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Is technology hurting or helping us?

Posted by nik on January 26, 2017

We oft hear that technology is hurting us more than it’s helping us. There’s countless opinions and columns on the topic, and many of them resonate that, yes, it’s technology that’s hurting us and causing division. Well, that’s not exactly the case — technology is actually helping us in a lot of ways. Follow along and we’ll show you just a couple of those ways.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2006, but we’ve updated with new information for January 2017.

Social Media

I think the big factor that starts this debate is social media. Let’s face it: there’s a lot of crude, nasty and hurtful flung around all over social media. You read them and, in most cases, wonder how we’ve gotten to such a place where we have an insane amount of disrespect for someone we may have never even met.

But yes, I truly think this is the core of the debate — social media, not technology itself. It’s really a “don’t throw the baby out with the bath water” type of thing, despite how cliche it sounds. However, even social media has its benefits, such as connecting with old friends, and friends and family being able to see that you’re OK and safe in the event of an emergency or disaster with Facebook’s Safety Check.

Of course, the choice is up to you whether to use social media or not — I personally keep away from it — but it’s important to not take social media, lump everything together and say “technology is hurting us.” Here’s just a few ways it has been a huge benefit and even a life saver.

Gadgets

There’s a wide range of gadgets out there that are a huge help in our daily lives. One that we interact with the most is our phones — it makes it easy to stay connected with others, take work on the go, and reach someone in the case of an emergency in just moments. In automotive repair, technology has made it easier and safer to diagnose and fix vehicles all the way down to changing tires on the rim. In our homes, TVs (and Smart TVs) have made it easier to relax and watch a movie or TV series with friends and family, electronic appliances have made it easier to store food, keep dishes clean, laundry washed and so much more.

PC

Personal computers and laptops have made things all that more helpful, too. The reliance on computers has created many new avenues for jobs, keeping business afloat and new ways for entertainment (i.e. video games). As an extension of that, the Internet has made so many other things possible — anyone who wants to learn something can usually do just a quick Google search and start learning about their topic of choice, whether that be Software Development, Business, Health Sciences, Agriculture, Electricity, Welding and so much more.

Business

In business, technology has automated a lot of things, cutting down both on the time and cost it would take to produce certain products or services. Technology in manufacturing allows us to mass produce thousands upon thousands of goods in a short amount of time. And, technology in transportation can get you items on your doorstep the same day you put in your order!

Health

What truly might be the most stunning parts of technology is when it comes to the health sector. Technology is literally saving lives here. For instance, the defibrillator and pacemaker have literally been keeping people alive for years. Some technology will even allow amputees to walk and enjoy a small piece of life again. Not only that, but technology is even allowing us to efficiently bring other pieces of life-saving technology to under privileged countries, potentially saving even more lives.

Technology is what you make it

There’s so many good thing about technology — we’re just scratching the surface here. Really, technology is what you make it, as the change starts with you. You might perceive social media as a bad thing, but really, it’s not social media that’s bad — it’s the people that makes it or breaks it.

Technology isn’t going where — the benefits substantially outweigh the drawbacks. Of course, there are some discouraging and frustrating aspects to it, too. To name just a few, we’re concerned with personal information being a lot more easily accessible through hacking (e.g. banks, shopping information, etc), how much power technology gives governments, how we might rely too much (or too little) on technology and so on.

There are a lot of legitimate arguments and concerns on both sides of the spectrum, to say the least. But, for the most part, technology has done more for us than we could ever imagine. It’s important that we not blame technology on our problems, but instead, start changing things for the better in our circles of friends and family. Technology truly is a good thing — just look at the sheer amount of lives it’s saved — it just needs to be wielded in a proper manner.

30 thoughts on “Is technology hurting or helping us?”

Daftpunk says:
Around the World, Around the world
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Augustburnsred7 says:
technology is soo bad.. haha not dude you guys are on the fucking computer using the technology so way to be a hypocrite
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Augustburnsred7 says:
technology is soo bad.. haha not dude you guys are on the fucking computer using the technology so way to be a hypocrite
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Augustburnsred7 says:
technology is soo bad.. haha not dude you guys are on the fucking computer using the technology so way to be a hypocrite
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chloe says:
Techology is not good, because it will make us lazy.
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chloe says:
Techology is not good, because it will make us lazy.
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chloe says:
Techology is not good, because it will make us lazy.
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American Fables says:
***How technology and overpopulation took away the meaning of life***

The early morning sun shone down on Oakwood Forest. It looked like it would be a beautiful spring day. Rabbit hopped out of bed and stretched his legs. He grabbed a carrot for breakfast and bounded off to the Oakwood Shoe Shop for work.

Rabbit’s job was to make shoes for all of the animals in Oakwood Forest. He loved his job and felt a real sense of purpose, keeping everyone’s feet safe and sound!

