A wise man named Christian Lange once said, “Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master”. As you all have realized, in the modern world, we have becoming incredibly attached to our electronics. We feel incredibly uneasy going out without our phones in our pockets or at our sides. In social situations, it becomes increasing awkward to carry a conversation, it’s easier to silently sit next to someone on a bus with earphones on and eyes glued to your screen rather than smile and engage in small talk.
Taking pictures and videos to capture an important period in someone’s life has morphed into something that one wants to brag and show to others. When we see a fight in public or someone in an accident or in need, our first instinct is now to pull out our phones, not to call for help or assistance but to post it on your social media for everyone to see.
Technology has become so convenient for the average human, that we now rely on it as a necessity to complete our daily tasks. Paying bills, reading global news,online shopping, all of it can be done in the comfort of your own home. Circumstances are changing. We don’t just use technology, we overly rely on it.
Because of how deeply invested we have become in the cyber world, we are starting to lose empathy and concern for others.
Being glued to technology constantly during the day and night can of course, cause health problems, especially with your sight and hearing, not to mention obesity. Studies have also shown that excessive cell phone usage will increase sleeping disorders and depression in both men and women.
But it is easier disregard my warning when the advancements in nuclear medication have led humans to detect cancer, brain disorders or diseases in its early stages, so that something can be done to rectify it. A little laser eye surgery and maybe a hearing aid and liposuction can rectify those health problems that technology causes.
But have we also forgotten about we now use technology as an advancement to intimidate and threaten other countries and people? Why is it that if you combine the amount of nuclear weapons that we and Russia together possess, it’s over 92 percent of the world? Over 600 billion dollars in budget goes into the military, it’s not just more than Russia, China, Saudi Arabia,India and France. It’s more than all of them combined.Why are we in possessions of such weapons that have the power to decimate an entire city in the blink of an eye? Is it really for our safety, or is it a ticking time bomb in which we’ve created weapons that we claim protect us will inevitably destroy us all? Is it so bad that we realize there are things that should not be explored for the sanity and safety of humanity, after all is ignorance not bliss? Just a small percentage of what we use for the military could easily rid homelessness and starvation in our country, but we won’t do that because instead of helping people in our own country, we are too busy destroying and intimidating others with our warheads.
Even If World War 3 sounds far fetched and highly unlikely to happen, destroying the environment is a very real problem today that people are disregarding. Companies who mass produce technological products,to fit the consumer demand, causes the emissions of waste products into the air, into oceans and landfills. Emitting carbon dioxide will go into the air and cause climate change eventually resulting in the extinction of species, such as polar bears and bald eagles.
My proposition is not to ban technology is stop using it altogether because that is a foolish and vain hope. Instead I suggest to use technology only in moderation and reaping the benefits of technology while being able to enjoy life at the same time.Technology companies should also warn consumers about their products and to not use them to often as they have numerous consequences.
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