»The earth is dying. .. It is drowning, it is crushed under a deluge of pesticides and toxic pollution. Science does not save it. The technology will not save it. They are its enemies, the real source of horror and contagion. We must oppose them. Right now. » Robert Ludlum.
Remember there are now several years when there was no internet or portable phones. Today, people being born in this era of technology can not imagine their lives without all these things; and even still, they are the first to grab the new technology outputs just in order to be at the forefront of the new generation technology. Of these people, I am one! Aside from the fact to monopolize new technologies, of course! Dad’s bank account would suffer. But that is not the purpose of the subject.
What is the impact of new technologies on society? Should we really be wary and oppose them like Ludlum said in his citation?
Begin this investigation by looking at the human level. Did the technology, since its creation, improved social relations between human beings? We communicating better than in the past? We must recognized that, indeed, derivatives of technology helps a lot to communicate. Now, with the invention of the telephone, it is possible to make contact with anyone in the world. Moreover, with social networks, you can make new friends and keep in touch with old friends or your family when you settle in a country other than your own, which is my case. Since my arrival in France, I have never spent so much time on Whatsapp, Facebook and Snapchat. So yes, new technologies are useful. … But be careful! Don’t go overboard! The concern is that since the arrival of the internet there is, as in other areas, full of excesses and these excesses can harm our social life and physical life.
Physical life! Let’s talk about it! Because too addictive or social networks or whether all these supposed « wonderful » things that the internet allows, like playing games, shopping, watching video, some people don’t hardly leave their homes, much more reason, their rooms. They are in the ability to remain locked up all day, sometimes even for days for some, just to set their screens. Which is very dangerous. That’s not me saying it, it’s been verified. Repeated use of the mobile is very bad for the skin. A recent study shows that the misuse of phone attacks the skin. It’s disgusting, but it’s the absolute truth: our mobile teem with bacteria and if you think about it, it is used really everywhere. And where are these bacteria? Directly on our face. The germs that accumulate on our mobiles can cause acne or eczema crises indicates Everyday Health. But that’s not all! I also have some bad news for you gentlemen. WiFi waves affect sperm production. Laptops are really practical, but men who put them on their knees may play with their gene pool. A 2011 study has found that the sperm of men exposed to electromagnetic radiation from mobile WiFi for four hours showed genetic defects and reduced motility. So, be careful gentlemen!
After the social and physical level, I will now speak of new technologiesin the intellectual level. What impact do they have on our intellect and what are the consequences for us. Thanks to technical progress (and we can not thank it enough for its prowess), it is now possible to find any information on the net. Which of course makes it easier for the students when they have essays or exercises to make. However, don’t abuse it! This isn’t because we gave you a dissertation in philosophy for example, you’re going to get your subject in the net on search bar and to copy / paste some essays that you have found. It is this error that numbers of students do. But in fact, they only hurt themselves. The consequence of their actions is that the day when they are facing on a test, well! … they don’t know what to write. And this lack of discernment is felt on their notes.
Furthermore, students have a real problem of spelling, which of course is a joy for teachers. I remember last year, our philosophy teacher told us about a student. She showed us a copy of the student in question and I can tell you that what I saw was distressing. Yes everyone makes spelling mistakes but not to that extent. The student was unable to make a correct sentence. So the entire sheet was full of red pen. I wish I could show you the picture but I haven’t anymore, unfortunately. Many teachers complain of the very low teens spelling. They think that this failure may be due to the daily use of technologies such as sms, facebook, twitter, BBM, etc. and probably also lack of reading. These new inventions have a negative impact on the writing of young people, because instead of reading a book in their free time, they go on social networks where they write and read words without paying attention to the spelling causing a decrease in essays, dictations, presentations, etc.
To summarize, I would say that new technologies impact us negatively because they affect our health, regress our brains and diminish us on our social relations. But not only! This is also because of the new technologies that we are killing today. We talk even of arms race.
The major powers are ready at all to acquire new weapons that will make them be feared by their opponents. They prefer to spend billions in the armory that invest in really important things like starvation, education for all, and many others. This is why Ludlum wants that we oppose to science and technology because, even if men did extraordinary things thanks to them, they are however harmful factors to global change.