Technology makes us lazy!

In this land of instant gratification, technology plays a major role. We live in a society where everything is so convenient, easily accessible and suited to fit in our personal schedules.

In the book “Technology Matters: Questions to Live With,” author David E. Nye addresses the importance of technology and the impact it has on our daily lives. He writes: “Technology matters because it is inseparable from human beings.” Nye continues, “We are intimate with devices and machines from an early age as children.”

Many wouldn’t argue with that, but where do we draw the line when it comes to making “grown-up toys” so acceptable in today’s society? Everywhere you go it’s almost foreign not to be in contact with the latest machinery; if you’re walking around with a Walkman compared to an Ipod, you’re looked at as being an outcast or someone who hasn’t made the proper transition in this ever-changing, fast-paced world.

Look at cellular devices for instance. It’s become more than just a tool used for chatting; it’s become something we rely heavily upon. With most phones, users can add up to 300 contacts, browse the net, store vital information and remind themselves of important dates such as anniversaries and birthdays, all while listening to the built-in MP3 player.

Things can come to a point where it’s more than a cell phone; it can become something similar to a companion. Some people store their entire lives into a cell phone and are in a state of total turmoil when the small piece of equipment is misplaced or accidentally gets some liquid spilled over it.

We may never know how important it is to know a telephone number or two by heart (like people did in previous decades) until our battery dies and we’re stranded somewhere in unfamiliar territory.

Our entire world is slowly but surely being taken over by technology. The cliché phrase “the rich get richer while the poor get poorer” is something that the era in which we live is seeing more and more of by the day.

Big name corporations aren’t interested in hiring a mass bundle of humans to get their work done when all they have to do is make a computer do all the things that a human can do without the pay. Technology makes things more profitable for corporations, not us.

Walk into you’re local grocery store and take a glimpse at all of the jobs that have been taken away from struggling Americans like yourself. If you don’t want to stand in line all you have to do is go to the U-Scan aisle and do everything that the cashier once did without any assistance. It’s as easy as listening to the operator’s voice and touching the screen where indicated before paying for your items.

It’s hard not to agree with Nye when he says “Technology matters.” It matters because we’ve grown so accustomed to using its many advantages. Everything has pros and cons — technology isn’t exempt. No doubt it helps, but how often do we hear people speaking about how much it’s injuring our society?

The downside of technology is how it hurts us. It results in humans becoming lazy and having little to no patience because we are so accustomed to things happening in a timely fashion.

How many current writers are willing to take the old school approach by typing out manuscripts by using a typewriter? We would enhance our brains due to the amount of words that we would automatically know how to spell without any assistance.

The thought alone of working with something that didn’t have the privilege of having handy tools like spell check or word count gives me the creeps.

Less labor equals better production, which results in a dependent and lazy society. We have modern technology to thank for that.


About varrsity
Teacher, Writer, Lover of Life, Lover of Sports, and Lover of Music 2000 Featured in A Celebration of Young Poets- Michigan Edition 2001 Featured in Visions of Youth: The America Library of Poetry 2002 Placed 3rd in the Adult Division of "Keep on Keepin' On" Afrikan American Festival's Poetry Slam 2003 Placed 2nd in the Adult Division of "Keep on Keepin' On" Afrikan American Festival's Poetry Slam 2006 Poetry featured in a Philadelphia Underground newspaper Writers Block Began writing for Connect Magazine. 2007 Featured in Wayne State University 's newspaper with an article titled Technology is the New Drug.

3 Responses to Technology makes us lazy!

  1. sweetdecayedpoetry says:

    i love how u write! I agree with everything. It’s so messed up. You literally can replace people with a device. If im sitting at Denny’s with my phone, I dont have to eat with anyone, not cause i dont want to, but because I can get on fb or twitter or wherever on my phone and talk to x-amount of people if I want to. It’s crazy. You can go so deep in this topic it’s crazy

  2. Tina Patterson says:

    Finally getting some preparations done for my blog, and checking out everything you have to say. This post is interesting. I often tell myself, and my brother, that people are becoming obsolete. It is hard not to seriously think that people will be obsolete one day, and that scares me. While technology is undoubtedly useful, convenient, and beneficial, it is also (perhaps unintentionally) destroying human livelihood. Just like u said, the cashier is replaced by a machine. The internet itself is the cause of the downfall of so many industries (entertainment, real estate, travel agencies, even in store retailers). Remember when you needed to buy a gift, you would go to the store and look around, in the midst of oceans of shoppers, to buy a gift for a certain someone. Now what can you do- just buy online, don’t even have to leave your bed. I mean, what can you not do online?- How about make physical contact with another human being. The more technology increases, the more actual human interaction draws nearer to its eventual death, which I hope is not in my lifetime. So technology is making us more than just lazy, it’s making us isolated and apathetic to our fellow man and woman.

    • varrsity says:

      Tina, I can speak about this subject forever and ever. This piece was published in Wayne States newspaper back in 07. I guess they weren’t feeling me because this was the only job I was given. lol

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