Essay on (In)Dependent on Technology

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Technology is ubiquitous. Nowadays you can go to a Dallas Cowboys football game and watch one of the biggest televisions in the world, download a new song from iTunes instantly on your computer, or Google some trivia on your favorite TV show via your new Smartphone. People like getting things done in the fastest, yet most efficient manner; technology allows everyone to do both at the same time. The world needs to look beyond these tempting, positive attributes of technology and delve into the effects that are not so appealing. Children are being born into a society that relies upon technology for professional and personal reasons and they legitimately do not know a time without it. Technology is causing problems in their social skills and …show more content…
Previous generations were instilled with the notion that “patience is a virtue”; children today simply are not learning that life lesson, and technology is a major part of the reason why this is so. Moreover, people need to question whether or not technology is taking on the responsibilities that formerly belonged to parents. Previously, parents were the ones that taught the lessons of patience to their children; now it seems that technology is teaching them the opposite. A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a foundation conducting nation-wide studies on how media and health are related, uncovered some haunting statistics regarding children and technology. The study showed that on average a child watches five hours of television, listens to two and a half hours of music, and plays three hours of Internet and video games each day (KFF 2-3). This means that out of one hundred and sixty eight hours in a week a child spends seventy-five of it using some sort of technology. The habit of using technology so frequently is creating an addiction or obsession in the youth. They cannot seem to go without texting their friends non-stop or updating their profile pictures on Facebook for even one day. In fact, without technology, children do not seem to know how to fill their time. This addiction may not yield as devastating of results as an addiction to tobacco, but that does

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