Pro & Cons – Technology – Is It Really Good or Is It Really Bad?
It doesn’t matter how much or how little you actually work with technology daily, we all get in touch with it at some point, during the day. We live in a world driven by technology, whether if we like it or not.
Now, what is technology, really? A simple answer would be this – a whole branch of knowledge, techniques, and processes inserted in machines that can be operated easily.
How does it work? Well, it’s functioning with applied and pure science, plus with the conversion of resources that nature provides for us, the humans. It’s a simple tool we use to make our lives easier.
Where we make use of it? Technology interferes with our lives, our whole society, the environment, engineering, arts. It’s in everything!
Carl Sagan said that “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology”. Yeah, we use it, but we don’t really know the depths of modern science. Right?
So, these modern devices, equipment, and rules are gaining more territory in our lives. But is it really good or not? We shall see!
Technology vs Nature
The never ending debate nowadays is probably this – who’s really in charge of our lives now: Mother Nature or Technology?
Neil deGrasse Tyson once said something that is really true and I think it delivers the greatest answer to this: “Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we’re still at the mercy of nature”. So, yeah, nature is actually winning the war, but technology wins battles! Specialists believe that technology is just “a force of nature”.
So, yeah, nature is actually winning the war, but technology wins battles! Specialists believe that technology is just “a force of nature”.
Nature functions by itself, while technology needs the fundamental resources that Mother Earth actually provides us with. Yes, modern robots, computers, gadgets make our living much better and much easier, we can all agree on that.
But, even if we’ve become technological species, from time to time we always feel the need to go back to our roots. And that is having a real deep connection with nature. I’m talking about our short or long escapes from our mundane activities.
Ever since we’ve discovered fire, our lives changed forever. That, and electrical lighting and the wheel were the best inventions ever.
Well, nowadays things changed. Other great inventions took place of those in our hearts and minds – The Tv, The Internet, the PC, laptops, tablets, social media and so on. Because that’s what is really important to us now. Fire, light, and wheels are really important to us, but on a top 10, they’re at the bottom.
Embracing the use of technology and its advantages, let’s see next what it supply us with.
Tv vs The Internet:
Back in the days, Steve Jobs believed that “You go to your TV to turn your brain off. You go to the computer when you want to turn your brain on”. Which, let’s admit it, it’s true! We only watch TV when we feel the need to zone out, to relax a little. We use Tv’s as background noise while we do something else like cleaning, cooking and other house chores.
Indeed, the way we watch TV is changing from all perspectives. We’re not doing it the way our parents and grandparents used to – gathering the whole family in front of our TVs to watch a favorite show on a normal night or on the weekends.
Modern technologies (like laptops, PC, smartphones, and tablets) and the appearance of the Internet has given rise to a new phenomenon that’s called “Second-Screening”. Viewers use their devices connected to the Net to access their favorite shows on streaming mobile devices whenever they want to. So, they just don’t have to wait to watch it on TV on a specific day or hour. Not to mention, we even have smart TV that can also connect to the Internet!
Not to mention, we even have smart TV that can also connect to the Internet!
So, are people turning away from traditional TV in favor of modern gadgets? Is really the Internet really overtaking?
Well, I think it’s safe to say “Yes”. Slowly!
PC vs Laptop:
The great Pablo Picasso believed that “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers”. Well, that was in the past. Because, today, computers connected to the Internet are everything. From communicating with others to online shopping to watching interesting stuff, we can find anything.
Now, this debate PC vs Laptop, I think is based on our own preferences, really. And on what do we really need it for.
If we look at statistics, laptops surpassed PC (Desktops) in sales. Why? Because we tend to buy and use small, light and portable gadgets more.
But, if you’re willing to give up portability and small characteristics, there are many good reasons to stick with the big computer on your desk. Yes, it comes with much more upgraded benefits, with a bigger memory and faster speed. The only two big weaknesses – more money and more electricity.
On the other hand, laptops are portables, comfortables (we can use them even when we stay in bed) and they use less electricity.
Can’t really decide? We have an alternative option: just buy a desktop PC, a tablet or a wireless mouse and keyboard and that’s it. you have the power of a real big PC, but with the portability of a laptop. Win-Win.
Tablet vs Smartphone
Our whole lives are on our phone, let’s face it! Our photos, our apps, our calendars, calculator, notes and even our clock alarms. The phones aren’t a simple way to communicate with others anymore.
So, in honor of us depending on our phones, I’m just gonna give you this quote by Richard Branson – “Don’t become a slave to technology – manage your phone, don’t let it manage you”. Another way of saying – look more up to the sky, less on your phone.
– Tablets are something between smartphones and laptops. They’re best for gaming experiences, reading books and reading online stuff. Not to mention that they’re better for watching online videos, movies and tv shows, because of their larger screen size, which is a plus.
– On the other hand, a smartphone will fulfill your phone need first, because it’s the main function is communication and connectivity. You can call and text with anyone. But, nowadays you can do anything with your phone. It’s like a personal digital assistant: you can surf the net, take many awesome pictures, shoot videos, you can have live chats with friends and the best one – social media networking. Not to forget that the best apps are for smartphones. And they got the best camera for photography.
The good news is that we have an alternative option – the phablet! A gadget that is something between a smartphone and its characteristics and a tablet. Larger than a phone, smaller than a tablet.
Instagram vs Facebook vs Twitter vs Pinterest vs Tumblr vs…
When it comes to social media, we have so many options to choose from, with Facebook right on top.
We can keep busy with Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Twitter, Snapchat and many others. You can post whatever you want, from pics to short videos. They’re different, yet they have the same purpose – they help us share info about our daily activities.
What is really sad about this is that social media eats a lot of our spare time, we tend to stay more online and surf the internet than we actually speak with each other in real life.
We’ve all seen those ads from pubs, restaurants and coffee shops where they put up signs like – we don’t have a wifi connection, talk to each other.
I must agree with this Albert Einstein quote “The human spirit must prevail over technology”. We need to connect more with each other.
Technology has its pros and cons. Definitely, it’s making our life much easier, but we need to be careful. We can’t let it replace our lives and we have to be careful with technology’s main raw material – nature resources!
Bill Gates once said that “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important”.
If we look from afar, we’ll see that we’re not using technology to discover our planet, we’re using it to make everything easier for us, and we don’t care that the natural resources can finish at some point. We know that, but we do so little for a better future.
So, in order for us to have a good relationship with technology, nature has to stay in place. The biggest disadvantage is the pollution of the environment and the ecological effects. Because when we use the technology we leave a mark on every single square inch of this planet, which is our home.
It was Albert Einstein the one that said – “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots”. Are we really there now? 🙁