Technology has been negatively affecting society from the very first technological advances through present day, and will continue to harm us for the foreseeable future.

 

Technology comes in many forms, all with the main focus of helping people perform a task they either do not want to, or can not perform on their own. While people’s intentions are good, there are many forms of technology that have grown to be revered as a sort of magical device, or a creation of a work much more impressive than man could have ever created. As stated by Jean Rostand, “Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men”. The incredible amount of power that we now hold in our pockets is often taken for granted. Technology in the past was meant to simply help society with problems, such as creating the lightbulb in place of candlelight. Nowadays, technology has strayed from simply being helpful, and has become something that we, the creators, are unable to fully explain or control. Present day technology has consumed our lives, and people have become heavily reliant on their devices to make their lives simple and easy. Examples of this can be seen everywhere, from teenagers becoming addicted to their phones, to Amazon and other websites delivering everything, including food, straight to your doorstep. Technology has made the people of our society lazy and for the most part, unable to think for themselves. It has far surpassed its original goals of shining a light on a dark room. In the future, technology will continue to creep its way into every aspect of our lives. It will even start to become a part of us, with wearable technology or implants soon being the mainstream fashion or style choice. Even today, contact lenses, watches and glasses all have technology built into them that goes beyond simple convenience and starts to lean on the side of wants rather than needs. This is a trend that will continue well into the future. Max Frisch stated this idea perfectly, “Technology: the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it”. Today and for years to come, people will certainly continue to use technology as a means of interaction without ever having to leave their home. This is an unhealthy way of life, and it has come to be the norm due to the devices that inhabit our homes, pockets, and bodies, and will continue to be a growing problem for the years to come.