Negative Effects of Modern Day Technology
Where have all the humans gone? To their screens of course, where they always go these days. The digital crowd has a way of incorporating technology into everything, to the point where a family can’t sit in a room together for a half an hour without somebody, or everybody, peeling off to their electronics. The long term affects of growing up saturated in technology is slowly being discovered and the findings are not positive. People are becoming amerced in an unrealistic world. As a nation we need to realize the issues that are linked with the involvement of technology.
Not having to use our mental abilities is the biggest drawback of technology. It only appears that individuals are becoming smarter because of technology. Truth is the machines are doing the work for us. A book focuses our attention, isolates us from the myriad distractions that fill our everyday lives. A networked computer does precisely the opposite. It is designed to scatter our attention, knowing that the depth of our thought is tied directly to the intensity of our attentiveness. It’s hard not to conclude that as we adapt to the intellectual environment of the Net our thinking becomes shallower. (Gopnik) It’s a catastrophe," said Alan Eaton, a charismatic Latin teacher. He says that technology has led to a "balkanization of their focus and duration of stamina," and that schools make the problem worse when they adopt the technology. (Wollen) "When rock ’n’ roll came about, we didn’t start using it in classrooms like we’re doing with technology," he says. He personally feels the sting, since his advanced classes have one-third as many students as they had a decade ago. (Wollen)
At the University of California, San Francisco, scientists have found that when rats have a new experience, like exploring an unfamiliar area, their brains show new patterns of activity. But only when the rats take a break from their exploration do they process those patterns in a way that seems to create a persistent memory. In that vein, recent imaging studies of people have found that major cross sections of the brain become surprisingly active during downtime. These brain studies suggest to researchers that periods of rest are critical in allowing the brain to synthesize information, make connections between ideas and even develop the sense of self. (Wollen) People move from one activity to the next, from one device to another, never giving their brains a rest to process the information being taken in. “Downtime is to the brain what sleep is to the body,” said Dr. Rich of Harvard Medical School. “But kids are in a constant mode of stimulation.” (Wollen)
Dr. Gary Small, author of "iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind," says that constant use of the Internet, Blackberrys and video games is not only altering our lives, it's altering our brains. (Collins) Many health issues are rising due to the increase use...