The Benefits of Technology

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Who could live without a cell phone these days? Until two years ago, I never used cellphones. “We could figure it out before we ever used cellphones. Why do I need a cellphone now?” I would stubbornly rant. At the same time, I was often forced to admit in embarrassment “No, I just have a LAN line.” I would endure estranged glares when asking “So, should I just knock on the door when I get there?” It just wasn’t practical anymore. Defeated by popular trends, I drove to the Verizon store and grudgingly requested a smart phone with a plan. Seconds after pulling out of the parking lot I had an opportunity to use the new features. Using my fancy new data plan, I paid the cell phone ticket I just got practically before the cop sat back in his cruiser. Technology is a term which can have an intimidating effect. Indeed, with complex circuitry, esoteric engineering, and convoluted interfaces, technology seems daunting and foreign. However, this is a cliché and inappropriate attitude. Identical to a vexed old man complaining about the damned kids skateboarding on the side walk while struggling to operate a microwave. Clinging to the “old ways” and maligning new technology and culture. Admittedly, it is a tempting position to take. A stagnant paradigm is very predictable, secure, and comfortable. However, it denies human nature; also, sacrifices connectivity and autonomy to some degree. The fact of the matter is, technology has and continues to have a prolific effect on society. Inherent to human nature; the use of technology allows people to connect to one another and express autonomy more so now than ever before. Firstly, the use of technology is part of human nature. Since the dawn of humans technology has been directly involved in and ... ... middle of paper ... ...Norton & Company Inc., 2010. 270-280. Paperback. Gladwell, Malcolm. "Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted." Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, Russel Durst. They Say / I Say. New York: W. W. Norton & Company Inc., 2012. 312-327. Paperback Book. Baron, Dennis. "Reforming Egypt in 140 Characters?" Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, Russel Durst. They Say / I Say. New York: W. W. Norton & Company Inc, 2012. 329-333. Paperback Book. Vonnegut, Kurt. Technology and Me Harper's Magazine. November 1996. Document. Pranav Mistry. "SixthSense - a wearable gestural interface (MIT Media Lab)." 10 March 2010. Pranav Mistry. HTML. 30 August 2013. . Crystal, David. "2b or Not 2b?" Gerald Graff, Cathy Birenstien, Russel Durst. They Say / I Say. New York: W. W. Norton & Company Inc., 2012. 335-345. Paperback Book.

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