Technology not always building a better world

In Opinion

The human race has gone from productively using available resources from the environment to corruptively home sitting, playing videogames, playing games online, shopping, aimless chatting and even working at home.

Technology itself can be benevolent, yet only to an extent.

Indeed, we are able to travel faster and farther, but our lives are in jeopardy because we are dependent on the safety of the aircrafts, ships or trains.

Technology can be bad: It’s baleful, expensive and sometimes inconvenient.

First of all, not everyone can afford the progressively improving technology.

Estimated costs for all parts of a computer can be as high as $1,500.

The reality is that not everyone comes from middle or upper-class families that can afford the most advanced technologies.

Secondly, not everyone’s profession requires the use of or knowledge of cutting-edge technology. Indeed, computers may be beneficial at certain points, but what would one do if the computer crashed? Only special expertise, which most people don’t have, could fix the problem.

When computers crash, vital documents can be lost.

A similar circumstance happened years ago, before Windows 98 came into market.

I was working on a final paper.

I was so furious that I could never trust the machine again.

A few years later, DSL came along for faster Internet connections.

This is another technological innovation that gives access to information to those who can afford it.

After all, technology isn’t that great of a time saver.

It not only created more trouble, but it also can produce unnecessary stress.

Why did we ever have to fuss with using such an advanced machine like the computer?

I truly missed those old days, before the age of the Internet.

Call me old-fashioned, but sometimes I long for a quill pen and paper.

At least a power outage would not delete my work.

 

 

Lori Luis a graduate student studying music. Reach her at: [email protected]

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