Is Society Too Dependent on Computers?

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The computer has been one of man’s most influential inventions, paving the way for greater achievements with time. Today, they have become an essential component in fulfilling everyday tasks in both our professional and personal lives. Computers are used to store vast amounts of information, and even replace humans in factories throughout the world. We must now ask ourselves, is this reliance on computers aiding the human mind in achieving its full potential or rather replacing it and hindering our progress? Society is now too dependent on computers. Technology is frequently shifting, and it is altering us in the process. Society is slowly coping with the rapid changes which come with technology. Society cannot continue to remain ignorant of the negative consequences of computers or soon technology will ultimately obliterate us. Despite the many benefits of computers, there are also a number of arguments against them which I strongly believe should be fully assessed. Today our youth ranging from ages seven to eighteen are indirectly suffering as a result of technology. Gone are the days of outdoor sports and physical group activities. Children are now using some form of technology every hour of their lives and are isolated from the world. Isolation and addiction occurs when children spend hours on the computer and internet, away from their family and peers. “They will often lose all track of time and will stay up all night to be at the computer with little or no sleep.” (Carter, Jerome). Isolation blocks out the development of other activities and essential skills in maturing children for the world ahead. The youth of today now have a false sense of reality where “friends” are now individuals who they meet on Social Networking... ... middle of paper ... ... us. With new types of computers on the horizon the exposure and availability is greatly increasing therefore we must take heed of this and control our usage. Works Cited Carter, Jerome "Computer Addiction Symptoms." Computer Addiction Symptoms. EzineArticles 2007. Web. 16 Feb. 2010 Dornhege, Guido.Toward Brain-Computer Interfacing. New York: The MIT Press, 2007. Print. Givens, Joshua “The Increasing Human Dependence on Computers" The Increasing Human Dependence on Computers. Associatedcontent. 2008 Web. 16 Feb. 2010 Kogan, Barbara. “How Computers Affect Your Child's Health” Vibrant Life, Findarticles 2001.Web. 15 Feb. 2010
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