This weeks debate on whether we have become to dependent on technology is a topic in which I have struggled with. I often feel like a hypocrite when discussing this topic because I take a firm stance that we have become to dependent on technology, but am often tied to my phone or other devices. I believe that especially our students have become to dependent on technology and need to unplug because they are often missing the things around them. They will be out at a concert, at a park or even sporting event and instead of watching the event through their own eyes they need to make sure to film it so that others can see what they are doing. Do not get me wrong, I am not against having technology, I just believe that we do need to use it in moderation and it should not control our lives (easier said then done). Once again in saying this, I openly admit that I have become a slave to technology often feeling naked if I have left my phone at home or feel “phantom vibrations” in my pocket when my phone is nowhere near me.
Throughout the debate the disagree team did a great job of discussing that it is nearly impossible to unplug from technology because we live in an augmented reality and the individuals we are online and offline are the same. This stance took me by surprise and was one that I have never truly thought of before, but after giving it some thought it makes complete sense. Instead of being a local citizen, students are now global citizens connected to others all over the world. They have immediate information about what is going on around the world within a click of a button. Also, Your online identity follows you wherever you are. The person you are online no impacts how people view you offline.
The agree side did a great job to combat this view. They argued that technology has had a major impact on our relationships. We are often missing out on the fundamentals of communication. Like my debate partner Logan mentioned in our debate on social media, 93 percent of communication is non verbal. With this in mind only 7 percent of effective communication can be transferred through technology. Although technology does offer more avenues for friendships to be formed, these friendships do not offer what a human needs. The agree side posted an extremely moving video on how technology is impacting us, it discusses all the issues that over use of technology has had on us. It had such an impact on me that I posted it below.
Overall, in my opinion as a society we do need to unplug more. I am not saying that we need to unplug all the time, but like all things we need to use technology in moderation. Technology should be used as a tool, it should not be our life. Talking about this topic I honestly do feel like a hypocrite. As I am writing this post I am constantly looking at my phone to see if I have notifications or emails from school. This summer can not come soon enough where I can unplug and relax and enjoy what is going on around me. This debate has made me realize that I need to take a break from technology and get back to face to face communication. Thanks to all that participated in this debate, great job!
I want to end this post by saying what a great class and thank you to everyone who made this class a success. Thank you Alec and Katia for the experience!