I spend most of my time with electronic devices, my smart phone and laptop. Everyone does the same. Because technology has changed the way we solve our problems. Some people are in favor of this, some are against. According to them, technology has made us more disconnected. Even in the same room, on same table, we have smart phones in our hands. Now a days we consider chatting more than face to face talking. But is this good or bad ? Is technology a solution or addiction ? Well, the answer is Yes and No. Because this all depends on the usage. Technology is not a good or bad thing. Our purpose make it so. Lets discuss some examples.
Most basic example we can take is of a calculator. We used to calculate using pen paper, or some people use mind only. Countries like India invented stuffs like Vedic Mathematics to do all the calculation in mind only. Do you know Shakuntala Devi (click here) ? She had beaten super computers of her time, calculating faster than computers, all in her mind !
What I mean to say is that doing calculations manually can make our mind more analytical. It really makes our brain sharper. But now a days we use calculators and lost all this mind practice. This is bad, specially for the intelligence development of the kids.
So should we stop using calculators and start doing all the numbers in head ?
Again, yes and no, think about large accounts of a bank or a company with thousands of transactions, interests and other dirty economic stuffs, how can you handle such large numbers and statistics manually ? Also we will lose a large amount of time and money doing so. In this case, calculators play the perfect role, it saves money and time and is very right. At least, it will not get tired !
Lets take another example, Emails and messengers. In older days, for any reason, we used to meet people. We used to greet each other on festivals. Celebrate together. The happiness of a friend to meet his friend at a far off place was greater than anything. As contacts almost goes to zero on separating and migrating, people used to live together. It formed united communities.
Then we got letters. Birth Day celebrations became Birthday Greeting Cards ! As people stopped travelling cities, the letter, a piece of paper became enough to put any emotion in writing ! ( not only love letters ). And After the invention of Email, contact became sitting on computers, Letters stopped city travelers but emails went further on to stop traveling homes ! After the invention of messengers, for an example, in my house, my sister ask me for a glass of water, from just next room, on whatsapp ! People stopped meeting and talking each due to these services.
So should we stop using them and get back to older times ?
Again, yes and no. It’s all because of these mediums that we get any news anywhere as soon as possible. How will a king would know if his army need more food supply during a war ? No warrior can leave a war to take such demand to king, as it’s a WAR going on. So a letter was used. We get newspaper, books and other stuffs which make us up to date and aware of everything. It is the Email which made it possible for a mother to contact his son who is doing job at a distant place immediately. And messengers can help that mother to do a live chat with his son. At least these electronic medias saved a lot of paper. Imagine if you print all of your chats ever done ! Electronic communications are really faster. We don’t have to travel so there is no need to wait. We really save a lot of time, money and paper of course !
Lastly, most discussed topic in this debate is physical activities. Now a days, people play video games and not outdoor ones. This made kids more fat, unhealthy and unsocial, as playing outdoor games together make you learn a lot of social skills.
But then think, if video games were never invented, a kid, born with physically defected legs will never get any chance to play football. But now we got Fifa on playstation !
So it’s all on us. Technology is not good or bad. It’s a feature. It’s on us how we use them. When Einstein found E=mc2, we used his theory to made enormous amount of energy that brought light and electricity to a lot of poor villages, without light, how would a kid would study comfortably in night. But then we made Atom Bombs too ! So you see its on our use. One use brought life to villages and one took them in wars !
Technology must be used on its necessity. I mean, like for calculations, companies should use calculators and kids should do manually. There should be more talking inside family while using emails for sending urgent important stuffs to someone living very distant from you. Video games makes our brain sharper but we should check if that is making our poor or not. If we use them on the basis of their neccisity, its a better a great thing.
I don’t write magazine. I have an online website, a blog. So I save paper, my money to publish and your money to buy it. And also a lot of time. You can read when you want and I can write when I want !
So I believe now that you can understand that every discovery ever made in science and technology is neither bad nor good. Its all on our use. And so, instead of making it a debate topic like I had in my schools in competitions as “Technology a ban or boon”, we use debate on its use.
Finally A quote, to tweet :
Technology is neither good, nor bad. Its on you how you use internet, you can learn Mathematics or watch Porn ! [https://t.co/sQZlbfGrOk](https://t.co/sQZlbfGrOk)
— Shubham Ramdeo (@ramdeoshubham) November 7, 2015