Technology and Society: Are You Overwhelmed By Gadgets?

Juggling GadgetsToday, it’s hard to find a person who isn’t glued to his or her Blackberry, iPhone, iPod, or other preferred technological gadget.  One recent study found that people spend an average of 8 hours staring at a screen each day.  But what effect is being “plugged in” having on the way we live our lives, and how we interact with each other?  What is the impact of being so wired into technology?

On The Technological Citizen, we will be exploring a variety of topics related to the impact that mainstream technologies have on our daily lives. How has the internet, e-mail, cell phones, and MP3 players impacted the way we spend our time?  The way we interact with other people? How might these technologies be reshaping our attention spans, our learning styles, and the overall way we think?  Have these technologies enhanced the human experience, or diminished it? 

Tune into the blog to read reflections on living in the technological age.

3 Responses to “Technology and Society: Are You Overwhelmed By Gadgets?”

  1. MHardy says:

    This was an excellent yet very predictable article. The information does show our attachment to gadgets and obsession with staying “in the loop,” but it’s as harmless or as harmful as one may make it. Although studies may show that some people can’t function well with these adaptations, however, those that can do very well. This article reminds of the article about Birkerts and his idea of resonance and gaining depth through thorough reading which requires complete focus, good. But In some cases getting more done is more efficient. Sometimes efficiency holds greater value than quality. In the time it takes to have read my short reply to the article, many people could have checked their email, sent a paper to a teacher, and talked to distant relative over the phone.– while focusing on this one particular statement written to better understand or gain some fulfillment about the written article would just be, hate to admit it, a waste of time.

  2. ClaireCudahy says:

    Technology is numbing and addictive. So says Daniel Chandler in his article “What is Technology?” Initially, I scoffed at this notion. I don’t need my computer or cell phone. I could survive without them. As if I had challenged the Gods of Technology, within the next week, my cell phone broke and the wireless modem in my apartment stopped working. 2 painful weeks later, I admitted defeat. I needed my technology. Without my phone, I didn’t see many of my friends because I didn’t even know how to get in touch with them. I couldn’t figure out how to get directions without GoogleMaps and opted to stay home instead. I am addicted to technology. This series of events coupled with discussion of technology in my communications class began to make me a little uncomfortable. At 19, I am from a generation that relies heavily (an understatement, really) on technology. We thrive on multitasking and are always connected. We text during class. We obsessively check our Facebooks. We watch TV while we do homework. Technology has definitely affected my attention span, as embarrassing as that is to admit. I cannot write a paper without checking my Facebook several times. Sitting through class without texting is torture. Thinking of my life without the technologies I have become so accustomed to is frightening. But what is even more frightening is the realization that I cannot live without them.

  3. mconway says:

    It is fascinating to reflect on how, less that just 10 years ago, we were all able to function successfully with the absence of all these technologies. We did not grow up with the cell phone, we did not live on the Internet as we do now. At age 20, I am apart of the generation “in-between.” I grew up experiencing most of my childhood outdoors, role playing with my siblings, or simply playing boards games or reading. I admit I did play my Nintendo 64 often, but not with the same intensity children do today. I have a younger sister age 14 who has not grown up with the same experiences that I have because she has grown up glued to the screen. The latter half of my adolescence was characterized by integration into these technological advances and I do concede how they benefit to efficiency in my life. Nevertheless, I do not condone the way in which it has changed the past formalities present in human interaction. Email, text messaging, and AIM has diminished interpersonal interactions… Bosses can fire you via email or romantic relationships can be ended through a text message. Emotion is abated through these interactions and is credited to the informality these mediums of communications provides. Future generations and their continued obsessions with these modes will attribute to the death of feeling and human growth that has been relatively consistent on a global scale for the entirety of human history.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

WordPress Themes