Over the years, some of the animals in Oakwood Forest had children. Some of them had lots of children! These children grew into young adults and were eager to start working. Rabbit was very excited about the whole thing. He hired many new animals in the Oakwood Shoe Shop. The first animal he hired was Toad. He taught Toad how to make shoes and the two of them worked side-by-side. Later on, he hired more animals. He hired Ant. He hired Bear. And he hired several squirrels.

Shipping technology advanced, so the Oakwood Shoe Shop merged with the Sherwood Shoe Store. The Sherwood employees (which included Gopher, Groundhog, and several chipmunks) relocated to Oakwood Forest in order to make it easier for Rabbit to watch over everyone and used the improved technology to ship shoes to customers in both the Oakwood and Sherwood regions at a reasonable cost.

Rabbit was a smart guy. Instead of teaching each animal how to make shoes and having them all work slowly side-by-side, he taught each one a specialized task. Here is what the office looked like:

Rabbit: Chief executive officer.
Toad: Marketing specialist.
Ant: Human resources.
Bear: Competition analyst.
1st squirrel: Shoe sole design engineer.
2nd squirrel: Shoe sole materials specialist.
3rd squirrel: Shoe sole pricing specialist.
4th squirrel: Shoe sole supply chain consultant.
Gopher: Tool shed organization specialist.
Groundhog: Chief financial officer.
1st chipmunk: Shoestring design engineer.
2nd chipmunk: Shoestring materials specialist.
3rd chipmunk: Shoestring pricing specialist.
4th chipmunk: Shoestring supply chain consultant.

Thanks to increases in technology and the size of the workforce, Oakwood Shoe Store had become a super-efficient beacon of corporate productivity!

But it came at a cost. Back when Rabbit and Toad were the only ones working at the Oakwood Shoe Store, each one felt like he made a real difference, keeping the animals of Oakwood Forest’s feet safe and sound. The 3rd chipmunk knew that he was helping the cute little footsies of Oakwood Forest and Sherwood Forest in some way, but his job as Shoestring pricing specialist was so distant from the end product that he had trouble feeling like his life had any sense of meaning.

Moral: join a church.

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American Fables says:
***How technology and overpopulation took away the meaning of life***

The early morning sun shone down on Oakwood Forest. It looked like it would be a beautiful spring day. Rabbit hopped out of bed and stretched his legs. He grabbed a carrot for breakfast and bounded off to the Oakwood Shoe Shop for work.

Rabbit’s job was to make shoes for all of the animals in Oakwood Forest. He loved his job and felt a real sense of purpose, keeping everyone’s feet safe and sound!

Over the years, some of the animals in Oakwood Forest had children. Some of them had lots of children! These children grew into young adults and were eager to start working. Rabbit was very excited about the whole thing. He hired many new animals in the Oakwood Shoe Shop. The first animal he hired was Toad. He taught Toad how to make shoes and the two of them worked side-by-side. Later on, he hired more animals. He hired Ant. He hired Bear. And he hired several squirrels.

Shipping technology advanced, so the Oakwood Shoe Shop merged with the Sherwood Shoe Store. The Sherwood employees (which included Gopher, Groundhog, and several chipmunks) relocated to Oakwood Forest in order to make it easier for Rabbit to watch over everyone and used the improved technology to ship shoes to customers in both the Oakwood and Sherwood regions at a reasonable cost.

Rabbit was a smart guy. Instead of teaching each animal how to make shoes and having them all work slowly side-by-side, he taught each one a specialized task. Here is what the office looked like:

Rabbit: Chief executive officer.
Toad: Marketing specialist.
Ant: Human resources.
Bear: Competition analyst.
1st squirrel: Shoe sole design engineer.
2nd squirrel: Shoe sole materials specialist.
3rd squirrel: Shoe sole pricing specialist.
4th squirrel: Shoe sole supply chain consultant.
Gopher: Tool shed organization specialist.
Groundhog: Chief financial officer.
1st chipmunk: Shoestring design engineer.
2nd chipmunk: Shoestring materials specialist.
3rd chipmunk: Shoestring pricing specialist.
4th chipmunk: Shoestring supply chain consultant.

Thanks to increases in technology and the size of the workforce, Oakwood Shoe Store had become a super-efficient beacon of corporate productivity!

But it came at a cost. Back when Rabbit and Toad were the only ones working at the Oakwood Shoe Store, each one felt like he made a real difference, keeping the animals of Oakwood Forest’s feet safe and sound. The 3rd chipmunk knew that he was helping the cute little footsies of Oakwood Forest and Sherwood Forest in some way, but his job as Shoestring pricing specialist was so distant from the end product that he had trouble feeling like his life had any sense of meaning.

Moral: join a church.

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American Fables says:
***How technology and overpopulation took away the meaning of life***

The early morning sun shone down on Oakwood Forest. It looked like it would be a beautiful spring day. Rabbit hopped out of bed and stretched his legs. He grabbed a carrot for breakfast and bounded off to the Oakwood Shoe Shop for work.

Rabbit’s job was to make shoes for all of the animals in Oakwood Forest. He loved his job and felt a real sense of purpose, keeping everyone’s feet safe and sound!

