is Technology Harmful or Helpful? Do the Distractions of Technology Outway the Benefits?

There is one scene where these two character talk about a big company keeping track of all there movement and their actions to figure out what they like to use it for marketing. They said that they didn't care if this company had their information because what could they do you that would matter. I thought that's how people use the internet now, regardless to the consequences. Then you see how people are always on the “feed” a chip inside your brain that connects you to the internet. They party and play games and watch videos but no one seems concerned with what's going around them. How all of south america is being turned to sludge from factories or how they cut down almost all of the trees on earth so they need oxygen plants. Everybody seems distracted by the feed and all of their advance technology that they don't pay any attention to what's going around them and earths condition

In the world we live in today people are constantly on phones or computers. Whether we are using it appropriately is our choice. We could either do what the teacher is telling us to do or play games, we could do our homework or we could watching T.V. The fact that we have a choice is a problem for some people because they want to do the more fun thing even know the other choice is better for them. The same problem happens in the feed do what we want instead of what we should be. They party and do fun things instead of trying to save the earth from all the pollution and waste, and we play video games instead of doing homework. There was a study done at Winona University where 137 kids were split into two different groups, taking not on their laptop and on paper. At the end of the study the two groups took the same test. The kids that took notes on paper had better scores than the people that use computers. Computers represent distractions and temptation in the eyes of many students. After comparing my book to this issue and reading some articles I realized that for some people it is harder now than ever to learn because with all the technology now being incorporated with schools there are a lot more distractions.

Along with playing games in school and not doing your work there are more serious distractions, a popular example of this is with is texting and driving. Texting and driving is a huge distraction and a very dangerous one, looking at your phone for even 5 seconds can get you in accident. But people overlook the facts because they don't believe it will happen for them because they can multitask. You don't even have to be in a car either, people walking across the street and aren't looking because they are on the phone are at risk too. More than 1,000 people were seriously injured from walking and texting in 2008 and over the years that number has dramatically increased. People are so distracted by their mobile devices that their attention is diverted from what is going on around it to their devices.

The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving. The statistics are even worse in teen drivers, 11 teens die every day because of texting and driving. Because they look down for 2-7 seconds to read a message and maybe respond they got into an accident and do not recover from it.

People can steal your money just by you entering your credit card number into the computer

In the Feed most character are always having fun and partying, they do not care about what is happening around them. They are so distracted with having fun that they do not care about destroying the world. Another problem was this big company having complete access to all of their information because of this device they all had in their heads. Like when a website asks for your email you don't think twice but these companies can use your emails and sign you up for unwanted things and spam your email address. An example a little more serious than spam emails is how people can steal your identities and your money. When companies ask you to put in personal information and do it without thinking twice about people stealing your identity or/and your money. Because we put our information out on the internet we, as a country, give away more money than some countries have in total. People in this generation are so naive and careless to the threat of somebody impersonating them and stealing all of their cash because they don't believe it will happen to them.

Number of billions lost and number of victims over the years

The 2016 Identity Fraud Study, released by Javelin Strategy & Research, found that $15 billion was stolen from 13.1 million U.S. consumers in 2015, compared with $16 billion and 12.7 million victims a year earlier. In the past six years identity thieves have stolen $112 billion. The Whole government spends only 28 time more than that and is only 1.44 time bill gates net worth

The articles and the book that I read, Feed, has really helped me to realize how technology isn't as good as we make it out to be. We only say that it is so good because it is fun for us but does it really benefit us? Does the fun and advancement in our society really outway the costs of distractions in the classroom and on the road along with the privacy issues. I believe that the answer to this is truly up to ourselves, that it varies on the person. The people that are prioritized, focused, and careful have no disadvantages but for the others that are a little more reckless and distracted have trouble using it for appropriate reasons and get side tracked. Whether technology benefits you is up to you based on how you use it

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