I really don't feel like writing journals about my life right now. If I did, I'd be complaining about the same shit, because nothing seems to be changing. Nothing's really going my way (whine, gripe, complain. Ugh. I annoy myself). I could make change if I had the courage to, but I don't. I've recently come to the realization that I don't have a best friend, that she never existed to begin with. She's an emotional whore, not a sexual whore. She makes everyone feel like they're the center of her world and then puts them on her shelf until she needs them. Mostly guys, but I'm the one girl she's done this to.
So yeah. Enough talk about her. Here's an essay about technology I wrote for AP English. I was gonna share my editorial about technology, which is better than this, but the file is not compatible or whatever.
The Psychological Effects of Technology Addiction
This article, found on WebMD.com, was written by Jennifer Soong, a journalist who covers lifestyle and health trends for numerous magazines. It tells the story of Jenn Hoffman, a workaholic CEO who has a self-proclaimed “addiction to technology.” She has an uncontrollable compulsion to respond to every one of the 500 emails and texts she receives every day, regardless of where she is or what time of day it is. She brings her laptop to bed with her every night, and she’s been known to check her emails in the bathroom, on ski lifts, in the pool…anytime, anywhere. Technology has complete reign over her busy life.
Experts claim that technology can be just as harmful as obesity or smoking when it is abused. These technology addicts, who are increasing in number as the years pass, experience a few troubling symptoms. Headaches, insomnia, and stress are just a few downsides to being hooked on electronics. Too much technology also puts you at greater risk for heart attacks and other medical problems. Psychologists say that constantly being plugged in can cause you to become hyperactive and fatigued.
There is so much irony to be found in this report. We maintain this almost religious belief that technology saves us from stress by making everything easy, that it is the ultimate problem solver. In reality, the very thing that is simplifying our lives is also complicating them. How much do we miss out on because of our overdependence on technology? How much more do we have to miss before we finally realize we have a problem?
These questions are incredibly troubling. The physical and psychological side effects should be enough to snap people out of this technology craze, but unfortunately, I feel that most people will shrug off articles like this. Even when the evidence is shoved in our faces, we will continue to deny the facts, and we will continue to find refuge in this entity called the internet. This craze, sadly, will have to get even worse before it gets better.
Every one of us could very well be a technology addict to some extent. When we can hide behind a username, when we find self-worth through the comforts of social networking sites like Facebook, when we can view the world through the desensitizing, uncaring glare of a computer screen, how will we find value in anything else? We might continue to stray from the reality that lies beyond the Wi-Fi and the software updates. Face-to-face communication, real relationships with real people, self-awareness, the perseverance of true values and ethics—technology could make that all obsolete.
Here's a link to the article I referred to in the essay: