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Who controls who?
Technology. Everyone in their lifespan has used some sort of technological device in some sort or another. Many people say technology is a good thing, advancing our knowledge on many subjects and granting us the use of tools and the web. Others in this argument say it "controls" their life; they say they are unable to function without technology. The big question is: Who controls who? Do we control technology, or does technology control us?
In my opinion, I think we control technology. We are the people who invent and test it every day. We know everything about technology, right down to the microchip and the circuit board. Technology can be very addicting for some teens and adults, but it is up to the person to be responsible with it so it does not consume their lives. Everything in moderation is fine. Take a smart phone as an example. When you see all these people who say they can’t live without their smart phone, it isn’t "controlling" them. They make it their priority to use it a lot. In an average adult’s case, they lived more than 25 years without a smart phone. How did they survive all those years without technology?
Most issues people report include technology impacting our lives, time, and resources. All these things can be contributed to the improper use of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media. If we spend all our time on something like social media, it can have the same effect as other new inventions in our society. Examples of other things people say control their live include television, the phone, spending too much time at the bar, etc. Anything can be too controlling if we simply let it happen.
Article posted September 23, 2010 at 10:39 AM •
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