Depending on Devices Technology and what it does to us

I see myself as a typical highschool teenager because I am very attached to my technology. Every chance I get in the hallway of school, in classes, in the cafeteria, in bed, or even walking, I check my phone for an update or play a quick game. Even though I might like doing this, it is very distracting to me and the people around me. It's not only my phone, but when I am on my computer while i'm trying to do my homework I often text my friends or facetime them. I also have been known to play games on my computer for hours. What I have realized is that I spend a lot of time using technology and I’m wondering if technology has changed the way we learn and interact with others.

Many times when I am in school or doing my homework, I find myself being distracted from my work when my phone rings or I get an update on my computer. In an article I read the author said how people are being taken out of the moment by their phones. Tendler says, “Take a look around you. Most likely, the majority of people you see are bent forward towards the glow of their phones and tablets” (Tendler). Even in school or in my class I see this happening all the time where students are supposedly working on their classwork or their essay but really they are on their phones on facebook. Not only school but also on the road when you are driving it may be a distraction. According to “Edgar Snyder and associates”, “Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving”(Snyder). Also, studies show that one out of four car accidents are due to texting or talking while driving. With my mom, she always connects her phone to the bluetooth and then puts it in her bag. With my dad, I hold his phone for him and respond to his messages for him. Another statistic from Edgar snyder shows that 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving. In total in 2013 3,154 people were killed in distraction-related crashes and about 424,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. Being distracted can be very dangerous. There is no such thing as a good distracted driver.

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Technology is a waste of time. You can be living in the moment rather than texting your friends or snapchatting people. I have learned that playing video games is a big waste of time. I could use that time to hangout with my friends or do homework or study. I have experienced this and so have other kids around my age. We waste time playing xbox all day and then the day is already over. According to Becky Oskin from live science, “These days, screens of one kind or another occupy youth for 50 hours a week” (Oskin). This is insane. Imagine how much time they could've spent doing things that are important. While these teens are playing video games they are not even realizing how long they are playing. They get carried away playing their game and end up playing for at least 3-5 hours. This happens daily. This disrupts teens from getting their work done and makes them have trouble staying on track for school.

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It seems that people use phones and social media so much that we almost don’t have to meet face to face. I am wondering if this is making us more anti social. An interesting article that outlined the pros and cons of technology stated that “The use of social networking sites can cause personality and brain disorders in children, such as the inability to have real conversations, limited attention spans, a need for instant gratification, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and self-centered personalities” (Needa). When reading this article I thought about myself and what might happen if i overuse technology. Right now I feel comfortable socializing with other people but I see where this could become a problem. For the people who are shy, this might be more of an issue for them as it could be very easy to hide behind the wall of technology.

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When I was reading some articles about technology it seemed to me that there were more pros than cons. Even though this may be true, I believe the opposite. I think technology does more harm than good. This cons include being a distraction like I said, it is time consuming, and it is making us more anti-social. We are beginning to not be able to talk face to face with people. Although these are some pretty bad reasons why technology is bad but it also has some very good purposes. Some being faster communication, transportation, and entertainment. Technology has hundreds of other purposes but I think that the cons outweigh the pros.

Above is a video about a Ted Talk about how technology is a distraction and that it takes up so much time.

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