How is Tech­nol­ogy a Boon or a Bane?

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! - Jovy­lene B. Cortez --oo0oo--

Tech­nol­ogy has be­come a huge part of our lives. With tech­nol­ogy, there is a lot that we can do which we could not do then. It can be fas­ci­nat­ing and mind­blog­ging.

Over the years, we stopped writ­ing let­ters, in­stead tap­ping out in­for­mal emails. We do not re­mem­ber phone num­bers, de­pend­ing on our mo­biles to pull them up for us. We do not re­mem­ber birth dates, be­cause that’s what Face­book is for; we also wish peo­ple there in­stead of mak­ing that two-minute per­sonal phone call. We do not make the ef­fort of re­mem­ber­ing spellings be­cause there’s a spell-check and au­to­cor­rect in­stalled on our mo­bile phones.

Tech­nol­ogy is a boon. It has con­nected peo­ple from all over the world. We are able to stay in touch with our friends and loved ones who are far away from home. Thanks to Skype, Face­book, Twit­ter, In­sta­gram, Viber, What­sApp and the like.

Tech­nol­ogy is a bane. It’s bad for pri­vacy. In­ter­linked data­base have your name, your num­ber, and much more about you. Peo­ple have less and less to do, which in turn re­sults in more lazi­ness, less ac­tiv­ity, less ef­fort and more free time. We talk to peo­ple miles away from us and ig­nore those who are sit­ting right next to us. We tell the whole world where we are and what we are do­ing.

Tech­nol­ogy is im­por­tant es­pe­cially in to­day’s dy­namic world. How­ever, when not used prop­erly it be­comes a bane or a curse.

The au­thor is Teacher I at San Pedro El­e­men­tary School, San Pedro, City of

San Fer­nando

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