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Technology affecting communication

Cat Ardes
Staff Writer

Since I was a kid, technology has always been a part of my life. Obviously not as much when I was young compared to today, but it has always been there and I have always relied on it. I have depended upon it for research, communication, and for everyday curiosities thanks to the Internet. Whenever I want to know something, all I have to do is ask wonderful Google and it will probably give me an accurate answer. Today, as you know, the Internet is at our fingertips. You can thank modern day technology for that, or you can hate it.
You know what I love? I love sitting in a theater watching a film I have looked so forward to for months. My attention is focused on watching previews for future films and munching on my Raisinets until some genius pulls out a phone as bright as the North Star in the pitch black theater and decides to ruin that moment for me.
9C18B18E28A84C43AF71EA715DC6BAC6This is what I call the perfect example of being rude to the people around you. But now I see why they have to show that small advertisement before the previews and tell people not to take out their phones in the theater… something they shouldn’t have to do in the first place.
Every day while walking to class I have to figure out how I’m going to get around the person who has his or her head buried in the screen of a phone, walking in what you could hardly call a straight line. Not only is this annoying, but it makes people who walk like this look incredibly dumb and oblivious to everything around them. I’ll be the first to admit that yes, I have done this before and after I looked up from my phone I felt stupid and rude to the people around me. It’s almost become the norm for people to look like zombies. Not only do I see a lack of communication between people, but I also see how dependent our society is on technology. Sure, you could say that thanks to our phones we communicate better than ever but is that the case?
Once I’m in class I can’t help but notice the amount of people that sit there in lectures and text and play games right in front of the professor. I don’t know about you, but I can’t multitask like that. It’s pretty eye opening to see people do this for an entire class and not take advantage of the time and money they’re putting in to be here.
Technology is definitely beneficial and helps every single one of us in our daily lives, but there are times when people need to realize when to step out of that technology world and into the real world. I guess in a sense I wish our society would stop putting so much of our time into our phones.