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In Sherry Turkle’s “Connectivity and Its Discontents” there’s an argument that technology is a useful approach in certain situations, but we must set a line on how much our smartphones, laptop, etc. are used. The progress of technology has allowed families to contact each other from a distance and has proven to be favorable in a modern society but has taken over our social interactions. Technology has advanced our society in various ways but has set drawbacks that we have become entirely blind to. I agree that society has grown to confide in technology, yet people have forgotten that its over usage is associated with disconnections to reality, repercussions on our psychological and physical health, and hindrance to the developing stages of children.
People have lost value of personal relationships and social interactions; we have entirely disconnected ourselves to reality. We have adapted to an environment where our lives gravitate towards our phone or laptop screens and it has been hard to detach ourselves from technology that we have a perception that we are still connected to society. According to South University, cell phones have impaired our social skills because we are so intrigued by the things we view on our phones. We no longer practice our social skills development; too much technology can impair how people express their emotions and show their empathy; our leadership and conflict resolution skills are also impacted with the excessive amount of time we spend interacting with technology. Secondly, we have become alert to the interruptions our cell phones make that it has become hard to stay concentrated on physical tasks. Our attention and focus are impaired the more we use technology, we lose focus because our entire attention is now put on the small devices that fit in the palm of our hands. People have had trouble initiating conversations because our experiences with interactions are being lost with the rise of digital communication. According to Professor Gloria Mark of the Department of Informatics, American workers switch their attention every three minutes on average, the time spent of one screen before switching it is now an average on 59.5 second in the year 2014. Every day we are losing focus and attention; technology has become detrimental to our professional lives. Most businesses now rely on technology and I feel as though it will soon harm people’s ability to attain knowledge. And because of the increase technology has on our society, people have lost their sense of reality; we are focused primarily on technology’s creation of an unnatural environment. Humanity devalues social interactions and we have begun to use cell phone conversations, messaging, and emailing as our central means of communication in any circumstance. However, people have yet to understand the unfortunate effects this can have in our personal and professional lives.
Technology is associated with physical and psychological effects; technology messes with one’s mental health and it has never been a problem people have been concerned with. Reoccurring health problems include fatigue, anxiety, depression, and headaches for heavy computer users. Additionally, the internet can harm your eyes and cause vision problems, color blindness, etc. Personally, I agree that technology has permanently damaged my eyesight and my posture. Although I have not suffered from severe headaches or depression, it may be a possible in the near future. Technology has helped me in various ways, but it has hurt the way I study, do homework, and communicate with people. Young adults can be a risk factor the more technology becomes our reality; the more technology advances, the more our health is at risk. According to researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, excessive use of technology breaks down ties between parts of our brain that make it difficult to process information, this can affect the way adults and children learn. For example, when I realized that the internet had all the answers, I began to rely on the internet to do the work for me. This idea is critical because it affects the complete development of our knowledge. Not only did I begin to depend on technology, but I also began to suffer from health problems. I began to gain weight because I preferred being on social media than taking a walk outside, I chose staying up all night rather than getting a full night of sleep. It is evident that technology has pushed forward our society, but we have become blind to the risk technology has had on our physical and mental health. Our well-being is at risk the more we expose ourselves to a screen, not only does technology tie in with depression and sleep deprivation but it has proven that our stress levels increase due to the exposure of technology. Society has disregarded the problems created by technology and no one seems to be doing anything about it.
A child’s brain development is damaged when technology becomes part of their lifestyle. Research proves that a child’s “sensory, motor, and attachment systems” have yet to evolve because of technology; it is proven that there is a rapid increase in behavioral and psychological disorders among children. In addition, there has been an inflation of child obesity, diabetes, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and learning difficulties because of technological overuse. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should spend an average of one to two hours on technology per day; however, the average child spends up to seven hours on the internet or playing video games. Not only does childhood obesity grow with the overuse of technology but there are many additional unhealthy habits that come along with it. In the past, children were encouraged to play outside and interact with children; today, children are opposed to these ideas and favor social media and the internet. Exercise has also been challenged now that we have grown into a modern society; children no longer are seen exercising and for that reason a growth in obesity has risen. In addition, sleeping disorders have increased due to our technological world. According to specialists in Great Britain, over 3000 children are suffering from sleepwalking and insomnia caused by technology. Children are losing more sleep the more technology is involved in their daily lives, we have become accustom to use technology like it is a vital part of life. In today’s society, it is typical that technology is exposed to children at an early age. However, the most important period of brain development is one’s early childhood and children using technology increases their chances of developmental disabilities. Soon our life will primarily depend on the devices we carry, and we will become careless to the people and the world around us.
In conclusion, technology has modernized our society but has created different repercussions. Technology has impaired our ability to socialize with people, we have become vulnerable to social interactions because we prefer to call or text people rather than have face-to-face communication. Also, technology corresponds to mental and physical health problems. We are completely attached to our phones that we have become blind to the importance physical and mental well-being is to us. Finally, technology has affected the development of a child’s mental growth. Children have become accustom to our technological, modern world that it has become harder to prevent the risk of developmental and social disabilities. We risk pushing our society backwards due to the rise of technology; although society has immensely improved in numerous ways, we seem to ignore all the backlash that follows. Society appreciates the benefits technology has brought to us, but we also need to understand that sometimes “enough is enough.”

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