Persuasive Essay On Technology And Leisure

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For years theologians have argued that technology is leading to an overload of man’s mind; many people focus so much on their studies that they leave one of man’s most luxurious past-times: leisure. “The root problem, he claims, is that the culture has lost the practice of leisure. On the face of it, then, Pieper appears to be worrying that people are in danger of working themselves into a workaholic frenzy and at risk of losing their weekends, vacation and rerecreation time” (No Time to Think, David Levy, pg. 66). In the culture of today leisure is emphasized lowly due to technology; interruptions are common due to the internet, there is much more of an emphasis on our workload due to technology, and technology simply replaces many past-time …show more content…
Many subjects are being replaced by technology, even funeral homes are choosing to have flat-screen televisions for the convenience of the family. “They’re about to go, um, live with a new website that’s ‘more interactive and friendlier,’ says Victor. ‘Families can have a memorial online. Visitors can add messages and condolences.”(The Death of the Funeral Business, Sandy Hingston, pg. 40). The point of this quote is that technology is replacing many activities, even activities that involve sending off final goodbyes.Our new way of communicating, via cellphone, somewhat changes time in a way, how is time important to us when we constantly are connected to our cell-phones? In Douglas Rushkoff’s essay Time Ain’t Money Douglas speaks about “The End of Time”, physical clocks are something in “the now”. “On the analog clock, each second is a portion of a minute, and each minute a portion of the day. Time is in motion. On the digital clock, time is static. A number. A now.” (Time Ain’t Money, Douglas Rushkoff, pg. 114). Rushkoff attributes this as a “timeless” factor, as if it doesn’t exist anymore because it’s now being taken over by digital clock. “This new, a-historical experience of time changes everything. And once you start looking around, you realize everyone is adjusting in one way or another to the new ‘now.’ On a surface level, it’s the real-time, pervasive, always-on, perpetual pinging of our devices, Twitter feeds, Facebook updates, and text messages”(Time Ain’t Money, Douglas Rushkoff, pg. 115). In a way, recent technology has lead to the end of time, people expect swift results instead of waiting for them, our technology is slowly weaning away our patience with

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