Technology and modern life

Ganishka Bakshi (Chibber)
Our world is ever changing, from politics to the environment, it is safe to say that if our ancestors were alive, they would be seeing a very strange and different world. One aspect of society that is constantly advancing is technology. The normal means of communication and research in our present day society is evolving, we have just entered a new decade, and I feel it is time for old traditions to be broken and replaced with new and advanced ones. Technology not only moves our world forward into a new and advanced era, but it connects our world in a way people never thought possible. Without technology, we would all be stuck in the same time as our ancestors, never moving forward to see a new tomorrow. While technology does come with it’s glitches, it provides our world with so many great things, for example, unity. Technology is a very good thing for people anywhere and everywhere, no matter how old, it helps us in every aspect of our daily lives, and it is a thing that cannot be lived without.
Technology has many branches and levels, from cell phones to the internet and even for medical purposes. However, cell phones and the internet have taken the main role in changing our society. I find it truly amazing that a person from China is able to talk to a person from the United States, all through the internet. Programs such as facebook make finding an old childhood friend extremely easy, all that is to be done is type in their name. On a smaller scale, technology such as the cell phones helps people with their everyday lives. For example, if I need a fast response or send a quick reminder, I am able to send a text message to the individual I am trying to reach, it is a fast and efficient way to communicate. If I want to stay in touch with a friend from another school or city, I am able to text them or call them. If I need to research a topic for an essay, I would go online and use a search engine to pull up facts on my topic. For some, it is not even necessary to go to a library anymore, most books are online. Also, technology such as the ipod has completely replaced the need for a CD player, and installments such as itunes, makes it not even necessary to go out and buy a CD. These advances in technology are things that we as a society cannot live without.
Older generations fail to grip the importance of these new improvements in communication. Critics say that devices such as facebook and texting take away necessary skills for communicating face to face, and that it gives the individual a “false” sense of reality. However, what these critics do not understand is that their reality is not the same as our reality. We are moving into a new and more technological era. These older generations did not share the same ways as we do. What was normal communication back in the day for our grandparents is not what is normal for our generation. For example, we call and text while they wrote letters. We use the internet for research while they went to the library. For the older generations to judge and set the standards for our new society is extremely unjust because they have not experienced technology like our new generation has.
I think that these older generations and critics of technology in general need to grasp the concept that the new generation is breaking the old traditions, and that this is a good thing. Looking back in history, new inventions were made that changed the past society forever. For instance, the light bulb. What would today be like without electricity? Without this genius invention we would be stuck in the same time, never moving forward. Going back to technology, cell phones and the internet, although weak in comparison to the light bulb, share the same idea of moving forward in society. Technology is just one of the many great inventions that have shaped our society throughout history, and without it, we would never move forward.