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We become more and more dependent on computers and information technology, is it positive or negtati

lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
As we move into the twenty-first century, it is clear to see that we become more and more dependent on computers and information technology. The technology now reaches in almost every area of our lives and it is easy to predict that this phenomena is only going to grow. My personal belief is that this presents a variety of dangers.

It is highly likely that in the future there will be comparatively few aspects of our lives that will not be influenced by computer technology. The probality is that it will control more and more formings of communication, transforming fields such as education and business when video-conferencing platforms become more stable. It might even affect romance with more people forming relationships online.

There may be benefits to this technological revolution, there are also a large number of potential dangers. Perhaps the most serious of these would be that if people rely on computers too much for communication, they could in fact begin to communicate less well. For example, if every member of a family had their own computer screen and smart phone, they might not speank often to one another and simpley look at a screen. This would be the most serious because our ability to communciate is an essential part of our humanity.

My conclusion is that the growth of computer technology is inevitable, but there may not be entirely positive.

Do you aggree with me or not? Please leave your opinions on this topic.


  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    @lisa I think you are right about the dangers to human interaction and communication in the technological age. It is so easy to send text messages rather than speak directly, and face to face communication almost seems like a thing from the past.

    I think the worst danger is for young children that are being brought up with a smart phone as virtually their only plaything.

    But as someone who is constantly on the move, I find the internet at least helps me keep in touch with my friends who are all a long way away. The internet enables something like this Forum to work. It also makes finding out information on almost anything a lot easier. I suppose I test it to its limit sometimes, as I get frustrated sometimes that the obscure places I want to know about still don't have much information showing. And even France, I find that the quality of information is much lower than I would expect.
  • lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge I agree with you. Wether or not the internet can be used properly depends on the person,himself or herself. If you were attarcted by the games, kinds of news, movies on the internet, few valuable consequences you would get. In contrary, if the internet was used for studying, sharing some educational information, communicating with other professional people in some interesting fileds, it would bring great benefits for you. Nowsdays, we can not live without internet, because we need to communicate with each other, but sometimes distance is obstacle, at that time internet is vital factor to decide whether or not we can reach the goal of sharing or communication.
  • nontannontan Posts: 201 ✭✭
    I think everything has both positive and negative side.
    I understand your opinion about the communication issue but I don't think it is the fault of IT, because we still have an option to communicate with people face to face.
    IT isn't depriving us of the option to do that. It is just giving us another option which is the online communication.

    It is like saying, 'I bought a car. Since then I rarely walk. My legs have got weak. It is a negative part of cars.'
    It feels a bit weird to me.
    We can walk whenever we want to, even if we have a car.
    If our legs got weak, it is our fault, not car's.
  • lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
    @nontan yes, you are right, all the decisions are made by our humans instead those modern machines <3
  • nontannontan Posts: 201 ✭✭
    Perhaps I misunderstood what you mean on this topic.
    You are talking about our attitude to computers, not the IT itself, right?
    I am sorry. @lisa

    And I agree with you. I think we should carefully deal with these technologies.
  • lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
    @actually i want to discuss the negative inflences brought by computers and infromaion technology, and which measures we should take to deal with those problems. But i do not want only focus on the negative consequences of those modern techonologies, in my opinion, we should pay attention to both the negative and positive consequences of the developing modern technologies.
  • walterwalter Posts: 683 ✭✭✭
    The IT world it`s become very advanced. Vast majority jobs seek to knowledge in computer. That`s okej, and that really makes job easier. But problem is that more and more children and some old people become obsessed by internet and the society network.They started to live in imagine world, not real and when even hang out together they alway more times spend looking at his mobile phone.
  • lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
    Virtual world brings lots of fantastic feelings as well as trobules to us, such as healthy problems, relationships between strangers and so on. Every new subject has two sieds, positive one and negative one, we should utilize the positive side and keep a suitable distance with the negative one. Saying is easier than doing, but why not trying it? Or we will never know what marvellous things will happen. Maybe that is one of the reasons human beings have been continuing to develop for centries .
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    I think it won't be long before most of the work is done by computers or A.I. @lisa. The world needs to move to develop how humans can adapt to this. I don't think enough has been done to work out what the majority of people will do with more leisure time. My big fear is that a lot of people won't know what to do with themselves if they are not going to work.
  • lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
    Yes, so what I am going to do if computers and AI do all of my jobs ? Which makes me anxious and scary. @mheredge I need a job not only because it can bring salary to me, but aslo it can make me get the values of my life and myself, if my job was done by them, then what I was? Too much spare time for me is definitely not good.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    As it is something that will take time and is beyond our control @lisa, I think you need to try to push it from your mind and get on with living for the present moment in this regard. I don't think anyone really knows how the future will pan out.
  • lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
    In fact, we can not live normally or at least at first our life will be disordered if some of high technology devices are banned in our office or apartment. I am a bit too nervous about the advanced technological equipments. @mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    This is a bit worrying: WHAT ARE SCREENS DOING TO OUR EYES—AND OUR ABILITY TO SEE? Our eyes are hardening; we can barely see our phones anymore. We must learn to look at the wider world.

  • lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
    I really agree that printed papers are more healthy than digital screen materials, although digital devices are more convinent for us. @mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    I think it is important to rest the eyes and not to stare at a screen too long @lisa. I tend not to read from my Kindle for more than an hour or so at a time.
  • VokVok Posts: 1,293 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge @lisa I don't feel much difference between reading an ebook and actual book. Provided that the light is good I can spend hours having my nose in an ebook without feeling strain in the eyes. I've read somewhere that the quality of an ebook's page is on a par with a low quality printed paper.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    Exactly @Vok. I am now totally used to reading with my Kindle, and like you, don't notice any difference. I have a 'Paperwhite' Kindle and the page really does seem exactly the same as a white paper page. So I never have any problems with my eyes reading from it @lisa.
  • lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
    Well, I do not know what is the problem with my eyes, I have to keep a long distance with the digital devices after the examination, my eyes feel strain and dried during night, sometimes I can not help "crying", which is not a real crying, but there are tears flowing from my eyes, especially a long time staring at my phone screen. @mheredge @Vok
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