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Journal writing project: Technology...A way of life

By Peyton Bergey

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Denotative definition of Technology: The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes. The connotative definition of Technology: A way of life. How many times a day do you find yourself using electronics? If you really think about it, you are using technology for almost every aspect of your life. I am no exception.

Each and every day we get more and more used to doing everything through technology. For me, I know this is a fact. I don’t have a calendar or an alarm clock because there is one offered to me on my cell phone. I’m sure many of you can relate. For some these seem like regular daily tools,  but for me and many others,  it is just one rectangular piece of ceramic.

More and more people are investing in electronic items to stay connected with the world such as cell phones, computers, laptops, iPods, and iPads. All are great new inventions of technology. The sad part is, we are letting them take over our lives. If you want to send somebody a detailed message or let them know some important information, do you, A) write it on a piece of college- ruled notebook paper, buy a stamp, lick the envelope, send it in the mail and wait days/weeks for a response? B) open your phone, send a text and get a response just minutes later? I’m going to guess almost ALL of you would choose option B. Could that be because we are becoming much too lazy or that it is simply just easier with the electronics available to us? Either way some part of our daily lives is slowly getting switched out for something technical.

Picture this, a mother is trying to videotape her son’s first spelling bee, only her battery is dead. She scurries around to try and find an outlet. She finally finds one and turns her camera on only to find her memory card full. She then sits and tries to go through pictures and videos that are okay to be deleted. By the time she is done deleting and ready to record, her son has already been on stage and won the spelling bee. Instead of his mother watching her son succeed, she was too caught up in trying to film the show for the future and missing what was happening in the moment. Cameras and camcorders are great for remembering unforgettable times and looking back on memories, but sometimes we get too focused on these electronics that we forget to live in the present.

Many schools are now offering laptops as well as many computer labs for their students. This is a great way of being able to use our biggest resource that is out there today, the internet. Though the internet is a great resource, sometimes we can be too dependent on it. At my school I know that if the server is down, nine chances out of 10 we won’t be doing too much in school that day due to the majority of our classes having something to do with the internet. In five to 10 years I’m sure every class in high school will be all online, using no paper or tangible things. This is also true for many work places. So many businesses are having online meetings instead of face-to-face and using e-mails as a way of contacting one another.

Cyber Monday shopping instead of Black Friday shopping? The web has also taken over retail shopping. Instead of getting in your car, driving to the nearest mall (which for me is one hour away), and standing in line to purchase your findings, many would prefer to go on their computer, type in the store of their choice, find what they need and receive it right at their door step. Though the shipping and handling on the purchased items may be extremely outrageous, most people would rather click a simple button than have to wait in line.

To end my rant, let me leave you with this. Technology is great, and we should feel honored to live in a time period with so much technology available to us at our fingertips. With that being said, never let it take over your life, or you’ll miss out on the little things happening through your eyes, not on your screen.

Peyton Bergey is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fifteenth year.

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