How technology has changed lives

Molly McCoy

Contributing writer

From rotary phones to wireless cell phones and from the vintage typewriters to high-speed laptops, technology is changing rapidly.

Technology also has changed people’s lives.

Some generations remember sitting in their kitchens talking on rotary phones attached to the walls or taking a typing class that used actual typewriters.

The days of searching for someone’s name in a phone book is replaced by typing someone’s name on Google and accessing all of his or her information within minutes. Few people use dictionaries anymore; there’s an online dictionary to do the job.

“In my opinion, technology is a very good thing,” Rachel Camarena said. “It makes school, work and everyday life obstacles faster and more efficient. It also helps us discover things we would never be able to discover without the use of technology such as cures to illnesses. It helps us understand things with just a click of a button.”

A group of men ages 40 to about 50 were asked what the biggest change technology has made in their lives since they were young adults.

They responded, “You don’t have to get up anymore.”

When they were children, someone needed to manually change the channel on the TV. Today, people use remote controls to change the TV channel.

As far as replacing the rotary phone, many households don’t even have a landline. In a 2010 National Health Interview Survey from the Centers for Disease Control found about 57 million people are living in U.S. households with only cell phones.

One of the major ways technology has changed society is by the way people communicate.

Communicating with family members use to mean sending letters to one another while waiting several days to get a reply but now sending a message is as quick as pressing a button.

People all over the world use social networking sites, such as Facebook, every day. Many people use social networks as a way to communicate with classmates, family members or people they don’t even know.

Studies show more than half of adults who use sites including Facebook, Bebo and YouTube admit they spend more time online than with real friends and family. Users of these sites admit to becoming more anti-social, despite having online friends. It’s making society more and more impersonal due to the increase of communication online and the decrease of communication in person.

This social networking and Internet use could lead to more people being socially awkward. Spending more time online is taking away precious time with friends and family. Wireless cell phones are also on the rise as well as text messaging.

Is all of this technology creating a generation of social backwardness? In 2008, teens owning cell phones had increased to 71 percent, versus 77 percent of adults. Teens with phones averaged nearly 2,900 texts a month, a 566 percent increase in two years.

Studies showed that because of the increase of text messaging, many younger generations don’t know how to spell words correctly and are doing worse in school. With mobile phones being so advanced that people can access the web, people are becoming addicted to checking their e-mail and social networks as if they’re missing out on something important every three minutes of the day.

“On an average day I probably send 300 text messages out and receive 300 back for a total of 600 texts each day,” 18-year-old Payden Stumpf said. “I talk on the phone maybe twice a day.”

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