Amanda Ish Mrs. Mikush English 10 01/9/2012 Too Much Technology Technology has taken a huge toll of importance in the lives of people now-a-days. However, a question arises. Is all of the technology that is being brought into our lives really more helpful or harmful? I feel that people are building too much of a dependence on technology and that it is harming society more than it is helping it. There are many negative effects of computer technology in our lives and what the dangers of having them in our lives are. The government stores many files of personal information about people all over the country in databases (Computers).
This worries people about the criminals who might try to steal their personal information and use it against them (Computers). Another privacy risk is that of hackers. Hackers are people who use their skills with computers to gain access to information they are unauthorized to view. These people can gain access to many things by doing this such as credit scores, bank account numbers, and even a person’s social security number. This provides great concern for people because if any of their information is taken without permission by a criminal it can be used for fraud (Computers).
Many judges however are concerned with the fact about computer’s privacy because they are unsure about how the regular privacy laws apply to computers due to the fact that computer technology is always changing (Computers). Another concern about computers is for health problems. It is said that said that if a person sits in front of a computer for too long that they will develop various problems such as: damaged eyesight, migraines, fatigue of the hands and wrists, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and strains of the neck and back (Computers). Another reason why too much technology is harmful to society is because of addiction.
It is shown that “net junkies” show similar addiction to the internet as to those who suffer from alcoholism (Arnaut). The internet is becoming a necessity to those. They begin to build-up a tolerance to it so they need to go on more and more a day to get the feel that they used to get for going on just half or less of the time. This is similar to alcoholism. In fact, people are getting so addicted to the computer technology that they’re have been various increases on the use of internet addiction web pages as well as distress calls to therapists talking about how they are losing a family member to the internet (Arnaut).
If the addiction is not treated in time, it can lead to isolation from society and break-ups of families. A 32 year old woman from Texas says, “She says that she nearly lost her 13-year marriage after a torrid 14-month Internet romance that eventually turned real. ” She says she met a man online in a chat room and traveled to Holland to meet him. She says he is her soul mate but neither the woman nor he wanted to end their marriages. People are becoming so attached to the internet they are forgetting about their real lives and begin to only think about the internet and when they can go on it.
The third claim of how too much technology is harmful is cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is defined as willful and repeated harm inflicted through a medium of electronic text (School Violence, 2008). Cyber bullying is mostly done through forms of text messaging and through a personal computer. There are many things that can be defined as cyber bullying through the personal computer such as posting obscene pictures of a person or writing malicious things about them on internet websites (School Violence, 2008).
Cyber bullying is more advantageous to the bully than the traditional style of bullying because with certain forms of cyber bullying you can remain completely anonymous and have no physical confrontation (School Violence, 2008). Any person can set up a fake email and create an instant messenger or a fake account on a social networking site to harass others and these can be very hard to trace back to who the bully is. Another advantageous thing to the bully is that typing requires very little physical energy so it makes it much easier to bully someone via electronics rather than physical confrontation.
It is also easier to bully via electronics than physically not only because stature and built do not matter when it comes to cyber bullying, but that most adolescents have their own personal computers and their parents are not constantly watching over them to prevent it from happening (School Violence, 2008). Cyber bullying leaves people in emotional, as well as, physical turmoil. This will cause emotional turmoil even though the messages can be deleted from the source does not mean that the intent of the messages doesn’t stick. Even if a person deletes all the harmful evidence of what is said a person may never forget what is said in hem. Most adolescents use the internet at least once a day. And most use it at home too so there really is no escape from the harm of cyber bullying unless you withdraw from using electronics altogether. Cyber bullying can cause such severe emotional pain it can lead to physical pain as well. Some people who are awfully cyber bullied begin to feel as though they are so worthless they will harm themselves or in some extreme cases kill themselves: In the case of Tyler Clementi, 18, he killed himself by jumping off of the George Washington Bridge in New York.
His college roommate secretly recorded him engaging in sexual activity with another person and tried to stream it over the web. His roommate then proceeded to tweet about the incident to his followers. And three days after the first incident his roommate posted, “Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it’s happening again. ” And the next day Clementi posted on his Facebook page “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry” (Friedman, 2010). Cyber bullying has a serious and life-lasting effect on a person’s life and what you post can never be deleted. Most adolescents use the internet at least once a day.
And most use it at home too so there really is no escape from the harm of cyber bullying unless you withdraw from using electronics altogether. Although the many downfalls of technology it has some benefits too. One of the benefits is the technology usage in schools. The technology that most schools have now provides all kind of new and improved ways of learning. For example, with all the new technology it allows access now more than ever to all sorts of new information from many different viewpoints (Williams, 2002). Another way that the technology improves schools is that it provides new teaching methods for students to learn with.
It allows more ways for student’s to comprehend the new curriculum they are learning. However, the problem with all of the technology in schools is that the students become too dependent on it. Some students do not know how to use things such as a card catalog or how to look things up in text books because schools have switched so much of their focus to technology. Technology even in some points can cause more harm than good. It is impossible for administrators to block every single website that can digress students away from their tasks on their computers. And the technology can have many litches in the programs causing the student’s to fall behind in their learning. All in all, there are many benefits of technology, but there are more downfalls that outweigh the pros. In conclusion, I feel that technology is more harmful than helpful because it is a danger to people’s privacy, can cause many health risks for people, has addicting qualities, can cause family problems, and cyber bullying. Works Cited “Computers. ” Current Issues: Macmillian Social Science Library. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. December 12, 2011.
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