Science, Technology and Us
Science is an important part of our every day lives. We wake up each morning because we hear the ringing of our alarm clocks and turn on our faucets to wash our faces with warm water. We turn on the lights in our rooms to see our clothes and get dressed and we put our breakfast in the toaster and sip coffee from our mugs. All these things we do in the short time we are rushing to get ready for work or school, are due to the advancement of science and technology.
Growing up, I was always around somewhat up to date technological appliances, as my grandfather was very keen on always having what's new and exciting at the time. That idea also followed me in my own home, where my parents had computers and pagers and cell phones (when each weighed close to a ton). I was always allowed to experiment with these fascinating things and at a young age would help with data entry on the computer. While others today are somewhat scared of going near a computer, I find that I am much more comfortable and confident.
Being able to explore was and still is today, very important to me. I was able to learn a lot because I was allowed to explore the different programs available to me on the computer. I learned how to use Word, Excel, Access, and Photoshop (just to name a few) and this knowledge helped me in the long run because I was able to get a very good job. If I had not known these skills I would not qualify for such a job.
I see parents trying to keep their children away from technology, more specifically computers, all the time because they are scared their children will stumble across harmful material or dangerous "predators". I think this is a shame, because it shows that people fear things they do not know about. This is where the idea of modernization comes in. In Jeremy Bishop's article, Enemies of Promise, he explains how science has brought this technology to us, to the people, and it is up to us do something about it.
Whether we decide to use it, or not is entirely up to us, but blaming technology and science for our societal problems is not the answer. I believe that parents should put in an extra effort to learn about the new technological advancements of the day because not only does that allow them to be better informed, but it is a great tool for parenting. So much negativity about computers and its effects on people, particularly children, causes adults to stay out of the "loop". Bishop also mentions in his article that people fear things they do not know. When the majority of people do not understand more than half the things they need to know about computers, it is difficult for them, that is when they start fearing these things that are ultimately foreign to them.
Science and technology offer a great deal to us, and it would be difficult to imagine any life, which would not be connected to science and technology in any way. Even the cars we drive are direct outcomes of science and technology....