Thread: Does our life revolve around technology today?

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    • 8 years 10 months ago
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    It's like an addiction you would feel a bit lost without but you wouldn't feel the need for it if you weren't introduced to it in the first place (but would that really be a good thing?)
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      • 8 years 10 months ago
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      This is a very open ended question. I'm guessing you mean technology as in the last 20 years and not simple stuff like running water and electricity. Everyones life revolves around those.

      I'm not into the smart phones, but life without a cell phone in general would suck though I don't use it much. The same with a GPS.I can live without one, but they make life so much easier.

      Computers have been a big part of my life. I work at home and it wouldn't be possible without a home computer and internet. I also use it for my main source of news and have become a hell of a lot more educated looking stuff up online.

      I have a HDTV and HD service, but I could live without it. Most of the stuff we have today is nothing new; it just has been improved over the years. Also they have become more affordable for everyone. For example VCR's and microwaves were expensive when they first came out and later everyone could afford them. My GPS cost $1000 when I bought it. Now you can get one for under $200. HDTV's use to cost $1000s and now you can get one for less than what a TV cost in the 1970s (adjusted for inflation)

      So other than the internet no my life doesn't revolve around technology today per say. However since it is there I take full advantage of it and you should too.
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        • 8 years 10 months ago
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        I think it would be practical to divide "technology" in two so the OP query can be tackled more effectively...

        1)Tech gadgets and all things related. For those we don't revolved around them even though they are handy.

        2)Tech advances in anything concerning human health. For those we indeed revolved around them now even more (electricity/runnimg water/medicine and so on).
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          • 8 years 10 months ago
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          In a word- yes

          In two words- most certainly
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            • 8 years 10 months ago
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            Well we don't revolved around it since humankind didn't have it and survived... it doesn't exist without us but at this level of civilization we are on is indispensable.

            Ah but see? This was your original philosophical question, do our lives revolve around technology?

            No. Technology would not exist without us and therefore it revolves around us rather than the other way around.

            When a person wake up in the morning he/she turns on the light... thats some tech right there. Breakfast in the microwave... thats another one... and so on.

            Well I don't turn on the light as I think it's a waste of energy, I leave the shades open and let natural light into my house. I also don't make breakfast in the microwave, yuck. I usually use a pan and an oven (or eat a bowl of cereal-all of which were made by technology anyway.) This is besides the point, there are many societies who simply pick their breakfast off of a bush or tree. If you happen to have a garden or natural growing plants in your yard, you're probably one of them. Notice how in history certain societies were more advanced than others? I think a lot of this had to do with the fact that certain geographical areas had more natural resources than others. The further north you go, the less amount of vegetation grows and it was necessary for societal growth in order to 1. build technology or 2. steal it from those who have it.

            Of course humans can survived without it but I guarantee you that it wouldn't be for long having in mind the modern civilization we are in. Even those who live in the woods are not completely free from it.

            See that's not true, there are plenty of societies in the world (That live in the woods I might add) that have literally no technology. I think it would be improper to base this argument only on modern society considering how little we represent the conditions of everyone around the world. How many people live in the modernized world? I can't imagine it adds up to anything more than 2 billion.

            I do agree that people in modern society really love technology and use it a lot during the day, but to say that we wouldn't survive without it is an overstatement.
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              • 8 years 10 months ago
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              Quote by Felixthecat34213
              Well I don't turn on the light as I think it's a waste of energy, I leave the shades open and let natural light into my house. I also don't make breakfast in the microwave, yuck.


              Oh yah my bad. I didn't know you also talk with "Wilson".

              Quote by Felixthecat34213
              See that's not true, there are plenty of societies in the world (That live in the woods I might add) that have literally no technology.


              But still have. Even the Amish people use electricity (wich is part of technology/advances) in some situations. But this people and perhaps other societies are like taking a handfull of sand from the beach and STILL use some tech.

              Quote by Felixthecat34213
              How many people live in the modernized world? I can't imagine it adds up to anything more than 2 billion.


              PFFF what?!... are you crazy?!.. the WHOLE WIDE WORLD IS MODERNIZED. Even the smaller countries/islands.


              Quote by Felixthecat34213
              I do agree that people in modern society really love technology and use it a lot during the day, but to say that we wouldn't survive without it is an overstatement.


              Well if we take the technological advances in medicine your statement is invalid.

              Quote by Felixthecat34213
              I usually use a pan and an oven


              I rest my case :arrow:
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                • 8 years 10 months ago
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                Quote by Dyzfunk7ional

                Well if we take the technological advances in medicine your statement is invalid.

                Yea the average life of a male was 45 years of age and the infant mortality rate was very high before technological advances in medicine.
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                  • 8 years 9 months ago
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                  I think we can safely assume that he meant technology as we know it today (i.e. IPods, HDTVs, desktop computers, laptops). I will answer the question in the literal sense, which is the way I believe it was intended. Does my life revolve around technology? No. I would not really consider myself a technology enthusiast to the extent where everything I do or enjoy is about the latest technology that has come out. Do I use technology to enjoy and research the things that my life DOES revolve around, such as movies, music, what I do for a living, conversing with complete strangers about nostalgia, and keeping in touch with friends and family, or do I use technology to make enjoying those things easier? Yes. Now, if the latter is what he meant, then the question should have been worded, "How many people would consider themselves dependent on technology?". I am sure the responses would have been much different.
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                    • 8 years 9 months ago
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                    I am most certain that our society is revolved around technology. There isn't a day that goes by that people can just put down the phone, leave the computer off, leave the tv off, and do something that doesn't involve some sort of the latest technology. If we took away the internet, people would be forced to do research through an actual book if that's what they needed. Or maybe they would go outside to entertain themselves or their children instead of depending on what movie is on the television or what the computer has to offer. If we took away texting or the internet, we would be forced to actually socialize with people instead of trying to communicate over text or meet people on the net.

                    Technology has been a good thing too. I'm not bashing it. I use a computer and I text my boyfriend all day long. In fact, that's how him and I reunited. But it's also the cause of a lot of angst and anxiety for some people. If you can't go a day without using the computer because you're bored or need a way of an escape from your life, then something should probably be done differently in your life. There's more to do in this lifetime besides stare at a computer screen all day long and every day. Unless of course you own a business and work from home.
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                      • 8 years 9 months ago
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                        Yeah, my life does revolve around technology, especially now that I'm not in the US.

                        I rely on it to keep in contact with my folks back home through e-mail and Skype, hence my relying on this laptop I'm on.

                        Other than that, I don't really rely on too much...'cept for the basic junk.
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                          Quote by VHSman1991
                          Interesting topic. I want everyone to think for the second about how they feel when the government took away analog TV and also want you to think back to those nostalgic VHS tapes.
                          That might explain how technology can ruin us in some way.

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                          Honestly, I wonder if I am part-technophobic or just a little weird.
                          Wow, you know, I was a bit upset when they got rid of analog and I still miss VHS.

                          I'm a bit "technologically impaired" and have actually been told that I need to "join the 21st century". I'm just a very simplistic person and don't need a lot of technology to entertain me. I still don't have a cell phone and was never into them much. That aside, I just use the laptop to play music and all that. Had an iPod Nano, but that's dead now.
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