The forever evolving use of electronic devices is causing revolutionizing changes in sense experience, leisure, and wonder. Humans are becoming more and more detached from each other, from nature, and from themselves. Technology is distracting and is altering our way of thinking. It may be hard to realize how reliant we are on technology, but if one takes a step back and just looks around, the differences in human nature are becoming very apparent.
This generation’s sense experiences are being altered by the striking evolution of electronic devices. Technology is everywhere and is used for everything. Humans are no longer experiencing the world around them, but rather their own world that they hold in their own hands. It is important to remember to look up from the phone, and experience the real world we are surrounded by. Before monumental developments in technology, humans had a deeper understanding of the things they experienced. Real life experiences are becoming more rare. People are too focused on internet games and social media, rather than on the amazing things they could be looking at and truly experiencing, happening right in front of them. As life-changing sense experiences are becoming less common, missed opportunities are becoming more common. It is sad to think that this generation and the generations to come are going to miss so much because they are too busy looking down at their phones. Relationships are now displayed online for all to see. However, emotions are no longer shown and we are no longer engaging in conversation or activities that fall outside of our comfort zone. The inability to actually interact with those around us is leading to societal damages. Humans are isolating themselves; who needs true human interaction when we can communicate electronically in so many different ways? Friends are now met online, making for a rather lonely life, and leading to social incapabilities. When feeling uncomfortable in public, we have made it a habit to just look down at our phones, adding to our social anxiety. We are frightened to talk to people, to spark up what could be an amazing conversation, leading to a true friendship. Even when we spend time with the people who should really matter, the people who should really know us — our family and friends — we don’t give each other the attention we all deserve. Real conversation no longer exists. We text, instant message, and receive updates on other people’s lives through their status updates. The family dynamic and close-knit relationships are disappearing. Technology is taking so much away from us. We no longer see or hear things going on around us. We are oblivious to so much. Humans no longer notice things. Missed opportunities are becoming the norm. Everything is imagined now: unreal things are perceived as real. Before the blow-up of technology, people were forced to truly experience nature and the people in their lives. However, things have changed and technology is quickly taking over.
Leisure has been transformed in recent years. Nature used to be the focus of our daily lives. But this has quickly become a thing of the past. The focus is now put on smart phones and laptops. The internet entertains us now. We are slaves to technology, giving it all of our attention. We see only the screens we hold, and are blind to the various other things we could be doing in our spare time. It is almost as if spare time is reserved solely for the various electronic devices which consume us. Kids are being taught at a young age that they can entertain themselves with technology. Parents use electronic devices in negative ways; they take advantage of what advances in society have given us. Electronic devices should not be used as a way to keep a child quiet. It is especially important for developing children to interact socially with their parents and their peers. The consequences of isolating a toddler with technology can be detrimental to their learning of social practices. People are becoming less productive. More time is being spent using electronic devices; they are distracting and give us quick and easy answers, which isn’t always a good thing. Technology is being used as an easy out.
Smart phones make for dumb people. They take away from our creativity. We no longer have to think. Deep thinking and wondering are things of the past. Our phones and the internet do all of our thinking for us, making it so that all we have to do is type our questions into the search bar. We instantly get back thousands of results. There is no reason for us to ponder over things. Deep thinking no longer exists, but what does exist is ignorance. We should be basing our ideas off of our own real-life experiences, not always on what is collectively agreed upon. People are increasingly becoming ignorant, believing the first thing they read and not even stopping to question it. We are not thinking about the problems we are trying to solve and the things we want to discover. We are using the internet as an easy out. This new way of “learning” is fostering extreme ignorance. Our minds cannot fully and completely develop without the help of observation and contemplation, and these things are being taken away with the overuse of electronic devices.
Electronic devices are largely impacting the world we live in. It is almost as if we are creating our own new world with new advances in technology, altering our way of thinking. Although technology has the potential to help us, it is being taken for granted and is largely overused. This generation is using electronic devices as an easy out when it comes to sense experience, leisure, and wonder. It is not fair to shut people and experiences out because we are too enwrapped in our phones. Children should not be given electronic devices to keep them busy; it is important for parents to fuel conversation. At this rate, the youth is being taught that deep thought and wonder is not important because they can look up a general and rather meaningless answer online in just a few seconds. The easiness technology provides us is turning into a curse. We are all falling into the trap; social skills and real connections are lacking, and this new world is turning out to be a lonely one.
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