While sitting at the office, on a fairly dead call volume day, (days on the service desk can be rather unpredictable, and one never knows what might happen at a given time), I began reflecting on a conversation that seems to be had nearly all the time now, and with technology becoming more and more integrated into our daily lives, the debate has seemingly reached a tipping point. It’s clear that there are two sides to it; either those who are on the side of integration, and those who are on the side of the old ways (mostly the previous generation, and my arguments with them is a whole other topic for a whole other day).


Tech In Our Current Environment


The ever-burning question; does technology help or harm the human existence? Well, depends on who you talk to. I’, of course, am of the opinion, that it helps the human existence, when used properly. We all know what happens when things are abused, which can happen anywhere. I think it might help if I illustrate my point with some examples. Here is how I use technology.


Technological Affects of COVID-19


Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have increased my usage of computers and smartphones by a significant margin. Mostly, though, it’s because I’ve been communicating with my friends more, and my family equally. I live in an apartment below my parents, so, communication with them is primarily in person (how they prefer it), while during the first four months of Massachusetts lockdown, all myself and my friends had was Zoom/Microsoft teams. (that’s excluding traditional phone calls, which is rare for us, anyway.) Having technology available in this manner prompted me to seriously begin thinking about it in a different way; we hear so much about cyberbullying, cyberstocking, and other crimes like that. What we don’t hear about, are the people who think of themselves as modern cyborgs, in other words, using technology as an extension of our own personalities; if you act one way while standing in a room full of people, then you do your best to act similarly while on a zoom call full of people, as well. Use tech as a mouthpiece, and don’t think of it as a world unto itself, as so many often do, and I believe that’s a large part of the reason why people act differently online than they do off, because to them, they can hide. Well, hate to break it to you, but you can’t. If you behave differently from behind a keyboard, then eventually, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow or next month, but one day, you will surely be discovered as a liar, and no one likes that.


Why The Tech-Centric World Should Be An Asset To Millennials


Technology in all its various forms offers so much more than other methods ever did; of course, there is always the risk of cyberattacks, but that’s the bane of the existence of the generations before us; they see it as a risk, whereas we simply see it as a part of daily life that didn’t exist in the days of old. generations before us will tell us that we have not a social life, that we live unhealthy lifestyles (though health is subjective; not easy when going outside has become secondary to the lives of nearly everyone I talk to, at least for activities, that is), and all sorts of things, and that is more than likely because they aren’t used to the changes, so they would rather reject them instead of embrace them, which will hurt those who remain in the long run, if you ask me. Eventually, everything will be computerized, and those who don’t have at least some sort of a basic understanding will find life impossible to live. For instance, I see the day where paying bills on paper will no longer be optional, and the only choice will be online bill pay. That’s why it’s of paramount importance that those who are able, train the older generations on as much of the new world as they can handle, and get them to shift their mindsets. For instance, some families will count their kid’s reading time (reading is done through the computer instead of through print/braille), as screen time. My opinion? Not fair to either the kid or the parent. As tech changes, so do the learning methods of those born into it. Reading books electronically will soon become the preferred, not the secondary, method of gathering information for kids today. Remember this: too much of anything is unhealthy, but don’t downplay anything. Focus on the activity, not the method through which the activity is performed. Parents, if you’re going to criticize the kids for reading too much, tell them they’re reading too much, not that they’re spending too much time on the computer. I could provide a ton more examples, but I think I’ll let everyone off my soapbox for now, and will come back with a part II if one is warranted. Have a good and enlightened rest of the day if you get caught reading this.



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