The Negative Effects Of Technology On Society

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“Wi-Fi and cell phones are slowly killing off the human race!” preached a crazy lady who lives on the rural Western Slope of Colorado. Could this be true? Could technology really be ruining us? Cell phones and Wi-Fi may not be causing a disease or killing people, but technology may be more hurtful than beneficial in today’s society. Technology is definitely taking over our lives. According to the Power Research Center, “As of 2014, 90% of American adults have a cell phone, 58% of American adults have a smartphone, 32% of American adults own an e-reader, and 42% of American adults own a tablet computer” (Power Research Center P1). Technology, such as computers, cell phones, and T.V.s, has become the center that our world revolves around. …show more content…
Technology should be more of a backbone for humans instead of a brain, which means technology should help people, not think for them. Nicholas Carr stated, “the depth of our intelligence hinges our ability to transfer information from working memory, the scratch pad of consciousness, to long-term memory, the mind’s filing system,” (Carr). It seems as if nothing can be done anymore without the use of technology. For example, we do not use a phone book anymore to look up someone’s number, or use a map anymore. We simply use a GPS to take us wherever we need to go. There are apps that can do anything for you. Instead of looking at our phone to dial a number or text something, we can just simply talk into our phone, and it will do everything for us. With the availability of a computer, people do not have to go to the library and research anymore. The internet has also made printed books and written documents available online, so people do not have to read or write, they can just listen to the words. The track people are on now with technology is not beneficial. Technology is becoming our brain and is thinking for …show more content…
They also have online courses, which makes it so kids do not have to go to school anymore to gain an education if they choose not to. Because of the rise in cell phones and social networking, social skills are not developing. According to neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, “modern technology is changing the way our brains work,” (Greenfield). Technology can be both beneficial and harmful in different ways in which children think. According to Jim Taylor, PhD, “technology is not just affecting children on the surface of their thinking, because their brains are still developing and malleable, frequent exposure by so-called digital natives to technology is actually wiring the brain in ways very different than in previous generations,” (Taylor p2). Some studies have suggested that video games reduce both the quality of sleep and the ability of kids to remember vocabulary, which points to the importance of our brains getting enough rest being critical to our lives. With so much technology, it is damaging children’s

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