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Taking a Stand Against the Grip of Technology 8/10/19
"When the phone was tied to the wire, Humans were free. Now, Humans are tied to the phone, Their minds are no more free." - Gaurab Chattopadhyay
I hope you take a moment to think about this quote. It illustrates how the internet and the evolution of phones have impacted the world, and it's not for the better. This quote means a lot to me because I live in a world where technology has taken over.
Technology, although helpful at times, can be a nuisance. To "fit in" you seem to need to be on your phone 24-7. The creation of phones was for communication between people and only that purpose. However, as technology evolves, more and more people are becoming further apart from each other.
The need for social media has increased over the years. People have now become addicted to their phones. They start to have both physical and physiological needs for the devices that are causing harm.
Addiction by definition is the compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal.
However, I have to ask, is technology addiction a healthy one?
Most people I know start to get anxious when their phone dies or is left somewhere. Most will start to panic as they don't know how to function without them.
The majority of people I see lack social skills and struggle with face-to-face conversations. They don't know how to look someone in the eye or have a decent discussion. Although many of my peers don't think of this as a problem NOW, they will in the future. In most interviews for jobs, interviewers are often looking at a person's social skills before they even start to ask questions. This can be what draws the line between hired and turned down.
Technology has become the new plague. Not only has technology taken over the social aspect of the world, but it has also taken over many people's lives. When driving down the street when I glance over at other cars, most of the time the drivers have phones in their hands. Often, these actions can lead to crashes that could potentially kill someone or greatly impact their quality of life.
Social media makes humans feel that they need to hide behind a screen. When everybody is trying to fit in online, that is when most of the good qualities are lost. I believe phones are controlling people, not the other way around. When people are using social media they aren't expressing their true selves, but the version of them that society wants them to be viewed as. The connection between a human an a screen is making higher expectations for us. By making this picture-perfect person we are no longer our true selves.
Obviously, I am inspired by Gaurab Chattopadhyay's words about smartphones. This unhealthy addiction is having an impact on people and not for the better. This only makes me want to embrace who I am and take a stand against the hold that technology has on us.
By choosing how I'm going to live my life, I can take a stand against the grip technology has on us. Are you in?
The Best Friend I Never Knew I Needed 6/29/19 When asked what people couldn't live without, most might say an inanimate object that they hold dear to their hearts. Granted, I love my knick-knacks and other possessions, but I can live without them in my life. I, however, have come to realize that things are not what make us happy in the world but rather the people who we are surrounded by.
If I had to choose one thing that I can not live without in my life it would be my best friend, Autumn.
I met her when I was in the fifth grade and she was in the fourth. I had just moved to the Washington School District. She was the first person that I actually felt a connection with, despite the fact that we were in different grades.
We do everything together. She makes me feel as if I am family. I have always viewed her as the sister that I never had and the one that I never knew I needed.
Autumn and I will be celebrating five years together on August 18th, 2019. I am so happy to have her in my life because she has not only inspired me but has made me a better person. I would like to thank her for making me who I am and always sticking with me through the worst times and the best times.
Today, society has made the idea of living without something as being this inanimate object that won’t bring us happiness in the end. However, the key to happiness is the connection that people have with one another. The memories that we have with the objects are what make us want to hold on to them, not the objects themselves. I would rather have memories that I can build with someone and hold close to my heart rather than an object with those memories.
I love making new memories that I can relive later in my life.
"Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it." - Lucy Maud Montgomery, The Story Girl
I like that quote because it shows how objects do not have to be physically in our lives. In order to enjoy them, we must be able to remember them. It also shows that nothing can be lost as long as it is not forgotten. This means that the things that we can't live without aren't the objects themselves, but the memories attached to them.
With my "thing" that I can't imagine living without, which is really a person, we are constantly adding memories that will last us a lifetime. I am realistic and know that we might grow apart in the future, but only when (and if) I forget is when what we have built become lost memories.
Autumn, if you are reading this, I would like you to know this quote is for you:
"If you live to be 100, I hope to live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you." - Winnie the Pooh
I hope that I never have to go a day without you in my life. I will always be there for you when needed. I love you and want to thank you for being my hero.
Jr. Optimist PR Officer. Theatre Guild Member. Loves dogs and otters. Addicted to Oreos. "When the phone was tied with WIRE, Humans were free." - Gaurab Chattopadhyay