Is Society Too Dependent On Computers?
Computers are now the root of the lives of the current generation. Have we become too dependent on computers? Yes, we have. Today, millions of people all over the world find valuable information about humanity through the World Wide Web called the internet. There are so many reasons for why we would be too absorbed in the functions of computers. Computers are harmful to society because it causes us to isolate ourselves, sit around on video games 24/7, affects development of children, and causes depression.
Computers make you isolate yourself. This means having less social contact with people daily. You’re no longer doing that, which brings isolation. You isolate yourself by walking around in the world listening to your ipods, mp3s, or staring at the latest mobile device when you’re around other people. Computers also make us lose our social skills. We lose the ability to read body language and social cues in other people. People are spending more time on video games, watching videos on youtube, and talking to friends online. They are spending less time being active, exercising, and eating healthy which causes obesity. “A widely-reported 2006 study argued that since 1985 Americans have become more socially isolated, the size of their discussion networks has declined, and the diversity of those people with whom they discuss important matters has decreased” (Hampton et al. para.1). The author is saying that Americans have become more isolated by computers since 1985.
Computers can affect development of children. This appears to have the same negative effects as spending too much time watching television. The use of computer technology makes a difference in the lives of many children. It went from helping out with school work to causing depression to encouraging violent behavior. Letting children use this technology unsupervised can have a negative impact on their psychological health. The internet gives people MUDS (multi-user domains) which is where strangers can get in contact and interact with each other. Zooskie and chat room are examples of MUDS. Children with unrestricted access to the internet may inadvertently stumble onto these sites. Access to a sexual website at a young age can have a big impact on your child’s psychological health. “As video games increase in popularity, there is a risk of children being exposed to extreme violence. Some studies have linked violent video games with children being desensitized to violence, as well as increased hostility and aggression” (“Social Issues: The Effects of Computers on Children” para. 3). The article is trying to explain that being on the internet can cause your child to be violent and can cause your child to be violent and act aggressively towards others which can lead to negative and unhealthy relationships.This can and will affect their psychological health.
Computers can cause depression in your life. It is said that lack of emotional support means that people turn to the internet to fill this need. People who spend too much time on the computer are most likely suffering from the systems of depression. There is a small percentage of the population who find it hard to control how much time they spend on the computer. A study has revealed that if you’re working in front of a computer for just five hours a day, then you’re at risk. You run the risk of mental illness such as depression and insomnia. “The study conducted on 25,000 people found that those working for hours in front of the computer complained of feeling depressed, anxious and reluctant to get up for work in the mornings.” ( “Too Much Computer Work Causes Insomnia, Depression” 2). The author is trying to explain to you that if you sit on a computer for too long, it can cause you to become depressed in addition to other health concerns. It’s not healthy for you to sit in front of a computer for hours all day.
The other side might argue that computers can help you with many things in life. For example, if you work, you can look up all your information online and do your work online and get answers online. The internet made it possible for you to talk and hang out with friends without having to meet them in real life. The program like Oovoo is great for the purpose. It is also made to keep in touch and share information with your friends and family in another city or state. “‘Yes.’ Computers are very, very good at storing and displaying information of all types, good at providing a way to send and receive data, and, as we all know, good at crunching numbers”(“What Are Computers Really Good At? 3 ). However, it is also bad because someone you are not familiar with can contact you and stalk you. Computers can also make you lose that data you received and sent to others. They can also send something private of yours to someone who doesn’t need to see it. Computers can lead you to do things you wish you had not done.
Can we really depend on computers? Computers put us in situations that we can’t get out of . getting into fights for something you didn’t do or didn’t mean to do for example. In the real world, computers will make us the way we are. They damage your brain to the point where you don’t know what to do. It makes your kids grow up the way you didn’t want them to. It affects your child’s health and makes them obese because they can’t get their eyes off the screen. Computers make you lack social contact with others. Don’t be too dependent on computers because one day, there will be no such thing as internet anymore. They might just take over us and control us as they’re doing now. So while you’re on the computer, think of that and ask yourself, do I want to be controlled by a computer?
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