Sometimes when I sit back and listen to my kids talk about how things are these days, I just shake my head and sign. If the average child does not have their own cellphone by age eleven or twelve, to hear them tell the story, it is the end of the world. “My parents are so mean!” Who is to blame for this attitude? I don’t want to point any fingers, but we all might want to share
the blame. We have become a world built around technology. I believe we are only hurting ourselves. We as adults are sending the message to the younger generations that communication, real communication is a thing of the past. Families already face so many struggles without the complications of technology. Work schedules, school schedules, extra-curricular activities, they all consume our time. Add tablets, laptops, social networks, email, and cell phones in the mix, it spells disaster. I think it is time we all got back to the basics and put down our electronics, step outside with our families, take a breath of fresh air and truly enjoy what we have.

 MANIC

M – The message that I got from reading this piece on technology is that it can consume your life. Very similar to alcohol or drug addiction, people are capable of becoming addicted to their electronic devices. Think of how many times you stop what you are doing to read that email or check that score for the big game. Think of how many times a text comes through and you are driving, but you just HAVE to see who it is from? And just like the author of the story, people do get moody or “edgy” when they haven’t had their electronic fix.


A – Honestly, I agreed with the author about the negativity of the effect of our technology. Throughout the years society has always wanted to be bigger and better. Just one step ahead of the pack. In becoming so advanced with our gadgets though, it seems to me that we have actually taken a major step BACK in time. People in today’s world rarely have face to face encounters anymore. Why waste the time and energy to talk to that friend you haven’t seen in years, maybe have a cup of coffee and catch up when you can just give them a friend request and “like” and “comment” all the items on their social networking page.


N – In the article, the author writes about the child whose grades suffer from his electronic device use, and the parents take the said electronics away as punishment. This sounds like a reasonable punishment, yet the parents, specifically dad, whose career is based around the internet, fails to reduce his electronic exposure, even though his family time is suffering. I believe that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Dad should be properly punished for neglecting his family, just as the child was punished for neglecting his schoolwork.


I – I found it interesting that withdrawals of our electronic devices can be compared to the withdrawals of drug and alcohol. That not getting to check our email a trillion times a day can have a negative effect on our moods. I have sat and watched people, honestly if I could make money doing this I would, and almost as if out of pure habit, the average person with unconsciously check their phones for messages numerous times a day. It is almost as if they are dependent on those 4G’s inside their pocket

C – The author makes the point in the article that technology is consuming our lives. All of us. Our schoolwork suffers, our jobs suffer and more specifically our families suffer. Yet the writer also brings attention to the man from Oklahoma that has made his career from all of this technology. I understand that this family is a good example of a technology infested family, but I think that by showing how successful this individual has become, by way of neglecting his family to a degree, we are only enforcing this  behavior.

 


Cheyanne Terry
05/24/2013 6:07pm

You make a very interesting point! I do think we can all share a part of the blame. Communication comes in a number of ways but traditional face to face talking has definitely become limited due to the use of technology. I do agree that families need to spend more quality time experiencing life without the use of cell phones, tablets, etc. My family has always been active in sports or other outdoor activities. I value that and think it has contributed to us as a close family. I agree that parents should be held accountable to reducing the amount of their technology time when it cuts into family activities as well. I also believe people get moody or edgy based on their ability or inability to get their technology fix. Don't believe me? Ever see someone who cannot find their phone or get internet service? I admit, I am among the guilty.

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Kevin Nelsen
05/25/2013 12:50pm

I don't think technology is exactly like drug or alcohol addiction where it can seriously harm your bodily functions by blackening your lungs or failing your liver. But daily dependence on getting a technology fix does seem to cause emotional harm when it goes too far. It's interesting to consider what happens when someone goes long term without the use of technology. It seems confusing when trying to understand when too much dependency on technology can be a problem for yourself or those around you.

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Dawn Costello
05/26/2013 3:17pm

I dont think I agree with Kevin in this instance. Technology addiction is very real. How many times have we seen the business people on their phones, pdas and laptops in public. I know when I have left my cellphone at home accidently, I felt almost disconnected from the world because I couldnt receive text messages or check my facebook. I agree that we have created our own problem with the advancement in technology, but the real question is how do we fix it?

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