In my opinion, today’s society consists of two things, people and technology. Both madly in love with each other, they cannot stop obsessing about one another. The human race has embraced technology with a vengeance and probably won’t ever let go of it. While I realize that technology has made life much simpler for me and most other people on earth, I wonder what has happened to the times when people used to have face-to-face conversations instead of Facetime and Facebook. I’m not saying that I hate technology. Honestly, I love it and can’t live without it. I feel lonely without my phone or Facebook. I don’t think I would know what’s happening around me without those two items. But I sometimes wonder whether I could survive without them. Not physically, but emotionally and socially. There have been times when I have been on vacation out of the country and I didn’t have my phone with me. When I came back, I had no idea what was going on with my friends or in the news. I felt like an outsider, a loner for a short time, but I got back into the thick of things and felt normal once again. I’m afraid that one day, everything will be done with technology; you won’t even have to get up from the couch to get a meal. Our human culture is becoming like that today. For example, I have the iPhone 4, which I think is the best phone invented yet. I don’t believe I could function without it, but I sometimes become annoyed even with the most advanced technology. When I am texting someone and they reply with a message that could be taken as either anger or sarcasm, I don’t know what to think. How should I reply? What did they mean? This is one of many flaws of technology that I hope will soon be fixed. Even though I am a technology lover at heart, I wonder whether face-to-face conversations will again become as normal as texting or will we become a society with robots doing everything; I certainly hope not.
February 5, 2011