Today technology has advanced quite a lot, and maybe a little too much. Some things have become a necessity to use in current times, things that seemed a luxury to people before e.g. a car. Now it seems that almost everyone has a car, or has one to access at least.
Now is it really that bad you might ask? Yes. Yes it is, because if a thing or a piece of technology becomes something everyone can buy, use and throw out as they want, then the apparition with that thing or piece of technology will be lower. I know that some things simply make life easier or better, like the internet, but it could also be the cause of many problems to some people.
Since I mentioned the internet, I might as well discuss that first. The internet is great. Without it we would be spending hours pouring over encyclopedias for that one sentence we need for a random question that’s popped into mind. It’s a great way to waste time. You can watch movies, listen to music, read books, chat, play games- the sky’s the limit! If you’re lucky, you might even find love. So what could possible be wrong with such a useful contraption?
If you’ve ever read newspapers such as the Daily Mail (British) or the Independent (British) then you would be fully aware of all the cyber-bullying that goes on, associated with sites such as Facebook, FormSpring and Ask.fm. If you’ve been unfortunate enough to experience it, you know it’s not a pleasant experience in the slightest. Sometimes it can even lead to suicide.
Moreover, there’s something called being “catfished”. When you’re online, you don’t necessarily know who you’re speaking to exactly. You may think it’s a hot Harry Styles look-alike when in reality it’s a 60-year-old man. Gross. A lot of people have been catfished. There’s a show about it that’s been adapted from a movie based on a real life encounter.
To add more onto the issue of the internet, you have fraud. Fraud doesn’t just happen on the internet, it can happen anywhere but due to increased internet usage for stuff like shopping and banking it’s become more frequent. Hell, people are even doing it on virtual games such as RuneScape or World of Warcraft.
So that’s one form of technology. Due to other advances in technology, people have become lazier over the years. I mean, come one! Do you really need an electric toothbrush? Are you too lazy to move your wrist for two minutes? I believe technology is one of the causes of the growing number of people that are classified as obese.
So is it really that bad? Both yes and no, because technology has made people’s lives easier, but has also given a more unhealthy lifestyle.