Essay on Overdependence on Computer

1164 Words Sep 14th, 2012 5 Pages
Argumentative Writing
Topic: We are becoming overwhelmingly dependent on computers. Is thisdependence on computers a good thing or should we be more suspicious of their benefits?
Computers are, without a doubt, a useful tool that many of us use every day. Sincetheir invention, people far and wide have become increasingly dependent oncomputers. Computers have found their way into just about every aspect of our lives, and in most cases, they make things easier for us. They allow us to work from home, socialize with our friends and family who live too far away to visit,and they provide an ever-welcome stress relief when we come home from schoolor work and just want to have some fun. But as we increasingly rely on computersto
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While this isn't much of an issue for older students, itis an issue for the younger students who are just learning to read and write.Regardless of how much we're coming to rely on computers, printing and handwriting are a necessary skill to have. But typing out assignments has an affecton more than just the ability to print -- it can also negatively impact on their spelling and grammar. While most programs now have spell- and grammar-check,they are not infallible; they cannot differentiate between homonyms and will oftensuggest corrections that are not, in fact, correct. Furthermore, information is oftenmore easily and accurately remembered when children have to spend a little timewriting it out by hand, rather than a few quick minutes typing away at a keyboard.Because of these factors, computers in school should be reserved for older students, longer assignments, or classes which specifically teach how to use acomputer.Another case against computers crops up when a person's interest in computersgoes too far and becomes an obsession. However, it's still important to maintain alife outside of the cyber world; a life spent attached to a computer screen isn't areal life. When a computer becomes the central point of a person's life, theyundergo a change in behaviour; they become lazy and develop anti-socialtendencies, and, in some severe

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