While generations of today have witnessed countless technological advances, there are also downfalls to these progressions. Technology interferes with education, attention spans, relationships, social interactions, self esteem, and even creativity. In order for technology to have more pros than cons, it is pertinent to keep a clear perspective. Monitoring how much you or your children spend time using electronics is the key to making sure that technology is not harmful.
Technology in itself is not damaging to us. In fact, many forms of technology help us in our everyday lives. Even so, practically every problem that stems from technology can also be related to overuse of electronics. For example, looking around at a restaurant, a person might find almost every young or old patron on their cell phone.This takes away from dinner conversation and can be frustrating to try to talk to someone who is playing on their cell phone. Being on your phone all the time can also cause romantic relationships to fall apart in certain cases. Another way it is harmful to social interactions is through social networking sites. While social networking has the ability to reconnect old friends, see what family and friends are up to, and stay informed, it also has a dark side. Problems with romantic or even platonic relationships can arise from something as small as who your friends are on Facebook or whom you follow on Twitter. A more likely situation is that romantic relationships could face turmoil if one person finds out that the other has been talking to someone else privately. Under certain circumstances, one partner could think that the other is cheating on them.
Social networking websites have also led to some people being fired or to not even being hired in the first place. In relation to this, a teacher was fired for posting: “After today, I am thinking the beach sounds like a wonderful idea for my 5th graders?” the teacher, Christine Rubino, wrote in 2010. “I HATE THEIR GUTS! They are all the devils spawn!”A day before she posted this offensive status a sixth grader had drowned in the Atlantic Ocean. She also added: “I wld not throw a life jacket in for a million.” concerning a specific student. (Newman, 2013, par. 2) Besides the offensive and downright inexcusable language, the problem is that everyone thinks they can post or say anything they want on the internet and not feel any repercussions. Many do not even realize that what they say is basically out there for eternity. After you post something on the internet whether it is a picture, a text post of some kind, or a video, there is no controlling where it ends up or what happens to it. (Faulkner, 2010, par. 5)
As a result, cyberbullying has become an issue at home, school, and to some’s self esteem. According to a study conducted by i-Safe Inc. in 2003 to 2004, 58 percent of students revealed that someone had said mean or hurtful things to them online. The company also reported that more...