Too much technology? Is it good?

Did you ever wish you could have the technology now when you were a kid? As we already know, technology plays a huge role in our lives. Whether it be a car or a smartphone, technology impacts us so much to the point where we do not even realize it. One board and simple argument is that technology is too much technology is bad for us. In a Huffington post by Steven Nelson, head of the Calhoun school, he addresses an article that was published on New York Times about handwriting. Nelson argues against the NYT article, which says that handwriting in this day and age is irrelevant because most of us have computers and typing is an error-free and faster alternative. While most people think that technology in education is a huge step forward, Nelson thinks differently, “technology is more a cause of what ails education than a cure for it.” He acknowledges the positives done by technology, but also notes that there are more negatives than positives. Nelson specifically talks about handwriting and how abandoning it will result in a loss of cognitive abilities and affect the development of  a child’s behavior.

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Technology can also affect how children think at a young age. Nelson says, “Children should be building towers with blocks, not playing Minecraft. They should be singing and playing real acoustic instruments, not downloading from iTunes.” I agree with Nelson, children should not be able to access technology that readily. When you are young, your brain is like a sponge and soaks up information. If a child were to spend most of their life inside the “digital world” then when they grow older, they might not develop any imagination or be able to think outside of the box. Not saying that technology is bad, in fact it makes our lives easier, but we should understand the negative potential outcomes of too much technology and learn to stop it. Such as minimizing the amount of time we spend on our computers and phones.

Another side of the argument is that the only reason why all these articles are being written about technology and how bad it is for us is because the media often blows it out of proportion and “makes everybody fear the inevitable…” Here inevitable means to completely shut technology out of our lives because it ruins our friendships, our social life, and our childrens. In this article, Eva Wiseman talks about how “switching off” technology is the root of all problems. She argues that the more time we spend differentiating between the online and real world, the worse the problems become. Wiseman makes a good point by saying that real life isn’t just when you are having a moment with someone, it is also when you are on the internet, posting pictures and tweeting about random things.

Both Nelson and Wiseman use similar strategies in writing to get the readers to side with them, and it is pathos. Nelson uses children as his, and when most parents read something regarding their child, they would take action to prevent that from happening. Wiseman engages her readers by bringing out the touchy subjects such as relationships and social life being ruined by technology.  As we can see here, the main strategy that these two writers uses targets the reader’s emotions and make them act according those emotions instead of logic. 

 

DeLoatch, Pamela. “The Four Negative Sides of Technology.” The Four Negative Sides of Technology. N.p., 2 May 2015. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.

Nelson, Steve. “Too Much Technology Is Bad for the Brain.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 6 Sept. 2014. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.

Wiseman, Eva. “Is Technology Bad for Us? | Eva Wiseman.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 13 Oct. 2013. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.

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