According to Karl Marx (2001), “the production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.” This quotation implies that too much of something is bad (McCarthy, 2008). It may be complicated to comprehend but this is reality. The present teaches us what to develop and what to avoid. Same is true with technology. With much advanced technology around us, I don’t think it contributes much to the shaping of the society. Though in some ways technology aids people in their daily living, it still has disadvantages such as it molds laziness, creates technology-dependent people, lets “netizens” invade others’ privacy, and allows people to commit cyber crimes.
Have you noticed that technology is being used by people to do less work? Yes, it is a great help to increase productivity but many among us uses this advancement for the sake of technology itself (Tyler, 2012). Because of this, laziness among people is molded. Wireless connections are being innovated to make life automatic. Instead of doing things manually, people would abuse the use of such technology and make their lives easier to deal with. For instance, one can just relax on his couch, watch television, and use his remote control to change the channel after a weighty and exhausting day. That situation may be reasonable, but there are a lot of lazy bodies which prefer not to change the channel if they don’t have the remote with them (Jackson, 2013). With that simple circumstance, laziness enters the scenario and becomes a trap to the person involved.
Admittedly, technology has brought evident changes which helped a lot of people. But with that, aren’t we becoming too dependent on technology this 21st century? For example, a student would just open his browser and go to Google for his researches instead of spending some time going to the school library and look for books related to his studies (Jackson, 2013). To be honest, that negative effect could sometimes be manifested in my academic life and I can sometimes be guilty of this. Of course, who would find time going to a place and waste even a little effort looking for something when you can actually get it through the internet in just a matter of seconds (Bator, Young, Alonzo, & Payton, 2009)? The fact that technology gives instant results makes a man dependent on technology itself (McCarthy, 2008). This dependence on technology can be more explained through considering our own daily routines. How much time do you spend on Facebook or Twitter (Tyler, 2012) just to keep in touch with friends and to know what is trending around the globe (Bator, Young, Alonzo, & Payton, 2009)? Or maybe how much do you need your phones for communication with people far from you? This elucidates how people are becoming more dependent on technology each day.
For over centuries, technology has been helping us in different aspects of our lives. It brought modernization to our daily lives and increased our gadgets and other forms of technology to a new level (Davidow, 2013). With that, technology may now be used much more than helping and protecting us. Hence, it is defeating the true purpose of inventing technology. Nowadays, hackers could access the files or accounts of anyone through the web. Even more, rebels from a certain country could have contact to government sites and get private information which is not intended to be shared (Myhre, 2013). With these being flashed in the news, I think that technology is not just doing its job, but it now exceeds its limitations. That is the bad news. Technology can now be used to invade one’s privacy (Zuckerbrod, 2013).
According to the issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer on the 1st of January 2013, almost 9 out of 10 Filipino internet users have been victimized by cybercrime or a malicious activity on the internet at one time or another (Avendaño, 2013). This proves that as technology advances, it becomes easier to commit cybercrimes. Thinking that in the past decades there are only few reports informing the people about cybercrimes, it is so evident right now that this issue becomes so disturbing. In any way or another, many are being harassed through the social media. There is a bulk of news relating a young teenager being troubled because of these social networking sites. Many were mocked, mistreated or even killed. This is how dangerous technology can be sometimes without the regulation in its use. To fight this, we need to discipline ourselves. We do not have to wait to be abused before we do the necessary actions. Truly, prevention would always be better than cure.
With every technology that gets innovated, it has its effects on us. Whether it poses a trap which will lead to a negative effect or a path to something better, it is still important to know that we can still live without technology. Life was better even before the internet or the computer was invented (Bator, Young, Alonzo, & Payton, 2009). People just started to be lazy when they learned that things can be done automatically. They also learned to be more dependent on technology because it can do jobs for them. Moreover, invading one’s privacy is now even easier with the help of technology. Lastly, technology led the people over the internet to commit cybercrimes. Now, can you say that technology is really helping us that good?
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