Today’s world is centered around technology, or at least in first world countries. It can easily be said, that today is facing a technological revolution, with it’s huge counterparts like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs contributing to the rise in “need” for useful gadgets. However, because this technological revolution is so broad, it could be broken down into several subgroups. Of course, the internet has been around for decades, and so have computers, so why is this “revolution” suddenly hitting us? The world is coming to depend on technology in social, occupational, and recreational aspects, and there are some ups and downs to this reality.
I recently have caught myself sitting down at the computer to conduct research on an English paper, and when I was brainstorming ideas, instead of typing “CNN.com” into the search bar, my first instinct was to type “Facebook.com”. Without even thinking, my fingers began to type the name of the world’s most popular social networking website. Teenagers, such as myself, will probably facebook more than they do watch tv nowadays. For some reason, getting the scoop on your friends personal lives is a lot more pleasing than cartoons (something I never thought possible in my pre-Facebook days). The reality is, people check Facebook constantly, and update it periodically. Just previously, I used the term “facebook” as a verb which is widely accepted in todays culture (hence, “Facebook me!”). This piece of technology has easily become an immense part of first world culture and therefore could be considered as the core of “The Social Networking Revolution.”
Something else I have experienced first hand was witnessing my mother struggle to find a job for the past year and a half. Sure, the economy dropping had a big influence on the difficulty in finding a new job, however it is also due to the increasing dependency on technology to do the job. A company will always seek the option that will end up saving money in the future, so if it means paying some extra money for an expensive software/machine to get the job done but resulting in one or more less pay check(s) every week, then that company will see a profit much quicker. Therefore, because of technology’s ever-growing ability to do human tasks, I think that the dependency on jobs will see a slight decrease. Of course, in order to keep the economy running, people need jobs to keep money flow circulating; but because technology will do the job for free, the workplace will see a revolution very soon in technology replacing people.
The last sub-revolution among the technological revolution involves recreational use of technology. When I was eight years old, I remember going out on my bike during the day and hanging out with my friends around the neighborhood. Now, I see my little cousins seldom visiting each other because they can simply connect with each other via Xbox Live to play Call of Duty together online. It makes me feel old to have to say, “What happened to the days when kids went outside?” and I’m only ten years older than my cousins. Of course, this doesn’t apply to everyone, and I’m sure there were couch potatoes back when I was younger, but I see much more children walking around staring mindlessly into their Nintendo DS rather than jumping around and driving their parents crazy. Perhaps some parents saw this coming and use video games and other technology to occupy their hyperactive children.
To conclude this poorly backed up (reference-wise) paper, I would have to say that use of technology has seen a dramatic increase in the past ten years. It’s kind of crazy actually. During Hurricane Irene in the early Fall of 2011, I realized just how much we depend on technology for interaction, the workplace, and for fun.