As I was walking to class today, everyone around me was on their phone or holding their phone in their hand, including me. Nowadays, people are becoming too reliant on their phones and other technology that they don’t realize what they are missing. We go to a beautiful school where walking to class isn’t too bad because you are surrounded by beautiful buildings, trees, and pathways, but everyone is too busy to notice all of this because they are too absorbed on their phones.
People are becoming too addicted to technology. One article states that “ The more advanced technology becomes, the more it seems to have control over our lives.” In other words, people no longer need to read the newspaper to check the weather, updates on the community, or see how their favorite sports team did over the weekend. They can just check twitter, Google it, or even ask Siri (Siri does have the answer for everything). There is no need to wait to get the newspaper when everything is on the Internet.
One negative effect of technology and social media taking over teenager’s lives is there is an increase in cyber bullying. This is becoming more popular because bullies find it easier to harass someone anonymously on the Internet than doing it face to face. A common thing cyber bullies do is “ Perpetrators anonymously or even posing as people their victims trust, terrorize individuals in front of their peers. The devastation of these online attacks can leave deep mental scars. Some victims have even been driven to suicide.” Cyber bullies do not understand the consequences that their actions have and the effect they have on the
victims. This increase is cyber bullying is all due to the increase in technology.
Another side effect of the increase use in technology is people’s physical activity will decrease. More people are spending time on their computers or watching TV, rather than playing sports outside or being active. Even when people are hanging with friends, they are just sitting around on their phones or surrounding the TV. Nobody is doing anything productive. One study
states that, “physical activity levels will decrease and sedentary time will increase by 2020 and 2030 if we continue at the rate we’re going.” This lack of physical activity will then lead to more people becoming obese and overweight.
Today’s society is becoming more and more addicted to technology that people are not appreciating what the world has to offer. Teenagers would rather watch Netflix or Facetime with their friends rather than hangout with their friends in person. I am guilty of doing all of these things. But, I am going to try and not to be too reliant on my phone or have separation anxiety from it when I am gone from it for too long. Everyone should try and use technology a little less and see that they will be okay without it.