Lilly one of my coauthors already introduced you to this hot topic in her post yesterday. She gave you an extensive and impressive lists of arguments that seem to prove that we are dependent on computers.
So how come I am arguing against it?
To be honest at first I reacted just how I imagine everyone else is going to react
“Of course we are dependent on computers!”
This is a natural reaction since today in our society we use computers every day, not only to do research but also to communicate and socialize.
But don’t judge too quickly! Let me ask you this:
What about the people who do not have a computer and what about the time where computers were not invented yet?
Somehow these people seemingly miraculously managed to survive.
In the beginning when computers were first developed it was mostly the military and government using them. The first Personal Computers were not introduced as late as the 1950s. Now it is the year 2012. That’s roughly 60 years with computers compared to almost 2000 years without them – and that’s only starting from our timekeeping. In reality humans have manged to survive for millions of years. So how can anyone say we are dependent on computers?! We developed towards computers but they are no necessity like air, food or sleep!
Although everyone agrees that computers play an integral part in our society today and things would be a lot more complicated, take longer, be more inconvenient and some would downright be impossible without them I believe we would still be able to function!
Our generation believes that computers are a life necessity. But that is simply because they developed at such an incredible speed that now we are used to life with them. I will dare going so far as to say that most of you reading this cannot imagine life without them.
On the other hand we have people like my dear grandmother, 92 years old, who has lived through WW II without ever touching a computer in her entire life – and still she lives in our society by herself and gets along just perfectly.
My conclusion: We are not dependent on computers to survive in this world,but we certainly would not be as evolved as we are today without them.
- communicating everywhere
- studying more comfortable
- doing business more efficient
- new offers of entertainment
- saving lives in critical situations
Computers not only hold these advantages but indisputably offer immense possibilities. You find them everywhere and they are a mean of making our everyday life easier, but do they also make our life better?
Joseph Weizenbaum, a German-American author and professor of computer science at MIT, strongly advises that humans should set limits for the developement of new technologies. Furthermore George Orwell, an English novelist and journalist, warns readers in his dystopia “1984” of the danger new technologies carry with them. If we take their assumption and go one step further we can ask ourselves:
Would the world be a better place without computers?
Researchers today tend to believe that many people lose previously common abilities when working with computers. These include but are not limited to spelling or mental arithmetic – The standard way of thinking: Why bother if the computer does it for you?!
In addition computers are known to create antisocial behaviour or at least reduce social interaction. Studies show that instead of meeting friends young people increasingly stay inside, play computer games and chat on facebook.
This directly leads to another bad impact of computers – people practice less and less sports and group activities.
Just ask yourself how much time do you spend on your computer?
Moreover scientist believe that the constant availability we now live in can be very stressful for individuals and consequently lead to a spreading of psychological illnesses. This reminded me of when I first got my new smartphone. I was not prepared for the constant ringtone of yet another email or whatsapp message every five minutes. I felt like I couldn’t relax, so I started turning my phone of for 3 hours every day, which relived me enormously.
In the end I found that maybe the question we truly have to ask ourselves is not are we dependent on computers but do we even want to be?