Sunday, March 15, 2009

Technology Addiction

This past weekend, my friends and I were asked to sing at a benefit concert, and naturally we were all excited for this opportunity. The gig was downtown, and our teacher told us that we had to provide our own transportation there. Basically the farther we drove away from home, with only our sheet of directions to guide us, we began to feel more and more insecure. Somewhere along the way, we had followed the directions wrong and ended up in some random part of town. We called our teacher freaking out and he very calmly told us to start heading south on the street we were on. That sounded easy enough. The only problem? We had no idea which direction south was. 
It was then that I realized how dependent we are on technology now. The only way we would made it on time to the concert without help from our teacher would be with a GPS system. We had no sense or direction at all. After I got home, my mom told me the key to directions in Chicago that she thought everyone knew.

That the lake is to the east.

Had we know that information, we would have gotten there 40 minutes earlier. Though technology has given us many opportunities, it has taken a lot from us as well. We have been so used to holding technology's hand that it is hard for us to off on our own, and this is something that should be changed.


mackler said...

It is true we are greatly influenced by technology. Did you just call him back to get which way was south?

I agree technology has hurt a lot of what makes us human and is doing all of these bad things, but if i put a GPS in every car - will we need to know which way is south?

Mr. Clutch said...

It's very true that we are all dependent on technology to function. Most people wouldn't be able to make it through one day without their cell phones. I'm not sure how this problem could be resolved. Personally, I don't think it can be resolved and this has just become the world that we live in.

Melissa said...

I can definitely relate to having no sense of direction. Once I got my license, I was on my own driving. To be honest, I didn't know any street names, which way was south, or even how to get to my friends' houses. Naturally, for my birthday, I asked for a GPS and guess what? It doesn't even work right now. I'm on my own and without my parents in the passenger seat or my GPS telling me to turn right in 2 miles, I've been learning street names and how to get places all by myself. It just takes time and I agree that we rely way too much on technology.

Grace Kim said...

I AGREEEEE!!! Everyone now is addicted to technology. While this addiction has its pros and cons. The severity of some of the cons are pretty bad. I don't want this society to be techonolgy infested. Therea re some things that technonly should not take the place of like family time, running outside, or haning out with freinds. Technoly cna be helpful but in moderations.

shubeny said...

I agree. We are so unbelievably addicted to technology; it's really disturbing. While I think the evoloution of technology is great, there is a fine line between using it for need and obsessively using it for every single little thing, and we've definitely crossed that fine line.