with still it could do with being less human with truthful facts and lessons only with false information being nonexistent.

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      This is not meant to be in favor of or against the subject of the internet. I myself find it very helpful especially during the recent crisis please do not take any offense, I myself love playing video games. Although, I do find online play is oft ruined by the players who can't stop acting like children and calling each other names or other such childish nonsense. I do prefer single-player games as they give a better sense of immersion and depth into the world that I'm playing in, but without the internet, I probably wouldn't be able to buy or even know about all my favorite movies, video games, graphic novels, and books. Thank you.

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