Over the years, some of the animals in Oakwood Forest had children. Some of them had lots of children! These children grew into young adults and were eager to start working. Rabbit was very excited about the whole thing. He hired many new animals in the Oakwood Shoe Shop. The first animal he hired was Toad. He taught Toad how to make shoes and the two of them worked side-by-side. Later on, he hired more animals. He hired Ant. He hired Bear. And he hired several squirrels.

Shipping technology advanced, so the Oakwood Shoe Shop merged with the Sherwood Shoe Store. The Sherwood employees (which included Gopher, Groundhog, and several chipmunks) relocated to Oakwood Forest in order to make it easier for Rabbit to watch over everyone and used the improved technology to ship shoes to customers in both the Oakwood and Sherwood regions at a reasonable cost.

Rabbit was a smart guy. Instead of teaching each animal how to make shoes and having them all work slowly side-by-side, he taught each one a specialized task. Here is what the office looked like:

Rabbit: Chief executive officer.
Toad: Marketing specialist.
Ant: Human resources.
Bear: Competition analyst.
1st squirrel: Shoe sole design engineer.
2nd squirrel: Shoe sole materials specialist.
3rd squirrel: Shoe sole pricing specialist.
4th squirrel: Shoe sole supply chain consultant.
Gopher: Tool shed organization specialist.
Groundhog: Chief financial officer.
1st chipmunk: Shoestring design engineer.
2nd chipmunk: Shoestring materials specialist.
3rd chipmunk: Shoestring pricing specialist.
4th chipmunk: Shoestring supply chain consultant.

Thanks to increases in technology and the size of the workforce, Oakwood Shoe Store had become a super-efficient beacon of corporate productivity!

But it came at a cost. Back when Rabbit and Toad were the only ones working at the Oakwood Shoe Store, each one felt like he made a real difference, keeping the animals of Oakwood Forest’s feet safe and sound. The 3rd chipmunk knew that he was helping the cute little footsies of Oakwood Forest and Sherwood Forest in some way, but his job as Shoestring pricing specialist was so distant from the end product that he had trouble feeling like his life had any sense of meaning.

Moral: join a church.

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Hah says:
It’s hilarious that the argument about technology being harmful is supported by someone who obviously uses their technology a little too much by checking this website and replying more than once.
I applaud you, haha.
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Hah says:
It’s hilarious that the argument about technology being harmful is supported by someone who obviously uses their technology a little too much by checking this website and replying more than once.
I applaud you, haha.
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Hah says:
It’s hilarious that the argument about technology being harmful is supported by someone who obviously uses their technology a little too much by checking this website and replying more than once.
I applaud you, haha.
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Rotha says:
I think that technology can improve our life but sometime it is so dangerous when people use it in wrong way.
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Rotha says:
I think that technology can improve our life but sometime it is so dangerous when people use it in wrong way.
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Rotha says:
I think that technology can improve our life but sometime it is so dangerous when people use it in wrong way.
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jueshaint says:
Good Technology? Bad Technology? i think this issues is the same with outher. the problem that we have from the technology is cause we self. for exampel when we use anythings about technology, we don’t now wht the impact will we have. so think by our self, and improve we self from we problem.
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jueshaint says:
Good Technology? Bad Technology? i think this issues is the same with outher. the problem that we have from the technology is cause we self. for exampel when we use anythings about technology, we don’t now wht the impact will we have. so think by our self, and improve we self from we problem.
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jueshaint says:
Good Technology? Bad Technology? i think this issues is the same with outher. the problem that we have from the technology is cause we self. for exampel when we use anythings about technology, we don’t now wht the impact will we have. so think by our self, and improve we self from we problem.
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Rodriguez says:
…sorry i ment 40 year old virgins
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Rodriguez says:
…sorry i ment 40 year old virgins
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Rodriguez says:
…sorry i ment 40 year old virgins
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Rodriguez says:
hahaha zack who the hell would commit suicide over someone else making fun of their improper grammar spelling. you virgins can cut the crap and go back to playing Halo in your parents basement hahaha people these days
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Rodriguez says:
hahaha zack who the hell would commit suicide over someone else making fun of their improper grammar spelling. you virgins can cut the crap and go back to playing Halo in your parents basement hahaha people these days
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Rodriguez says:
hahaha zack who the hell would commit suicide over someone else making fun of their improper grammar spelling. you virgins can cut the crap and go back to playing Halo in your parents basement hahaha people these days
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Blake Seison says:
You’re all wrong. Chuck Norris.
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Blake Seison says:
You’re all wrong. Chuck Norris.
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Blake Seison says:
You’re all wrong. Chuck Norris.
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t4 says:
well i wonder how it would be if in the future we actually talked in internet slang it would be like “funny joke here”, “lol” that would just be really saddddddd it wouldn’t even be funny.
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t4 says:
well i wonder how it would be if in the future we actually talked in internet slang it would be like “funny joke here”, “lol” that would just be really saddddddd it wouldn’t even be funny.
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