If someone told me that I would have to be technology-free for 24 hours I would probably have asked them for a tranquilizer so I could sleep through the horrid day. From the moment my alarm clock goes off in the morning to the time I set it at night I am using some sort of technology. I couldn’t even eat lunch at school without the help of those little machines that take our meal plans. Last week I did my best and tried as hard as I could to be free from technology. Obviously, being at college made it impossible but it was a good experience nonetheless.
After my alarm goes off, it’s time to take a shower. The lights aren’t necessary so I leave them off. I come back from my shower with sopping wet hair and decide to suck it up and leave the blow dryer in the closet. It’s Monday so I only have one class, which means I have more time to torture myself. On the way to lunch my roommate and I take the stairs; I live on the 7th floor so we know this won’t last long. On my way out I contemplate whether or not the lock on our mailboxes is too technologically advanced for me to use.
Honestly, I would have to admit that my day was not all that bad. My wet hair eventually dried itself from running up and down the seven flights of stairs. There is so much that we take for granted it is unbelievable. Even if I wanted to be absolutely free from technology I couldn’t. Lights are on everywhere you go and someone always wants you to listen to the message on their cell phone from their boyfriend. There are unavoidable motion sensor lights and unavoidable automatic doors. Car trips, if driving in the car were even allowed, would be extremely boring not to mention dangerous.
Without traffic signals there would be a lot of accidents; for some reason I don’t think people would pay attention to little men in bright orange vests waving flags. I am convinced that without technology smoking and drug use would increase and people would be fat. While people would be forced to walk most places I think that they would just choose to stay closer to home. Sleeping would probably take precedence over most activities, except maybe those associated with reproduction. So basically if you think about it the world would literally be one big, fat, high, drunk family.
On Mondays I have geography and my teacher lectures with the help of PowerPoint. Since there is no way I can copy notes from just listening I once again must give in to the machine. On the way back from class my roommate and I cut through the Science building to make our trip shorter. It isn’t until I am through the second door that I realize the doors are handicapped accessible and automatic. It’s amazing the little things we take for granted. When I get back to the room, seven flights later, automatically the first thing I do is flick on the lights. I then shake my head and turn them off.
Life Is "Hard" Without Technology Essay
The world of technology has monopolized society in a way that most people depend on it. Technology has disabled the human race’s ability to be comfortable with face to face interaction, creating social awkwardness when intermingling with others. It makes it “hard” for young boys and girls to socialize with one another without immediately turning to the comforts of their cellular device. The fact that society has come to this point, inspired Sherry Turkle’s article “Digital Demands: The Challenges of Constant Connectivity” where the term “hard” continues to be used to prove that people are no longer able to finish a simple task without difficulty. The young generation has become sluggish in simple activities because technology displays an easier way in completing such tasks.
Pursuing this further, Sherry Turkle’s career focused on the interaction of social situations through the use of technology. She noticed this factor through her progressive research and realized that the only word to describe the social awkwardness between the new generations is “hard”. The term is defined as things that use to be a simple task have been turned into something that is difficult to accomplish. Turkle “sees a generation [that] constantly says I would rather text than make a call” (Turkle 373) through her studies as a professor. Many people feel that it is quicker to text instead of calling, including myself. There have been times where the thought of talking to a person, seemed like it would be excessive work. Texting seemed like the quickest task, when in reality it’s actually more work. Compared to texting where I would have to use my fingers, just calling that person would take less than 10 seconds. This explains why the use of “hard” is used constantly in the article, because this example shows how calling would be difficult for this generation.
In addition, Turkle makes another point in her article. Turkle points out the overuse of power points in a school setting. Power point is seen as a way to summarize a topic in a small presentation using bullet points, images and small videos. Most students would rather find a power point to summarize their topic than finding research through books. Also, it hinders students from using their critical thinking, because most of the answers could be found on a power point. With the use of power points, everything is seen as being concise with bullet points. There is no development in the subtopics that appear in the presentation until the teacher has to explain.
In my experience, there have been instances where my teacher would ask what the class thinks about the ideas of a certain person, and no one would answer. We would either search on google or stare into space, hoping that someone might answer the...
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