By Jordan Watts
When was the last time you researched the answer to a question you did not know? And I don’t mean pulled out your laptop or did a quick search on your phone for the solution, I mean opened up a book and read until you found what you were looking for. Dependency on technology is becoming a rapidly growing issue in our society, as most people would answer my first question with a shrug of the shoulders, or a statement along the lines of “I couldn’t tell you.”
Studies show that 77% of people firmly believe that our world relies too much on technology to succeed (STATSCAN, 2016). To complete a simple assignment, some sort of technological resource is required. To complete simple tasks at work, to carry on a conversation, to maintain and even create relationships. Technology is all around us, and our reliance on it is alarming.
Technological dependency takes away from human relations. As social networking diminishes face-to-face contact, alienation increases, which raises issues including cyber-bullying and online “stalking,” creating very dangerous situations for even the most harmless and innocent of individuals.
In the workplace, computers and programs are replacing actual jobs, making many people’s roles in the work force obsolete.
Think your personal information is private? Think again. Privacy issues have risen immensely as it becomes increasingly difficult for individuals to keep their information private. Things like a telephone number, address, income, even where you went for dinner, are all free knowledge to whoever wants it. While the fact that you ate pizza for supper may not be important info, that may not be so for things like companies' financial accounts, political plans, nuclear blueprints... The list goes on and on.
When a simple cyber attack could knockout airports, banks, hospitals, security systems, it is hard to feel safe, even in your own home.
Technology is all around us, and our reliance on it is alarming.