Technology has taken over the world in the last 30 years. No day goes by without having to come in contact with some sort of technological device. From the first computer created in 1936 to the newest technologies such as self-driving cars and everything in between technology has changed everyday life for all but is there such a thing as too much? Although there are many positives to having technology in everyday life there are a lot of negatives like the use of social skills, lowering physical health, taking jobs from people, and increased levels of depression.
Overusing technology can cause a variety of different health issues including “eye strains …Musculoskeletal…changes in sleep patterns …Emotional stressors”(Chelsea) and many others this is especially truthful in adolescents and young adults under the age of 25. Being the brain is not fully developed under the age of 25 technology can have even more negative effects on the mental, physical, social, and emotional development of the body. “The blue light from the screens can reach deeper into the eye….retina damage is a result”() along with “AMD, Headaches, and Migraines”(Chelsea). Effects of the blue lights in phones have caused an increase in the percentage of kids needing glasses increase since 1930 because the brain having unnatural light affects eye development.
The amount of technology being produced to do both simple and complex tasks has taken jobs that could be fulfilled by an average person. Some examples would be “Factory workers, Railway station ticket sellers, and Check out cashiers”(Eric) have been taken over by technology and robots in most modern areas. The shortage of jobs has put the high of “15.4 million Americans unemployed”(BLS). The amount of unemployed Americans causes “13.4%”(ASPE). of Americans to be in poverty.
Technology is used in education as well but can have a very negative effect on children. When technology is used in classrooms “it’s naive to imagine students armed with cell phones won’t be quietly typing away under their desks, sending messages, or surfing the web”(Earl). As well as the proven fact that “Multitasking reduces productivity by 40%”(Earl) and that there are no “Measurable Increases in statewide standardized test scores”(National Public Radio). Along with the fact that the expense is too much for the negative effects, it has on children including being “sleepy, Gives them migraines, Or hurts Their eyes”(Parmenter). Not only is technology harmful to the development of kids in school and out but technology has also increased the level of depression among teens and young adults.