Nowadays,technology has become an important part in our lives. However,everything has two sides. Essentially, technology enhances theconvenience of people’s lives but may, on the downside, result indecreased communication among individuals. It is imperative thatpeople strive to avoid the negative aspects of the technology even asthey exploit the positive ones.
First,technology enhances the convenience of people’s lives. Individualscan be connected better than ever with people all around the world.As Friedman (2006) mentioned, the taxi driver used his Bluetooth talkto his African parents. As for me, I could freely talk with my motherto share my life at any time of the day or night through just callingher on my mobile phone. As we can see, the technology makescommunicate with the people all around the world become moreconvenient. At the same time, we can use social platforms such as,Facebook and Instagram to share experiences pertaining to my lifewith my friends irrespective of where they are. This means that I canalso keep tabs on my friends’ lives, as well as use the platform tomake new friends. Essentially, it goes without saying that technologybrings individuals closer to each other through allowing them toconnect even when they do not have any physical access to oneanother.
Inaddition, advanced technology has allowed for the exposure andraising of awareness about the ills that plague the society in whichwe live in, as well as increasingly mobilize individuals to riseagainst the same so as to create a better society and country. Thiscomes off as a result of the increased interconnectedness and thespeed at which information is passed, not to mention the numerouspeople that have access to the same within that time. It may beacknowledged that in instances where a particular item is uploadedeither on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms,it is viewed and shared by numerous individuals within the shortesttime, in which case it becomes pretty much easy to mobilize themaround a particular cause. This is exactly what happened in Tunisiawhere the mistreatment of a fruit vendor in 2011 by governmentofficials caused him to set himself ablaze, an episode that wascaptured on camera and viewed by numerous people who rose to theoccasion and kick-started the Arab Spring calling for bettergovernance (Lam, 2012). A similar episode is seen in China where itscitizens are increasingly using Weibo, a social media platform toexpose corruption, offer criticism to officials and strive to makethe country better in spite of the efforts by the Communist Party toregulate its usage in the country (Langfit, 2012). Perhaps theinability of governments or any entity to regulate its usage is themain basis for its utility.
Onthe other hand, technology may have negative effects on therelationships and interconnectedness of individuals. AsFriedman(2006) said, technology makes people near seem far. This isdemonstrated in “ TaxiDrive”where the passenger and the taxi driver did six things on theirdevices, but they never talked to each other. Although, they are inthe same space, but makes their short distance become or at leastseem much longer. Essentially, technological advancement makesindividuals lose the basic communication. Besides, technology makespeople become bystanders. A case in point is presented in Basulto(2012), where, in one instance, a man was pushed onto the subwaytracks only for everyone to whip out their gadgets and take picturesrather than help him. This means that the bystander was justobserving and watching instead of helping the victim. From thisexample, I have to say the technology makes the society become lessconnective.
Inmy personal experience, I have seen the decrease in theinterconnectedness of individuals as a result of technologicaladvancement. Having worked in a restaurant, I have seen instanceswhere four people hold a party or have lunch together. Once they arethrough with placing an order for their dishes, they would just playthe mobile phones rather than talked to each other. Some guys wouldjust play some boring games rather than talk to the people who werenear them. This is a clear demonstration that technology makes peoplecommunicate less with each other.
Aswe can see, technology makes people “far feel near, near feelfar”(Friedman, 2006). Technology shorten people’s distance, andmakes us convenient to talk to each other. However, it also makes theshort distance become far away each other. In the beginning, phonesjust the device make people more convenient to communicate withothers. It is not the device make people’s life loss the realcommunication. Technology makes our world closer, but it also makespeople lose communicate, and make the society become apart. We cantry to put down our phones and leave our phones one day. Try to talkour friends face to face. We can find the phone is not necessary inour life.
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