When was the last time you did not know the answer to a question and you researched the answer? I am not referring to researching the answer using your phone/computer/tablet/or lap top. I am talking about looking through a book or article to discover the answer to the question. The answer anyone would give me would most likely be along the lines of, “I could not tell you, I cannot remember.” How about the last time you wanted to come in contact with someone and you just drove over to there house to talk to the face to face? Probably going to get the same response. I ask these questions because I believe society is becoming too dependent on computers and technology to the point where they would struggle without it, including myself.
In a study, people were asked to give a personal opinion of whether they believe society is too reliable on technology and how they came up with that response. The results were one-sided. 77% of people responded believe society as a whole relied too much on technology to succeed. Some of the responses looked like this, “Thirty years ago, 90% of the kids were outside getting oxygen and playing sports. In addition, they were building forts and enjoying life. In this day an age, more than 75% of our children are playing video games and staying indoors. Now, our dilemma is that we are having a weight issue with our children. Child obesity is a growing concern with our nation.” Those numbers used are an exaggeration, but he has a point. Very few, if any, enjoy the outdoors and can enjoy life without technology sitting in front of them.
Walk through campus and see how many times you see two people standing right next to each other, but do not say a word to each other. People have shown they can hold conversation over the internet and through phone, but put a real face in front of them and they struggle. Conversation is now viewed as a skill in today’s society, and our citizens should not have to avoid face-to-face contact because of their addiction to a cell phone or computer.
A computer or phone has been a great development for technology and has lead us to various technological advances, but with the good, also comes the bad. MNN did a study of seven different signs showing the controversy of why society is based around technology. A few of the signs included, “Without your phone you feel naked, Nobody knows a phone number, and if the internet is down, work is over for the day.” Society has integrated technology into every aspect of human life so we cannot live without. Jobs, breakthroughs, and values have all been invested into your hand held phone and computer you take for granted. A study shows the brain when realizing a phone is broken and our thought patterns. The patterns show the same as if it was a man who was clinically depressed and needs help. If one breaking a phone and leading into emotions that are similar to a man who needs help emotionally, the definitive answer is society has issues with their connection to society. So here is my advice to you, put your phone down when at that point in time it is not a necessity and go outside and get some fresh air because the importance of enjoying yourself without technology has been lost.