In everyone life these days If they want It to be or not. There are good and bad reasons for having so much technology In the world we live In today. Robert Samuels in his article “Breaking Down Borders: How Technology the Private and Public Realms”, “We adapt to our new technologies and to the new spaces these technologies create”(321).
Gary Wolf also says in his article “The Data-Driven Life” “Millions of us track ourselves all the time”(327) later in the article he mentions, “Self tracking, is not really a tool of optimization but of discovery, tracking regimes that we loud once have thought bizarre are becoming normal”(335). I’m going to be discussing the adoption of how humans have evolved from low to high technology over night. People in the past had to wait patiently to tell someone important information, because the tools were not present to help them get it in a timely manner.
In today’s society it is as simple as whipping out your cellular device and getting a hold of the person you are trying to reach with a touch of a button. People abuse the use of technology. Instead of having privacy settings In place, people are having personal phone calls In public places with no consideration of anyone around them. Robert Samuels mentions this in his article “In order to avoid having to listen to conversations that should be private in the first place”(320).
Robert is saying that why ignore the private conversations if people are willing to say it aloud in a crowded public place listen. Many others would agree with Samuels, even 1 those outside of the realm of scholars. In an Interview with James “It makes me laugh sometimes at what some people talk about In front of complete strangers. ” James also goes on to say “Sometimes I try and listen to others conversations so I can see if I can relate to what is happening in my life”.
Olivia , , explains how she uses a cell phone everywhere she goes “My cell phone is always in my pocket,” She can always talk when she wants to talk to her family and all the technology lets her talk to her family when It Is convenient for her. Different from Olive’s opinions, Jennie Central says “l can never get away from people. It feels Like I can never have my own space. ” Apparently, technology lets people stay connected with each other no matter where oh are or what time it is, this is either a good or bad thing.
How do people determine if it Is good or bad? Perhaps it depends on how we use the technology that is given to us and if we utilize it correctly. Gary Wolf notes “Humans make errors. We make errors of fact and errors of judgment. ” (323) Gary talks about how people use technology to keep track of where they have been and who they have been with. “Sophie Burbler, a forty-seven year old teacher in Palo Alto, is cyclist who regularly logs her time, distance and heart rate during a ride”(329).
People have now started to log everything they do “Sleep, exercise, sex, food, mood, location alertness, productivity, even spiritual well-being are all being tracked and measured, shared and displayed. ” This goes back to my first point that people don’t worry about what people hear or read about them. Also linking to the Idea of privacy, once everything Is put out there how can It be deleted what might have been posted two and a half years ago on a website or blob would be 2 considered embarrassing to the person in present times.
Technology does not automatically adapt to what we are going through, yet it updates and changes based on how often we choose to do so. The fault in this is obvious. Job applications, internships, scholarly opportunities, all diminish once an employer or higher official sees a small detail of an applicants application. In conclusion, I have been talking about the positive and negative attributes of technology in our everyday society. Technology keeps people in contact over long distances from a college student getting a hold of their parents back home.
Similar to marine calling home to talk to his seven month pregnant wife Just so he can hear her voice. However, technology has it’s down sides as well. People are losing their sense to read peoples facial expressions and how to listen to people’s tone of voice. Simple task back in the day now are troublesome to the next generations. Such as writing in cursive or reading a paper back book, all seem foreign ideas because of what technology brings to the table. Yes, without technology we would not be where we are today and not be as developed as a country as we stand now.
But, at what cost? Perhaps the answer lies in what we’ve been taught to believe since lower school. It is all about balance. Not letting one thing over rule our lives so much that we forget about everything and everyone else. Technology can be an extremely helpful tool in our lives, but only if it is used correctly Just like communicating with loved ones far away and participating in these activities sparingly. Privacy and over use are both issues that technology brings, but the benefits that can come are way better and need to be found and used throughout society.