Is technology a friend or enemy?By Matthew Ahasay • February 17, 2012 • Category: Opinions
Technology is our friend. Imagine a world without tweets, wall posts and text messages. You can’t. While some may see our dependence as a downfall I choose to look at it positively. The convenience and reliability of modern technology especially with almost everyone having Internet access has improved not only our relationships with each other but also our relationship with knowledge and entertainment.
It used to be that in order to learn about something specific you would have to do a lot of digging through books or find an expert. Now all the information you could ever want is a Google search and some basic cross-referencing away.
Remember having to call people all the time? Having no other choice but to use a landline? Chances are it wasn’t in the past decade. Text messaging is the most acceptable way to contact someone without the disturbance of a phone call. That isn’t to say that no one calls anyone anymore, but texting is clearly the preferred choice of communication across all levels of relationships.
Let’s move on to entertainment. If you look at the coloration between technology and entertainment we, the consumers, have it easy. If we want to discover music we turn on Internet radio. If we want to watch an episode of our favorite TV show, we simply go to Hulu. If we want to hear an album before we buy it, we simply pirate it.
Now roll all of those wonderful things into a handheld device that can be taken everywhere. What you get is a crackberry, or more commonly known as a smart phone. Before I had one, I thought, “look at those anti social clowns, what could they possibly be doing that is more important than the interpersonal communication right in front of them in real life?”
Technology has forever changed our lives, both for good and bad, but if you see everything that we can do that the previous generation couldn’t even conceive of doing, technology dependence is a good thing.