Wired: Technology Linked to our Lives

Wired: Technology Linked to our Lives
By Richie Chu

Technology just within our grasp has benefited society with fast efficient means of getting what we need done almost instantaneously. Shopping is completed in the comfort of our own homes; research for school projects is done with a quick Google search; and finding dates has condensed down to a single online profile.  But as the technological era reigned, dependence upon these efficient means became embedded so deeply into our lives, that before we knew it, an era without technology was nothing more than a distant past. Yes, the active progression of technology no doubt came with improvements in making life more efficient and the world more connected, but it also came at the cost of hindering the social value of human interactions and technological independence.
Technology has hindered opportunities for face-to-face communications as social interactions move to the virtual world. Take the dinner table as an example. Before the advent of televisions and cell phones, dinner was a time for the family to bond and get together. Today, inventions limit these interactions. Instead of engaging in dialogue, the television captivates family members’ attention while simultaneously, children are constantly on their cell phones playing games or chatting with friends, restraining the progression of these relationships. These disadvantages to social interaction extend beyond the dinner table. Hangouts with friends are consumed by time checking Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Technology has directed our attention to screens rather than the person sitting across from us. This routine without face-to-face interaction has become so comfortable that it is effortless to not interact with others, causing us to miss out on the benefits these interactions can provide. When was the last time you actually had a full on conservation with your family at dinner table?
Believe it or not, there was a time before the internet when children actually went outside and activities could be accomplished even being deprived of the aid technology provides. Without notice, technology has ingrained itself into our everyday lives. Now, it seems as though without technology, living everyday life is no longer possible. Google Maps is required to get from one place to another. Waking up requires an alarm clock. Communication happens through text or emails.  Keeping connected with our friends occurs through social media. Research for school projects occurs on the internet. Microwaves are needed to make our everyday food. With technology now a critical part of our existence, we are at risk of mass devastation if one day our technological infrastructure collapses.
Nevertheless, some may argue that technology provides our lives with the means to accomplish our goals more efficiently than ever. The internet has evolved from dial-up, to broadband, to Google Fiber. From the telegraph, to the telephone, and finally to the cell phone. Impatient people like me would suffer from the absence of a fast internet connection or a fast phone. Regardless, we have to ask ourselves again, at what expense does technology bring these benefits?
The ability to finish tasks at a faster pace has also forced us to risk our safety. New modes of transportation along with the advancements of the cell phone have led to 1,600,000 car accidents per year due to texting and driving. Texting and walking also poses a dangerous risk, resulting in approximately 5000 deaths a year. The internet also has its woes, with social media interconnectivity increasing the number of murders and crimes that originate from sources such as craigslist and online dating sites. So, do the benefits technology provides really outweigh all the problems it causes?
A life unwired seems so distant and the gap between an unplugged world and the technological world continues to expand. Though technology has quickened the pace of life, the sacrifices we have made are far greater. It has rendered us incapable of depending on ourselves for survival. Thus, as technology continues expanding, it also brings the death of human interaction, independence, and safety.

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