In the last few decades we have reached unfathomable heights when it comes to the advancement in technology. Like the computer, at first the government was the only entity allowed to use it and took up about the same amount of space as a large bedroom. Nowadays, most people possess a computer in the palm of his or her hand. In just a short amount of time from the invention of the computer, Windows, then the birth of the internet. Some individuals at the turn of the century, would have claimed that we had peaked and had reached the fullest expectation that the computer had to offer. Social media changed this. It grew and became more than a way to communicate with old friends, but it also became a marketing strategy and a tool that could potentially handicap future generations intellectually. Looking at technology and what it has to offer, I personally believe that it is a useful, helpful, and efficient tool. However if technology is abused and relied on too much, then it will act as a barrier that is denying us the absorption knowledge and will prevent us from being able to socialize with others at a normal level. According to Charles Simic, in his essay A Reunion with Boredom, he argues that we have become so dependent on technology, it has made us less intelligent and has shown us that we prefer to talk to people on our cell phones, rather than engage in face to face communication. I witnessed this myself a few months ago when I was with my friends at a little get together.
A few months ago I was with a few friends at a small get together and at first all the people there talked and interacted with each other. At the same time, some people didn’t talk and were not in the conversation, they were just socially awkward. It only took me a few days after that night to realize that as young adults we didn’t run out of things to talk about, those kids in that house were texting each other and dampening the conversation. Maybe it was easier to text then to talk face to face. It then occurred to me that it might be possible with all of the access we are allowed to have on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, that maybe social media has numbed our abilities and made us forget how to hold a normal conversation.
It’s more than just technology dumbing us down with how obsessed some individuals can seem. According to Cassie Moore in her essay What Is Social Media Really Doing To Us?, she states how obsessed teens are nowadays over their cell phones that some of them will put their cell phones into plastic baggies and continue texting in the shower. Also, some people will bring their cell phones into a public restroom and continue texting and posting. Not only is this type of social media making future generations less intelligent each decade due to the lack of face to face interaction, but it also results in most teens becoming socially awkward which is shown by the way teens nowadays text with very poor sentence structure, poor use of word choice, and misspelled words. This carries into the classroom as well. It’s not like students do it on purpose, but it has become more of a habit. You talk like you text.
Aside from the addiction, a cell phone can actually be so addicting it can be dangerous. According to a statistic about teens using their cellphones while driving, most teens at least try texting or calling on their cellphones while driving at least once. The leading country with most teens that text while driving is America, However over fifty percent of them try it at least once. While the majority of the countries have low percentiles with teens texting and driving at a regular basis. Whatever the case may be texting and driving isn’t and will never be a safe thing to do.
It does not matter what you believe in, the only thing that truly matters is that our youth is aware of what is occurring. Technology is a wonderful tool and at times is quite efficient. The problem with people nowadays is when do they finally wake up and smell the roses and realize too much of something can actually be bad. In fact, when they realize enough is enough and they have the willpower to put their device down and do something active, like read a book, or maybe even hold a long deep conversation with a family member or friend. Everyone will be better off.