Industrial Overdose?

What are you going to do as soon as the last bell rings and you get out of class? Check Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram? Chances are one of these will be first on that list.

Through information I gathered from Lake City students, the average LCHS teenager owns a cellphone, and ¾ of those phones are Smartphones. Smartphones have not only the capability to call and text, they can access the internet, social media, and assorted apps. These factors take a toll on teenagers, reeling them in and distracting them from the current events and life going on around them. If we’re so enveloped by our phones, how are we to interact with each other beyond a screen?

Through the technology-induced haze teenagers have become accustomed to, a trend is emerging and becoming the norm for most of our society. How many times have you seen a student being rebuked by a teacher for having their phone out in the middle of class? How many people have you bumped in the hallway because either of you was staring down at a text?

My guess would be more than once.

Teens would rather be at home on a laptop browsing Tumblr or Pinterest for memes and GIFS than go over to a friends house or meet a group at the park. With the industrialization of not only indoors, but outdoors as well, we as a society are being sucked away and into the technology database.

Society is losing the value of interaction. Face-to-face has become a rare thing outside of the classroom and the workplace. Video chat apps and programs such as Skype and Facetime are starting to take the place of actual interaction.

Not to say technology is completely bad for us as a nation; technology has many uses in our generation that are moving us forward in leaps and bounds to a greater good. Medical technology is at its peak, we’re able to communicate across the globe with a single message, and achieve greater heights in business through the technology we possess today.

However, if we are to continue to interact and maintain a healthy relationship in the human world, we need to use our technology in moderation.