Technology: friend or foe?

There are two sides to every coin, including this one

In this day and age, as the average age for cell phone owners declines and the most popular ‘book’ read doesn’t have any pages, many mixed feelings arise regarding the pros and cons of youth and technology.

The best of the best in technological companies have been blowing our minds recently with the continuous influx of new products and upgraded models of the devices that we find ourselves using every day. It seems the dependence on technology is expanding more and more as time progresses, but who’s the one to define overload?

Not to say that none of it is important; cell phones are the best way to contact a person in any situation, especially in emergencies. 

Most parents would probably say they feel much more at ease knowing they can get in touch with their child simply by making a phone call or sending a text message at any point during the day. However, the use of such devices is a growing problem at places of work, especially classrooms.

Think back to the days before computers and mobile telecommunication. Simpler times, when people went to the library to read a book — or, heaven forbid, walked down the stairs to ask a family member a question.

Some may say that those were better times, but think about tragedies that could’ve been avoided if victims of crimes, natural disasters, or just plain bad luck had a way to contact someone to come to their rescue. 

Some say the introduction of technology has turned into a promotion of laziness; others know from experience how crucially important it truly is. 

Only you can be the judge.

— Tarilynn Nudd is a student at Kwalikum Secondary School.


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