Technology: Advantages And Disadvantages

Technology: Advantages And Disadvantages

How Technology Shapes Our World
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Technology has started to take over the world. Everyone has a smartphone or a smart device glued to their hands at all times, an understanding of technology has now become a must in the professional field, and even school are requiring students to use ebooks and devices in order to have a “paper-free” class. Technology may seem like a huge advancement to society, but with large advancements comes equally large setbacks. Here are a few advantages and disadvantages of technology in today's world.

Advantages:

  1. Social connections: We now live in an era of social media. Everyone has a need to be connected whether it is to their friends and family or to information, and social media offers it all. With social media we have never been as connected as we are now. Everyone around us can be reached instantly with a single click.
  2. The age of Google: Everyone has been in a situation when they didn’t know an answer to a question. Before we would have to use extensive research to find an answer, now we just use google. You can find an answer for almost anything on google and the information comes almost instantly.
  3. Efficiency: The use of technology has made all of our lives incredibly efficient. Machines now build products at faster speeds, programs can help organize and maintain many different aspects of life, and even people can usually type faster than they can write. While living in a fast pace world, fast paced technology is a must.
  4. Creativity: Today, a majority of people in the U.S. have access to technology. This widespread accessibility is helping people express themselves in many different ways. Now, you don’t have to be in media in order to have your opinions heard. You can post what you are thinking on many different platforms for people to see and spread your thoughts and beliefs in very creative ways.
  5. Entertainment: Technology has given us many ways to entertain ourselves. Various websites, including Youtube, social media, and netflix, offer hours upon hours of entertainment for those boring nights.

Disadvantages:

  1. Social Connections: While some may see social media a positive take on relationships, others can see it as the exact opposite. Social media not only helps us stay connected, but also keeps us from seeing each other face-to-face. The advantage of having access to everyone at our fingertips is causing us to no longer meet each other in person. If you have a question, you can just instant message someone to find out the answer. But, not matter how convenient social media is, it will never take over the need to social interaction in real life.
  2. Paper-free classes: Although paper-free classes can be seen as an advantage to the environment, it can also be damaging to students. The use of technology in classes can sometimes be a distraction from the work at hand. While using a smart device with everything one click away (including social media), students are bound to let their minds and eyes wander to other sites, and not the assignment at hand.
  3. Malfunctions: I think everyone has heard the phrase, “technology is great, until it doesn’t work.” There is nothing more frustrating than having technology not work right when it needs to. This can cause some major problems in a world that is so dependent on technology, and can set us back a few hours, and even days.
  4. Dependency: I will be the first to admit that I am super dependent on my smartphone and even laptop. I cannot go one day without checking my notifications and seeing what is going on in the world. But, this can lead to problems. People have become so dependent on technology that they don’t try to explore life outside of a smart device and risk missing out on many amazing opportunities all around us
  5. Plagiarism: Plagiarism has become a huge problem in academics. With information at our fingertips, it is very easy to be able to copy and paste information directly from a site, which can lead to very serious consequences.
  6. False Information: With more and more people posting on the internet, the chances that the information being posted is factual becomes slimmer and slimmer. It can be very difficult for people to determine whether a source is credible or not. This can lead to false information being taken seriously, and changing perspectives of those who believe it.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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The Fake World - My Personal Experience On Instagram

Body Dysmorphia, Followers, and Posting Photos—How can Instagram NOT affect my mental health.

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The sticker on Kendall Jenner's phone says, "social media seriously harms your mental health." Despite her heavy presence online, she and many others are taking steps towards pointing out the dangers of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and other social media.

While it may seem like a source of inspiration, social media (Instagram in particular), seems to be causing people like me more negativity than anything else.

"People like me…", what does this mean? I am a 19-year-old female college student with serious body dysmorphia. By definition, body dysmorphia is "a distinct mental disorder in which a person is preoccupied with an imagined physical defect or a minor defect that others often cannot see." Those with the disorder often perceive themselves as ugly or obsess over ways to improve their physical appearance.

I grew up in the ballet world—one that emphasizes your weight and bases a large amount of success on attaining a specific body type. The ideal silhouette is long, willowy, and malnourished-looking. I have a more muscular build for a ballet dancer. Some days I see myself as a beautiful person on the inside and out, and other days I am the complete opposite.

My body dysmorphia comes and goes, but I know this: every time I open the Instagram app, I become consumed with my physical appearance and attaining the perfect body. I end up in a comparison game that I did not sign up for, obsessing over my imperfections and ultimately feeling unhappy despite all the blessings I have been given.

I initially created an Instagram to follow the trends—everyone at the time (when I was in middle school and high school in the 2010s) had an account and posted cool, artsy photos. I wanted to join in because I liked being behind the camera. Soon enough, however, Instagram started to place emphasis on being in front of the camera and now, seems to be a competition about who can look the best and show the most skin. As someone who is not always comfortable in her own skin no matter the outfit, it becomes quite the struggle to keep up with the followers, likes, comments, and appearance of being confident.

It was not until this year that I started to realize "the fake" in just about every photo on my feed. The "Instagram models," real-life models, and others post constantly because it brings fame, attention, and for some, confidence. I applaud anyone who believes Instagram is a positive in their lives, but many people that I know feel the same way I do—even without explicitly saying so. I am constantly reminding myself that people pay to have their photos edited. There are other apps like Facetune which are designed to alter the real-you into Instagram-you. I believe Instagram is wishful thinking—wishing you really look like what you post. While I take part in the comparison game, comparing every part of my body to famous models, I do not take part in the paid editing game. I do not have apps that will give me a jawline or thinner legs. I do not have an app that will change my face shape. I do not applaud myself on this, as I am more self-conscious than ever and have not posted a photo since February.

However, I am strong enough to know that the fake world on Instagram does not take into account real-life aspects like someone's charisma, personality, voice, behavior, etc. It does not guarantee you friends, likes, or happiness. It is taking a chance to put yourself out there, however you wish. It is up to you to interpret what you see and have a sense of your own self-worth.

With this being said, Instagram does come with some benefits. There are a few brave souls who are not afraid to post un-edited photos and who do bring awareness to the falseness and extreme editing. Instagram also comes with accounts not dedicated to selfies, but that serve as platforms for important causes such as human suffering, pollution of the earth, animal brutality, and the like.

Instagram is overwhelming with its positives and negatives, and it is up to me to decide what to believe and what to perceive as false. I find it helpful to take breaks from the app by logging out. Whenever I do decide to post next, I will do my best to post for ME, thinking about my own well-being and creating a positive message for all.

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