Is Technology a Double-Edged Sword?

There’s no doubt that technology has significantly changed the way we communicate. Today cell phones, email and the Internet top the list of preferred communication methods.

While Internet-based social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook are fine for persons physical miles away – for instance allowing grandparents to see updates and pictures of grandchildren instantly, rather than waiting for the pictures to arrive in the mail – have we gone too far when technology allows us to act less human?

For example, when a mother and daughter can resort to chatting via Skype from their bedrooms in the same house, instead of enjoying each other’s company over a cup of tea, then we know for sure that we have lost the human touch.

Society seems to have accepted, if not embraced, the increased role technology now plays in everyday life. But I often wonder whether or not we are losing touch with what it’s like to treat a human being like a person, instead of like an e-mail address or a screen name.

Is convenience through technology becoming a double-edged sword?


One thought on “Is Technology a Double-Edged Sword?

  1. This is quite a good observation, and food for thought. Like a lot of things that make our lives easier in this world can also work to our disadvantage , once we let it. We even go so far as to call Technology “smart”, like it has a human personality. I too often see the lost of the human touch in many of the day to day involvement with Technology and it is a sad day when what you have described becomes the “New Normal” in our society.

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