Short Essay on The Effects of Technology on Families

Short Essay on The Effects of Technology on Families

Technology today is changing the way we do everything. The way we communicate, travel, market, import and export, everything. The past 20 years have seen an explosion of technological advancement unlike anything since the renaissance. People can talk to anyone, anywhere in the blink of an eye. We can cross over oceans in minutes. Technology even allows us to live completely isolated. Weaponry has advanced making war a whole new thing. Ideas can be transferred instantaneously making life incredibly easy and allowing people total comfort at home. The internet itself created millions of business opportunities and jobs, changing the economy drastically, but, what has technology done to families?

Our children are growing at an exponential rate. Math in school is much more complicated. Our economy is expanding, creating more areas of learning therefore, creating a higher educational demand on children. They are learning much more information on more topics at younger and younger ages. Media is creating ways for children to accomplish this learning expansion but, experts warn of dangers. Ellen Warlella, PhD, dean of the College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin says “There’s been a growing concern that in spite all of the hype, we may not have an adequate research base from which to assess what we know about the developmental consequences of children’s use of interactive technology, meaning we’re not sure if we are introducing too much to fast without enough research.” Other experts press the idea that technology is neither good nor bad but, powerful and should be used and treated as such (Sherry Turke, PhD. Of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Technology also affects adults. It’s so easy to do so much. Huge numbers of people who regret not getting a degree are jumping at the chance to do so from the comfort of home. They don’t lose work time or family time. Couples who couldn’t have children can now do so. Technology has a huge effect on parenting. Just through communication parents can learn so much to do with their children. It’s easier to develop common ground.
But, what are the effects of technology on family life? We live in a fast paced world. People are losing touch with their humanity. Scientist believes that a family dinner is a basis for adolescent social behavior. Gary Small M.D. states “The other day I actually heard myself yelling to my teenage son “Stop playing that darn video game and come watch T.V with me!!” Our new technology allows us to do remarkable things—the potential negative impact of new technology on the brain depends on its content, context, and duration. -- I think what many define as our humanity is being lost or at least compromised as families become more fractured.” The NY Times published an article about a man “addicted” to technology. Kord Campbell has two monitors constantly streaming information. His wife states”—He can no longer be fully in the moment.” Mr. Campbell struggles with the effect of the deluge of data.

Scientist believes that the rush of information is causing people to lose focus, suffer from stress, and it’s said this “fractures their empathy” meaning technology is desensitizing us. I personally feel that technology should be used with caution. We have a chance as families to make technology an excellent tool but, we can also fall prey to a broken society where people depend on technology more than other people.

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