"With any advent in technology and technological innovation, there is the good and the bad"
- Henry Rollons
Technology refers to everything man-made, be it a chair, a table, phones, pens or even paper. It is mankind's triumph and an expression of our own thoughts and innovation. In todays world , technology usually refers to gadgets like smartphones, computers, i-pads and more. Though our understanding of this term may change, one thing remains constant; it is an integral part of our life, it has made our life easier by performing our tasks for us and has stealthily crept into every aspect of our life, be it food, communication, work or transport. But as modern scientists and brands chug out new invention, a question arises in our minds: Is technology a Boon or Bane?
Technology has led us from the caves to the fields, to farms and factories and now leads us to the global era of the internet. Nowadays, everything is available at the click of a button. Media offers a whirlwind- like selection of information to entertain us with. The entire world is connected through a wide web, but with more an more people suffering with a platter of bleak health problems, depression and discontent, is it finally time to “disconnect to connect”? With hundreds feeling trapped by their cell phones and thousands caught in this web of so-called connection, Can we really call technology a Boon?
Technology is a tool capable of changing the world, but for better or worse is in our own hands. Sadly, today technology is being utilised to create falsehood and propoganda rather than for the good of humanity. The impact of technology on our social, mental, physical and environmental health can be devastating if we don’t keep ourselves in check. There’s no denying the benefits we’ve gained from technological advancements, but as with all things in life, modertation is key. With technology we ave also created a world of zombies who are hooked onto the internet, cell phones and video games. This takes an academic and social toll on our youth, not to mention the physical and health toll involved in not getting enough exercise. We are also able to destroy an entire civilisation in an instant with military assets at our disposal. Social isoltion, obesity, depression, pollution, stress, strain to the eyes, neck and head issues, addictions and shorter attention spans are just some of the many health risks associated with technology. Though technology may seem to be a doorway to a world of endless possibilities- STRIKING A BALANCE IS A MUST. Technology is a double edged sword. It has the power to illumincate, liberate and unite people, but it can also be a path to a perilous problems and horrendous health hazards. Modern technology has certainly eased our life and expanded our horizons, however our overuse has led to a state of near addiction. We must therefore strike a balance to advance mankind forward, into a new millienum of prosperity. It is certain that our society would cease to function without technology and it is certain that it has countless benefits. Thousands of lives are saved annually and many are brought back from the brink of death thanks to advanced technology and instruments. Now even distance is not an communication barrier as one can reach out and bridge a gap spanning thousands of kilometres with a simple tap on a screen. But as ecological disasters, cyberbullying, mental issues and health problems pile up, it is also important to remember to restrict our usage. In the end, it is imperative to remember a wise old adage whose meaning couldn't have been truer today; technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.