random thoughts about technology

11:51 PM

I have an extreme love-hate relationship with technology. It's so convenient and it's almost always available, and I'm not sure if that's good or bad. It's almost sickening how many people, myself included, feel the need to pull out their phones while they're talking to someone literally in front of them. It's as if we place more importance on the people we are texting than the people we are physically next to. Of course I love all of my technology. I can't imagine how people lived without iPads and smartphones, which I'm assuming was around the same time period that the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.


There are conflicting ideas that state that technology either ruins or enhances relationships and the self. We have this opportunity to connect with our grandparents who live several states away from us, but we can also stalk our boyfriends' Facebooks to see who liked their statuses so we can interrogate them  about the likers' intentions. We can look up the proper way to apply a medicine, or we can check WebMD to confirm that that bump you had on your left inner ankle three hours ago really is cancer and not a bug bite like your stupid doctor keeps suggesting. It's so strange to me that we can take something that could produce so much good, and use it to harm ourselves or others. Can't even begin to list all of the cancers that WebMD has given me...

I hate the idea that people are always readily available or easily reached. I expect everyone to answer my texts three seconds before it even sends, and then get pissed if it takes more than five minutes to reply. Oh, you were in class? Drop out of college so you can pay attention to me. But don't you dare get upset with me when I don't reply because I have to beat 2048. I have my priorities straight. There almost seems to be no sense of privacy. Anyone can contact you at any point, even if you're in Italy and their texts cost you $700,000 each. People can hack into your accounts or your cameras, which makes you paranoid and then you put a bandage over your webcam and people judge you. It's weird and I don't like it. Don't even get me started on the fact that the internet is apparently a version of a permanent record that affects your future more than the school one ever would have...

I think I should just go to sleep, and maybe stop typing every word that enters my mind...

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