Technology as Dangerous: A Cliche or A Reality?

By Julia Islam on February 13, 2018

Ever feel anxious for a quiz? Test? Essay? Presentation? All of the above, even? You’re not alone and the answer might be found in your pocket.

According to Professor David Rosenburg from The Conversation, one in five college students suffer from anxiety. Rosenburg states that technology enhances isolation by creating a virtual life that competes with the real life. The college student engages with the virtual life by taking selfies, posting their experiences on social media, and texting their friends. Sometimes, the virtual life may seem more “real” than the real life. As a result, Rosenburg concludes that the student does not “live in the moment.”

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Yeah, that kind of argument does not convince millennials. When faced with the prospect of smartphones possibly being bad, millennials put up a million defenses. A good number of millennials said that smartphones allow them to talk to their friends without face-to-face contact. In fact, some even said that smartphones allowed them to meet their friends who live very far away. Others would defend selfies as a way to boost confidence. Many would defend sharing experiences on social media as a better way to remember. So many countless defenses. So, here’s one that will convince all millennials.

Technology will give you dementia. Wait, what? How could something so useful be so harmful? Well, have you ever gone to the kitchen and forgotten what you were supposed to do? Have you done that once? Twice? Possibly, more than you can count? Perhaps, you are forgetful-or maybe, you are increasingly forgetful due to technology.

In South Korea, teens are suffering from “digital dementia.” “Digital dementia” is a condition in which the brain is deteriorating through the overuse of digital technology. Many South Korean teens suffer from this condition because they are addicted to online gaming and smartphones.

But, teens are not the only ones; children are not exempt either. Children are increasingly exposed to smartphones before they can even talk and their early exposure may be even more problematic than we think. You see, during this time, children are going through a crucial brain development phase. During this phase, they are supposed to develop the neural connections needed to develop reasoning and memory skills. Put a smartphone in their hands and suddenly, those skills are not needed. Take away their smartphone and suddenly, they cannot remember nor reason. They would just remain, excuse the language here, “stupid.”

So, millennials, are you going to continue defending technology? Or are you going to admit that, maybe, technology can be harmful?  Making millennials admit that taking a selfie is not as revolutionary as it seems is difficult. However, many millennials need to know this because technology is correlated to their identity. Yes, taking a selfie is proof that you are a carefree millennial. But, the boomers thought that taking a cigarette was proof that they were carefree boomers.

Now, they’ve developed lung cancer.

Hi, what up, my name is Julia Islam, a poli sci major in John Jay and I write about political stuff.

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