During the time of our forebears, they were usually engaged by the wonders of nature. But in this age of technology, the modern people are dominated by the trends of a daily-evolving world. From the various social media platforms, to the sophisticated mobile devices of different sizes and shapes, all these have combined to create an effect on our lives.
Interestingly, at the beginning, technology tools used to be exclusive to a few mighty and powerful individuals, and only restricted to official tasks. However, enlightenment about its importance and the need to be trendy has made the people of the world, old or young, poor or rich to be involved in this jet-age.
Beyond the excitement about technological developments lies a critical question of whether the impact has actually been positive or otherwise. A recent survey revealed that about ninety percent of teenagers aged between 5 – 17 years old use computers and fifty-nine percent of them are online. Whereas, in the early 80’s, our parents could not enjoy the luxury of technology.
Today, with the benefit of internet facility many youths round the world are lazy in conducting research. In school, students prefer to go online to ‘copy and paste’ verbatim from various internet resources to prepare for their course-work. The drive to develop their intellectual abilities has been curtailed by the prominence of access to the internet.
The sense behind the use of technology is to ensure its usage shapes user’s beliefs and knowledge, polishes his reasoning and it enhances his intellect. Unfortunately, in most educational establishments, young people access the internet to steal other people’s ideas to use as theirs. In the past, basic mathematics was learned by the recommended textbook. Essay writing was learned by what the teacher taught in class and further practice at home.
Home work was marked right or wrong by the Class teacher the following day. Whereas, today’s youths find it more convenient to find answers to all questions through their electronic devices. Nowadays, calculators come to the rescue in adding, subtracting complex figures unlike when we used to battle to do so inside of our heads during Mathematic class. New and exciting technology has shifted attention of youths from technology that will aid their drive to seek knowledge, to focus on video games and social media platforms.
The influence may seem negative but the lesson about how we use technology is pertinent here. Most video games despite the clear intention to make people have fun may also be an avenue to help people gain focus; learn how to meet targets and implement tasks.
Through these fun-loving outlets, many youths have found seamless connectivity with the use of their hand, eye and brain. This light poses the question of whether technology has actually been a positive or negative influence.
Taking into consideration, for example, the ease the use of calculators has brought to school work and the ills of wasting away productive man-hours playing some worthless computers games, there is no question whether technology has affected our lives. Where the question lies is whether the impact has been positive or negative. And the answer to that is entirely at the discretion of the responder.