Technological Takeover in our Society

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Unless you have lived under a rock for the past 30 years, chances are that you own at least one personal computer or other electronic device. Everywhere you turn, you find an electronic device being used by someone. Technology has been so deeply integrated with our society; some even consider it "odd" to be without some kind of peronal electronic device. But computers aren't restricted to personal use; computers have also been laregly integrated into classrooms as well. So with the ever increasing use of technology, there begs the question: what is it all worth, is it even helpful or necessary? Does the use of computers within the school system effect students in a positive or a negative way?
How much, exactly, has the use of technology increased? Technological advancements have increased at an explosive rate since the early 1990's. In 1984, only 8.2 percent of American households owned a computer' class='brand-secondary'>personal computer. This has been increasing at a mind-blowing rate with 78.9 percent of households owning a personal computer in 2012 (U.S. Dept. of Commerce).
With technology advancing by leaps and bounds, it would only make sense that computers be found more prevelant in classrooms as well. According to a survey conducted in 2006, out of 84 elementary schools surveyed, only 5 of them did not use any computers; this was 8 years ago (Razo 3). Out of the schools that had at least 1 computer, 65% of the classrooms had 1-3 computers and 35% of them had 4-8 computers. In addition, 91% of the schools had highspeed internet access (Razo 6).
Since computers have become so prevalent in our homes and our schools, how much do we actually use them? According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 74.7% of people access the internet regularly from some lo...

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...an greatly improve a child's learning. So, embrace technological advancement as we move forward in an ever-advancing world.

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