Julie Auclair

It’s crazy how the world changed in such a short amount of time. If you think about it, just a few decencies ago, cell phones came straight out of science fiction. Now, you can do pretty much... read more It’s crazy how the world changed in such a short amount of time. If you think about it, just a few decencies ago, cell phones came straight out of science fiction. Now, you can do pretty much everything with it, you can take pictures and videos, use it as a gps, it’s like a small computer, also 3D televisions are coming on the market, etc. Technologies evolved so fast that it can be a little overwhelming; it’s hard to keep up with it sometimes. Are all these fast advancements a good thing for our society or is it oppositely going to be harmful? At first sight, we might see those technologies as improvements to make our lives easier, more pleasant and a way to be more effective. But if you take a closer look, you can see that it has more negative repercussions than it seems. I’m talking about people who loose their jobs because they’re replaced by machinery and computers; which is bad for the economy. Also, by using technology to do every chore for us, it may lead our society to become lazy and loose motivation to do things by ourselves. Technology has also become our first source of entertainment, which is probably not such a good thing either. Instead of going outside and practice sports, people would rather just stay inside to watch TV, play video games and surf on the internet, a fact that is obviously directly related to obesity, that problem who tends to appear at a younger age year after year. An other problem related to the phenomenon of technology taking such an enormous place in our society is that it's affecting our personal relationships. Even when people are spending time together in real life, they're often talking to someone else via text messaging instead of enjoying the moment. People can barely live without their cell phones. Finally, technology has its advantages and disadvantages. The problem is that we should make the best of it but we're doing the complete opposite. Most of the time we use it to protect our territory in case there's a war when we should use all this knowledge to save the environment by finding ways to replace by example petrol and other pollutants or fight poverty and health issues in underdeveloped countries. Sure some things are done, but it's far away from enough. Let's hope that in a close future, things will change and we can really use technology in a good way.

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