Wednesday Sept. 4th
Today, during my Writing & Digital Media class we talked about the benefits and deficits of technology.
I was firmly planted on the idea that technology was a good thing. That is, except for when I decided to be funny and wrote that cell phone texting was destroying proper English. It’s true that you used to need your texts to fit within 140 characters, so many inventive contractions were created. I still thought that, overall, technology made it easier to communicate and get information from across the world. The people who argued against the mass spread of technology said that it was making people less social. They pointed toward the younger generation as being the population with which this was most prevalent a problem. I rather agree with that since there’s not a day that goes by without me seeing at least three people on campus with their phones to their ears.
Then I came home after that class.
I no longer think that it’s mostly the younger generation growing distant and unable to communicate thanks to technology. I walked in the door to my house and found my mom talking on her cell phone with my sister and my dad on his cell phone with his work. After, my mom went to working on her crystal structures on her laptop while my dad checked his email on his desktop. I cooked dinner.
If that’s not a reversal of the perceived norm, I don’t know what is.