Put. It. Down. Whether it is a cell phone, a computer, a tablet or a TV, people in today’s technological world always have their eyes in front of some kind of screen. Due to the misuse of technology, people today do not consider their surroundings important. Technology is everywhere, giving anyone who comes within its reach access to all kinds of information. There is evidence that shows technology is more efficient to use, but people pay too much attention to it rather than to each other. Society has shifted to a time where talking to someone face-to-face is no longer required, and this shift has become a growing problem in today’s world.
Technology is being improved every day, but the new advancements being created are causing people to lose basic essentials needed for life. Rather than allowing technology to change important priorities, society should limit their use of technology and consider it as an asset to living a normal life rather than a necessity. Technology has provided society with different ways of communication, but the excessive use of technology is causing a decrease in human interaction and the public’s human intelligence level, leaving children today to live a computer-only lifestyle.
Scientists are continuing to improve technology at an accelerating rate while providing society with more access to different forms of technology. It has taken little time for the public to adapt to an age of cell phones, computers and tablets. Ray Kurzweil reveals, “It took 50 years for the telephone to be adopted by a quarter of the population; the cell phone did that in seven years. Social networks, Wikis, and blogs and tweets did that in three years” (Aamoth). People today are attracted to these networking sites due to the connection that they provide.
The public considers social networking a great way to communicate with each other, though it is not in real time. Another journalist, author of “Technology is in your face: is it so bad? ”, describes technology as helping “to ease the burden of separation, making transitions less stressful” (Johnson). Cheyenne Johnson uses her Skype account to talk to her boyfriend living 600 miles away. She likes the fact that she can keep in contact with her boyfriend though he live miles away.
Johnson and many others would come to the conclusion that the advancements technology has made are helping the public connect with each other in ways that are not always possible, however, others would argue that the connection is not the same as face-to-face interaction. Due to the overuse of communication technology, the necessity for human interaction is decreasing. One necessity of the human race is the need for human interaction, a strong relationship between two or more individuals. This interaction begins before birth and helps humans develop socially and mentally as they age.
In a lecture discussing Neuroscience and Sociology, there was an approach on how “an infant’s interaction with their mother helps them develop future relationships” (Brooks). This important interaction can be harmed by the overuse of technology. For example, a mother could spend more time talking on the phone rather than interacting with her child. The bond between mother and child would be replaced with the interaction between the cell phone and the mother. This parent-child relationship is essential because it aids other relationships in the future.
Relationships play an important part on how the mind processes and what the body associates with. The Handbook of Psychology states, “The ways in which people understand their relationships plays a critical role in their social conflict and intergroup integration” (Dovidio 485). The relationships people form help develop a healthier social life. While many would agree that “technology has evolved in a social direction” (Brooks), it has the public forming a different kind of relationship, a relationship with a piece of technology rather than with a common human being.
With all the new developments in communication technology, the motivation to interact with one another is being lost. Human intelligence in today’s society is decreasing due the excessive use of technology. Children today, especially teenagers, use technology constantly. Though it may seem that they are filling their minds with knowledge, some of these facts are not useful for them in everyday life. In an interview with Ray Kurzweil, an inventor and futurist at Techland, he describes how scientists plan to enhance the human-intelligence level through biological experiments.
Kurzweil states, “The goal to human-intelligence level in machines is not some alien invasion to compete with us or displace us, but really to merge with us” (Aamoth). Kurzweil plans on working with other futurists on ways technology can help grow present knowledge with more useful information. Kurzweil also predicts a future with machines attaining high human intelligence levels. He highlights, “Technology is moving so fast that we won’t be able to follow it unless we enhance our minds with the technology we’ve created” (Aamoth). In order to accomplish this, the human intelligence would have to be improved.
Though informational technology is efficient, the knowledge it provides the mind is decreasing human intellect rather than enhancing it. Kids and teens are being exposed to too many different forms of technology. This exposure is causing conflict in living a healthy lifestyle. Scientists have discovered that technology has affected them psychologically causing sound, social and emotional developments to be more difficult to attained due to technology advances (Brooks). There has also been a study showing the affect technology has on the academic level.
Researchers wanted to see whether the use of social networking affected the environment of school classrooms. Social interactions in the classroom are critical foundations for helping students learn the material in a simple way (Dawson). With social networking occupying more of students time, the material they are required to learn is not being registered, causing students to miss important information in a course. In the academic world, technology has affected the performance of how students learn as well as develop intellectually. People in today’s society spend more time using technology than keeping up with the basic essentials of life.
In today’s generation, people do not pay attention to important aspects of everyday life such as eating dinner with the family, studying for exams or even driving. In 2011, the Jacksonville Examiner reported an article discussing the preferences of teenagers in today’s society. The study presented in this article displayed that 46 percent of teens and young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 would prefer using the Internet rather than driving in their car (Scheff). Researchers believe this is caused by social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
This study has led the auto industry to enhance “smartphone-type features like GPS devices, Bluetooth, and iPod docks into their cars” (Scheff). With these enhancements, those that drive can spend more time paying attention to the road than looking down at their phones. This issue of changing priorities also refers back to academic performance as well. Many students have the urge to spend more time on social networking sites rather spend their time studying or doing homework. A survey in Ohio State University discovered a correlation between those who have Facebook accounts and the affects it has on their academic performance.
These students see Facebook as a way to keep in contact with friends and family and obtain a social life while professors see it as a distraction in the classroom (Villalobos). Technology is changing what people think should be important and is affecting the tasks of everyday life causing an increase in procrastination. Given these points, it is proven that the use of technology takes up more of people’s time and causes society to lose focus of what is around them. Once someone picks up their phone, plugs in their IPod or logs on to their computer, they no longer care for anything else. It is used in jobs, homes, and schools.
Even while people drive, they chat and text on their phones. Society no longer sees the need to associate with their own kind. They would rather spend time with an object made up of metal and plastic. Social media is a great way to stay socially active, but on the other hand, the misuse keeps the public from spending time with important people and paying attention to important events. Instead of sitting in front of a computer screen or TV, go out and watch a movie or instead of texting a friend, meet up somewhere and hangout. The public needs to reconsider their use of technology, so that they can spend more time living life.