Today I will bring you guys my final blog post.
From initially reading this question I can assume most have you will have very strong opinions and thoughts whilst being at an age where generations younger then us are completely spiralling out of control with the concept of technology. This possibly including the obsession with social media, the lacking in ability to even write with a pencil, as typing is the norm these days… or even just reading the news off social medias most commonly used app among teens; Snap chat…Pick up a newspaper!
When thinking of this question in relation to my own life, I remember last night. I was on Snap chat and placed a joint filter over mum and I allowing us to both have a funny warped face. I then sent the photo to my sister who was also situated on the same lounge. She then replied on the chat with “hahaha”. This shocked me. She could have laughed aloud about the photo, however instead she kept a straight face and replied on the chat. I believe it is plain sad that I can or could not watch TV with my family, without constantly having two social media apps open at a time, one being snapchat. It is also disheartening that I could not reach to my sister and show her the photo to interact with her physically... instead I interacted socially through technology.
Whilst understanding our current youths obsession with technology, there are also serious ethical problems when understanding this driving question. Social media for my first example, is highly dangerous when understanding predators and young girls are severely unaware of the dangers they attract when uploading photos in bikinis (& what not). It is also evident that teenagers are highly susceptible to receiving mental disorders. This including depression or eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia) from looking at constant photos of "attractive" and "better looking" people whilst their own self esteem diminishes. I personally did not make an Instragram account for this very reason.
I am personally terrified of the time I reach the age of when I would like to have children and the dangers that technology may bring them. I am terrified of how it will impact their lives, especially their mental psyche. It is almost sickening the obsession with technology that has boomed in the last 10 years. I fear this boom will only increase. Everyday life never used to consist of this…
The images below are confronting and should allow you to understand the impacts that technology has on humans today as well as the ethical issues which greatly affect this concept.