Have we as humans become too dependent on technology? There is much debate about this, although even many hardcore technology users will say that they are too dependent. However, they also continue moving forward because it’s pretty difficult to move backward. At some point in their lives, people do rely less on the newer technologies and stick with what they are used to, but that doesn’t stop technology from moving forward with each of the next generations. When asking yourself whether people are too dependent on technology, ask yourself whether or not you think it’s just going to get worse.
It would seem the answer to both of those questions would be yes of course. You hear what seems like fiction stories years ago about technology taking over and now you have drones flying around doing airstrikes and spying on people. You have people with their noses in their smartphones or tablets throughout the entire day. If they’re not doing that, they are watching television or using a computer. One of these days, it could be that people rely on technology so much that they barely experience the outside world. That would be very sad. It’s already sad enough if you ask me.
I have tried to tone down my use of technology, not using social media so much and not owning a cellphone. Yes, that’s right, I am one of those people. I decided not to use a cellphone and instead use my landline phone. However, I’ve found it difficult to stay offline because my job is online. I appreciate my job 100 percent, and the publishing and professional writing industries have both gone online for the most part. It’s part of what happens when technology keeps moving forward.
My view on not using a cellphone and toning down technology is my affinity for the 80’s and 90’s when I was growing up. It was so much better back then, and of course, people always say that about their younger years as they get older. Part of it is just what they experienced and wanting to relive the memories and appreciate that time in history. Part of it is also the fact that people get older and realize more about where the world is heading with all this technology and convenience.
When I talk about this with people, I usually reference the movie The Matrix. Now, when this movie first came out, everyone said whoa, wouldn’t it be crazy if we actually lived like that. However, it would be hard to have related it too much because it seemed like the far away future. It doesn’t seem like it’s too far away in the future now, that’s for sure. Search engines are smarter than ever, and everywhere you go you’re on camera. It makes the people worried about the government spying on them seem a little more legitimate and not just like conspiracy theorists.
Of course, it’s not just whether or not we are too dependent on technology and what that means. It’s also about what it means if somehow one day all the technology wasn’t working properly. There are certainly different systems out there, but what if one of the major system networks or more than one suddenly went down? If there were too many glitches in technology, some people might not even know how to get connected. Have you seen any payphones around lately? Sure, there are home phones, but whether you have one or not, we’re talking about possible mass hysteria, market issues and much more if some kind of universal technology glitched out for the day.
If you think about in depth how the world works, technology issues, especially in the future, could mean many things. It could even mean life or death. If you don’t believe me, I have a great example. You know that they are developing cars that drive themselves. When these vehicles become mainstream, what would happen if there was some type of software malfunction? Sure, the companies will have precautions put in place and safety procedures will be followed. However, there are always going to be those situations where things don’t work right.
It could be disastrous if these self-driving cars suddenly cause many major accidents simultaneously because of some error. All of this might seem far fetched to you, and it could be that this specific example is out there. After all, no one seems to be able to guess the way technology is going to go for the most part. Some things people guess end up ringing true, but it’s always in a different way than what they think. If you believe that we’re too dependent upon technology as a society, are you doing anything about it, or are you like the rest of us, just going with the flow?