The Risks of Technology

Maneesha Dhanda, Staff Writer

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Albert Einstein once said, “ I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction.” Has Einstein’s fear finally been realized?

Go back ten years ago. Going out in public, you’d see people having fun and socializing with each other. Nowadays you can’t go out in public without running into people glued to their personal devices. Whether they’re texting or tuned out by their earbuds, it seems like last thing they want to do is engage in a face-to-face conversation. You see friends seemingly spending time together all while and they’re all having their own conversations with others through a digital screen. With how quickly technology has evolved, we’d often rather stay in and browse the Internet and text rather than go out and see people in person. Are these decisions that we’re making about being a technologically savvy generation also making us lazier? Why go out and see your friend when it’s easier to call? Why buy a new shirt at the mall when it’s easier to order one online?

Although we don’t notice it, technology really is everywhere. Think about how your day would go if you had no access to your mobile device. Would you be able to survive? Nowadays, the constant attachment to our phones is nothing out of the ordinary, but when will we consider it too much? In the midst of this attachment to technology, we don’t realize how technology is affecting us. When we do go out and about, we tend to keep ourselves preoccupied with our phones. Going out of our way to keep human interaction to a minimum has begun to raise some big questions. Have we become an antisocial society? Is Einstein’s fear becoming a reality?

Alongside the social threats that technology brings, there are the health concerns, which often go unrecognized. In 2011, cell phones were found to have a link to the development of cancer by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Cellular devices are carcinogenic due to the radiofrequency energy that they transmit. There are minor links between cell phone radioactivity and cancer and more studies are underway to justify these findings. Although cell phone radiation doesn’t play a significant role in developing cancer, it’s better to be safe and not put your life at risk. With constant changes in research, it’s hard to even imagine what health concerns may be reached next when it comes to cell phone radioactivity. So next time, think about the harm you’re risking when putting your phone up to your ear, even if it is just to make yourself seem preoccupied. Instead, try having a conversation with the person next to you, you might find it worthwhile to meet someone new rather than pretending to be busy.

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