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Technology Takes a Toll on Toddlers to Teens
May 9, 2012Irvington High School
By: Dominique Reynolds
Technology is like a sword, it has can be used as a weapon for evil or a tool for good, depending upon the user.
Technology does not care about the user. Technology cannot replace the human touch of a hug by a loved one or share sorrows with a friend. Dependence upon technology causes our emotions and our bodies to rust or pervert since one cannot find honest physical expression through illusions.
“Teens and young adults are plugged into technology more than ever,” according to Mark Bauerlein, author of "The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes our Future."
In our ‘gadget-obsessed’ society, the daily use of technology has become second nature. Human interaction has taken a back seat.
According to Devonte Jones a senior in Irvington High School, “Technology has become an integral part of our everyday lives; however, the dangers of technology arise when users are not cautious.”
The dangers of technology are increasing every day. For example, Facebook has amassed over 500 million active users, many of whom frequently post their personal information on their profiles.
Seemingly nothing is off limits on Facebook. “Users update their Facebook pages to include their current location, class schedules, phone numbers, and places of work,” according to Holly Johnson, criminology professor at the University of Phoenix. Nothing is private anymore.
Technology makes life more complex. New forms of entertainment, such as video games and Internet access are increasingly believed to have possible negative social effects in areas like academic performance.
The dangers or technology vary. A study by researchers at the University of Michigan that spanned 15 years shows that, based of the amount of time children spend watching television, their views and behaviors are affected. It found a link between childhood television viewing and adult violent behavior. Other studies found links between TV viewing and smoking, drinking and risky sexual behavior.
Technology is a way of organizing the universe so that man doesn't have to experience it.