We have been speaking a lot about Technology and the impact of Tech in our lives as people living in the 21st century. I thought I would share my view.
Also this is a very awesome Spoken Word Piece about Tech:
Growing up my father bought me books instead of Game Boys or Play Stations. He did this because for him a single book cost $1 at most but a Game Boy cost so much more, so for him it was not a conscious decision to limit my interaction with Tech but it was a pragmatic one. My favourite past times today are reading a good book and writing. When I was ten my brother bought me my first Dan Brown book, The Da Vinci Code so while I was rambling about Jesus and his lover my friends were exchanging cheat codes for Tomb Raider.
I got my first “smartphone” when I was sixteen and I still do not play video games today. My father no longer had to buy me books, I hunted books down and my only technological interaction was with the TV and my desktop which I used to watch movies and series when I was not reading a novel. It is often said that Tech has become a harmful tool for young people today, I do not completely agree with this. I think that unbalanced use of Tech accompanied by a lack of reading is detrimental to the youth of today but Tech when used in balance can become a very efficient tool to have. Doctor Rich of Harvard Medical School agrees that “he [is] not suggesting [that] young people should toss out their devices, but rather that they embrace a more balanced approached.” In making this comment Dr. Rich acknowledges the danger of the excessive use of Tech but he also notes the importance of learning how to effectively incorporate Tech into our lives without making it detrimental to us. For me finding this balance did not happen by choice but by accident but it is an accident that I believe every child should experience.
I never noticed it until my late teens but my love for reading greatly helped me improve the way I wrote. I remember that Martin, my best friend, refused to read a book if he could find the film. I however, insisted on reading the book first and then watch the movie. During weekends Martin would play Need For Speed and I would read a novel then we would meet to do our homework and later watch a movie. Whenever we had English or History homework Martin would always wait for me to finish the readings and then explain them to him not because he did not enjoy English or History but because he found it difficult to sustain focus. I never quite understood why but according to Matt Richtel a journalist for the New York Times, increased interaction with video games and the internet limits the minds ability to focus on one thing at a time. He said this after he followed the lives of some high school students in California who used Tech excessively. I can confidently agree with Richtel because I saw what playing video games every weekend did to Martin and how it negatively influenced his English and History grades because he could not fully focus on reading his course material.
Furthermore, I believe that we as an evolving society should be weary of our marginal reading culture especially amongst young people because reading is an integral part of a human beings cognitive abilities and culture. Playwright Richard Foreman warns us that doing away with our reading culture and becoming “pancake people”- people who are “spread thin as we connect with that vast network of information accessed by the mere touch of a button” -will make us lack a cultural depth and complexity. I agree with Foreman but because we can never run away from Tech and its accessibility I say be a FAT and thick pancake!