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Technology: Is It Truly Advantageous?

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Technology: Is It Truly Advantageous?

How many text messages do you send a month? In New Jersey a girl named Rachel has sent over 36,000 text messages in one month. Over the last decade technology such as: cell phones, television, and even the Internet has become a big influence in today’s culture. Technology has become so big that it is even an addiction. Some people even believe that it is effecting how we interact with one another. I personally believe that technology has damaged

A reason for this belief can be found in the article “Is the Internet Affecting the Social Skills of Our Children?” by Bob Affonso. Affonso researched a study done by the American Psychological Association in which 169 people were studied on to see the effects that the Internet had on their lives. “They… reported spending less time talking with their families, experiencing daily stress, and feeling more lonely and depressed” while participating in this experiment (Affonso 1). Another article entitled “Negative Effects on Society” written by Krystle Song states that the “interaction between individuals is slowly diminishing as people turn to their technological devices instead of attempting to make a new acquaintance or simply experience the ‘natural’ sights and sounds around them” (1). Another study which can be found in “The Impact of Internet Use On Sociability: Time- Diary Findings” written by Norman H. Nie and Sunshine Hillygus shows that in average minutes per day Non- Internet users spend 102.4 more minutes a day than Internet users spent with their family and thirty-four point three more minutes spent with friends (1). This is just some of the evidence that show that Technology is hurting our social skills.
Overall there is not just one side to this argument. Some people believe that technology is actually beneficial to our society and that it is not taking over our lives. Kelly Doyle-Mace sides with this side of the argument in which she believes that technology is...


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