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On Technology: Technology and our generation

TNH Columnist

Published: Thursday, February 2, 2012

Updated: Friday, February 3, 2012 01:02

Technology is all around us. Like it or not, it's not going anywhere anytime soon. A lot of people, mostly the younger generation, love technology, and it's hard to imagine a world without it. Personally though, technology and the Internet bother me a little and I could give you a million reasons why it annoys me. However, I'd be lying if I said I spent more time on homework than on Facebook.

Most of us can look back and remember that brief period of time when technology didn't run our lives. We were young and spent our time on the playground instead of in front of a computer screen. Sadly though, the children of today won't be able to say that.

They are being brought up with technology, and it's basically all they know. Technology and the Internet are making people somewhat lazier. Over break my mom texted my dad, who was right in the other room, to let him know dinner was ready. We are also becoming very dependent on it.

I'm afraid my future children won't even know how to find something in an encyclopedia if need be. They'll probably laugh as I read from an actual book while they scroll through their Kindles.

 Technology is also leading to a decrease in human contact. Why pick up the phone and call your friend when you can just creep on their Facebook? While many people here at UNH are very social people, and may very well call their friends from home all the time, that's not always the case. I have some friends that I haven't talked to all that often since school started, yet I know everything they've been thinking and doing just through their status updates. This could have major impacts on future generations and the ways in which they communicate and socialize with each other.

Despite it's many downfalls, technology may be of some good. I'm not saying it's something we need, but it does make life a whole lot easier. For instance, writing a research paper without the help of Google and Wikipedia would basically suck.

The Internet is a great resource for us as college students, and it'd be stupid not to take advantage of it – especially since most of us could get lost looking for a book in Dimond Library.

The Internet is also great for sharing information and ideas, especially for those in the business world where things move so quickly. Also, think of all the new jobs technology has created. I'm sure a large chunk of UNH students will one day have a job directly involving computers and technology.

Technology also really helps for those of us who are far from home and need to hear the sounds of our parents' voices every once in a while. As for me, I'm in a long distance relationship and don't know what I'd do without the invention of Skype.

When my grandparents were first married, they weren't able to talk for two whole years while my grandpa was at war. I don't know if today's generation knows how lucky we truly are. Also, the Internet is just plain entertaining. I mean, who hasn't spent two hours YouTubing cats?

So although technology isn't my favorite thing in the world, it's not the worst either. I just hope that we don't forget how to separate ourselves from it once in a while. So log out of Facebook and Twitter and go outside for a little bit. Stop creeping and call one of your friends. And if my boyfriend is reading this, texting is nice but so is an old-fashioned love letter.

Katherine Gardner is a sophomore who will be writing about technology.

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