Technology is ever-changing in today’s day and age and has affected us individually, and as a society either negatively or positively depending on the perspective. Technology has negatively impacted me in three specific ways. The first way technology has impacted my life caused a decrease in the number of face-to-face interactions I have daily. With technology assisting or occupying the majority of our day, the conversations we participate in daily are more often limited to a text or phone call. The second way technology has affected my life has caused an increase in the amount of bullying found online among students.
With social media being the new façade for students to anonymously pick on one another, there’s been a noticeable increase in physical violence in schools, as well as a soaring statistic in pre-teen and teen suicides. The third and final way technology has negatively impacted my life caused less personal thinking in my daily routine. A phone, for example, has Internet connection, a calculator, a dictionary, a thesaurus and multiple other assistive apps to help simplify our daily tasks.
In a week alone, the average teen will send 854 texts, spends 31 hours on a computer and watch 21 hours of television. The first negative impact technology has had on my life is the amount of time it consumes. With social media occupying the majority of our schedules, the amount of conversations we engage in daily are limited to a text or phone call. While these new forms can be assistive in long distance communication, it also changes the way we interact among one another. Communicating over text messaging can be misinterpreted; distracting and can even affect our mood.
Studies suggest that there can be a correlation found between social interactions and the way we feel. When our schedules are busy and others are constantly surrounding us, our mood generally gets better. Social media is causing us a lack of face-to-face communication, causing us to be lazier, dependent and socially in tune at all times. I find that the lack of face-to-face communication is a problem because of the time social media takes up. For example, when my family gets together every Friday evening for a movie night, the lights and sounds of the devices surrounding constantly distract me. I find technology negatively impacts my life by taking up a large amount of my family, and personal time.
The idea of “cyber bullying” didn’t arise until early 2001 when students started causing problems at school because of issues previously online. Social networking sites have created the second negative impact the internet has had on my life. Sites such as Tumblr, Ask.Fm and Formspring.Me offer an anonymous option when asking a question that is publicly posted to the timelines of everyone following the receiver. These comments can leave the victim feeling overwhelmed, vulnerable, powerless, exposed, humiliated and isolated. Victims usually feel threatened to be present in front of the bully or feel the need to lash out and attack the attacker. Studies from Stop A Bully Safe & Anonymous conducted may 2009 – July 2013 reported cyber bullying third most common in Ontario. (20%)
With statistics this high, social media causes just as many negative effects on teens as it does positive. With cyber bullying awareness assemblies, posters and public announcements it is still a common problem in today’s youth. Suicides still account for 20% of deaths from all causes in this age group. In 2008, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 233 Canadians aged 10 to 19 — 156 males and 77 females — died by their own hands because of problems among peers. Cyber bullying has caused a negative impact on my life as well as the lives of many others. It’s very easy for anyone to anonymously send a message and not feel guilty, but it isn’t very funny when you’re made the target.
All day, every day my cell phone is in my pocket, ready to help me whenever I need it. The last negative impact technology has had on my life is the lack of thinking I do daily. My phone helps by providing a calculator, notes, dictionaries, thesauruses and many other assistive apps that help me on the go. Instead of doing difficult math problems or worrying about the essay I have to write, my phone has the ability to calculate any problem or search the web for a few ideas at anytime. While these may seem like handy functions to have around, they also prevent my chances of learning by answering a math problem or creating an essay topic myself.
I find these functions cause our society to be neglectful and reliant. For example, with the help of modern technology, I haven’t been to the library to use an encyclopedia in years. This is because of the efficiency and accuracy that the internet has to offer. While the internet can quickly assist you on any topic you need, it can also cause you to be dependent and brainless by doing all of your work for you.
I believe modern technology is causing our society to change. What once was a purposeful and determined community is now an uneducated and inert population. Technology has negatively impacted me in three ways: a decrease in the number of face-to-face interactions I have daily, an increase in the amount of bullying found online among students and a noticeable decrease in the amount of personal thinking in my daily routine.