In the current era of modern technology, many citizens of developed civilizations have a cell phone of some kind, especially in America. Over 90% of people under the age of 44 own a cellphone in the United States. (https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/06/more-than-90-of-adult-americans-have-cell-phones/276615/). As many are aware, there is a constant criticism of the use of these pocket machines when they are not necessary or vital, such as texting at the dinner table, or looking at your phone while you are with a group people. It is argued that if you are checking your twitter feed when with other human beings, that it takes away from essential social interaction.
This is an understandable anxiety. It’s important to have proper social interactions with one another. It’s important to pay attention to your conversations, and be polite to those around you. If you are constantly looking at your telephone in the presence of others, then that will be a difficult goal to achieve. Therefore, cell phones and texting definitely can get in the way of essential human interaction, and burden our social development if it is abused and utilized at the wrong time.
However, the technology that 90% of Americans have at their fingertips is actually quite amazing, and should not be taken for granted. Not even a century ago, computers didn’t even exist. When computers were eventually invented, they were huge- many times larger than the average Iphone, and they were far from pocket-sized. Before smart phones and texting, you had to actually read a book if you wanted to learn about something. Which, don’t get me wrong, is a great thing to do. But, if all you want to do is figure out who won the Stanley Cup in 1993, a quick Google search is multitudes more efficient than going to the library and reading a sports almanac, or going to ask your weird uncle. For example, I had no idea who won the Stanley Cup in 1993 while I was writing that. I just now googled it and learned that it was the Montreal Canadiens. Apart from convenience, smart phones can be used as interactive maps, compasses, cameras, journals, notebooks, and more, all in one small device. I think it’s somewhat ignorant to look passed the many benefits of these devices, and immediately call them a debacle to human interaction.
Ultimately, technology should be embraced. We need to understand that benefits, instead of dreading on the small setbacks it provides. I’m a strong advocate of utilizing the technology that is given to us. I’ll use Google maps while I’m in the wilderness, or text while I’m with my close friends. It’s not as big of a deal that everyone makes it. I am pro smart phone.