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Technology offers both positive and negative aspects.

Technology offers both positive and negative aspects.

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Technology offers both positive and negative aspects.

Amira Shyeve, Contributing Writer

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Technology is everywhere you look. It is something that is used by people all over the world.

But have you ever stopped to think that it may be consuming too much of your life?

Well, most of us haven’t because it has become so normal for us to use technology for almost everything we do. There has been so many apps that have been created that are simply enabling us from doing tasks that we often can do without them, such as shopping.

This has made us become dependent on it.

”I get that feeling that we’re getting closer and closer to the day that we aren’t going to be able to read paper maps,” Dominique Jackson wrote in Has technology made us lazy and dependent?

Schools could also be a big reason why kids who may not even want to use technology or can’t afford it are pressured to use it because schools use it so much.

It is found that about 73 percent of teens have access to a smartphone. Since the majority have access to something powerful phones, schools go with the majority and rarely stop to think about the kids, who don’t have the same advantage as others. Students without this technology feel stucks because, by assuming the majority has technology, teachers do not teach the fundamentals of subjects without technology as strongly.

Students aren’t the only ones that have to go through this strenuous struggle because adults have to as well.

Every year jobs all over add more technology into jobs telling the employers that technology make their job easier for them. Sooner or later, however, technology will be the only thing running the job, leaving people unemployed.

Factory workers, for example, are some of the people there are not fortunate enough to go to college to get a higher education and working at a factory is the best job they could get. So when they are put out of a job because of technology, it is melancholy since a robot or machine doesn’t have bills to pay or a family to provide and another person is left scrambling.

Technology can be useful, as well.

For example, it provides students with facts and advice to help them with homework for important papers. If a student needs help with figuring out what a word means, he or she can easily find out within seconds by just pulling out his or her phone and typing in words or phrases into the Google web search.

Need help studying? No problem.

There are many apps such as Quizlet and StudyBlue that will help students complete any homework they may be unsure about or help them to study for any important assessments that they may have about it.

Technology also helps people keep in touch with relatives miles away or right down the street. It can also help guide people through streets to ensure that they get from one destination to another.

Robots also created by humans can even possibly save lives.

Doctors use robot-assisted surgery to move more precisely when they are performing the surgery. This allows the doctor to sit across the room and operate the robot to perform surgery on a patient.This goes to show that as long as technology is used constructively then it doesn’t necessarily have any negatives.

Technology can and does have positives to it but it’s the way that some of society uses it that gives it some negative qualities.

Some teens use it for cyberbullying, but what most people don’t know is that if someone post something it is there forever, even if you “delete” it.

Teenagers around the world are constantly shamed upon because of their appearance or personality, and technology and social media are a big way for them to do so blatantly or anonymously.

With that being said social media can also be a platform for a person to stand as someone else, convincing people that he or she are who they say they are.

It is almost as if society wants us to be antisocial and wants us to have little human interactions as possible.

Fast food restaurants, such as McDonalds, now have tablets for you to place your order on so by the time you leave the most human interaction a person has is when they hand his or her money to get his or her food.

How long before fast food restaurants cut that out too?

With all that said, technology is something that is powerful and popular.

When people decide to use it in a negative way that is when all the positives about technology are overlooked.

So, be aware of how technology is being used. It is powerful, but be responsible with the power.

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