A World Without Technology
January 31, 2018
In the world society lives in today, everyone highly depends on all things technology. Almost every individual walks around with mini computers in their pockets called phones. However, phones are almost never used for the main purpose that they were intentionally to have: calling. Instead, the majority of the population walks around with their eyes down, not paying attention to what is around them, staring into a different world. Then there are TVs, computers, video games, and even interactive watches. Becoming reliant on technology has not allowed this generation to function properly without it. So reliant that almost nobody could ever imagine regressing back, to only a few years ago, without all the technological progress that was made. However, what if tomorrow all the technology was, somehow, swiped off the face of the earth?
Senior Luke Dietrich explained, “We would be lost for a few years, and it would be chaos. As time went on, we would learn to live without it and find peace and happiness in more simple things.” Adapting is something we do very well as humans. It might not be easy for all of us, but we all do it. A major change, like ending all technology, would definitely be hard, confusing, and odd, but maybe it could be for the better.“Eventually society would adapt to it,” Cameron Carroll agreed.
This change would leave a greater effect rather than just the initial absence shock. There would certainly be a lack of real, authentic communication. Senior Cameron Briggs constantly recalls his parents telling him how much easier communication is today than it was back when they were younger, which he can understand. “Communicating seemed more genuine and meaningful, but harder at the same time,” he said. Simple gestures have been lost through the years. Less doors are held for dates, standing and shaking the hands of professionals is rare, and getting out of cars to greet someone at their door is unseen. All this could or could not be to blame for the increase of technology and decrease of daily face-to-face conversation.
“We are too connected to one another for our own good, and I think it’s weird that we live our lives and interact with people behind a phone screen,” Dietrich commented. This may or may not be just a phase in this generation, nobody knows yet, but it is obvious that younger ages are getting more involved in the world of electronics.
As the younger generations become more involved and knowledgeable about technology, some may wonder what is in store for the future of technology advancements. “The next technology is most likely going to be virtual reality and augmented reality. With AR and VR, it will be a huge part in the gaming world and for professional presentations of different ideas,” Carroll predicted. However, Briggs thinks that technology will expand transportationally and medically. “It will move to planes, cars, and medicine because there’s only so much that can be done with improving what you can hold in your hand – your phone,” said Briggs.
No matter where or how far technology will take this generation, it is important not to lose the emotions and experiences that are standing right there. Watching a screen will only take someone so far, distract them for so long, and bring so much happiness. At the same time, it is important to advance for practices that will directly benefit the people, such as science and medicine but knowing a balance between real life and electronics will create a more present and enjoyable way of living.