POV: Technology: a troubling habit

Editor's Note: The author is a senior at Bethlehem Central High School and is interning at Spotlight Newspapers.

Not a day goes by when technology doesn’t affect our lives. I’m sitting here at my desk at Spotlight News with my phone to my right, my iPod to the left, my iPad right in front of me as I’m typing on it, and a computer in front of that. Technology really does control our everyday lives. It’s always around us and it seems near impossible to escape.

When I was younger we only had one big, bulky computer in my house. Back then, I would spend my time outside with my friends and only on weekends or at nighttime when it was too dark to play outside would I use the computer. But nowadays, it seems to be the other way around. Kids, myself included, are spending more time inside than out and that is a growing problem. I’d like to think I got lucky with my generation because we can still see the benefit in playing outside and physical activity. But there are still a large group of kids who never leave a screen.

I’m more concerned about health issues than anything else when it comes to the increasing amount of technology in our lives. Kids and adults are spending way too much time looking at computers or TVs, and studies have shown it can damage their eyes. Not only that, but there is also a weight concern for people who get minimal physical activity. Some adults sit in a cubicle all day staring at a computer screen, and some kids spend every hour they can outside of school on the computer or a game system.

The average adult is awake for 15 hours and 45 minutes every day, and 45 percent of that time is spent using some form of technology. We now spend almost half of our waking hours either online, on the phone, or watching television according to one survey. But these habits are not rare at all. We are now exposed to technology 24/7 and with new gizmos and gadgets coming out every week we are constantly pressured into pursuing the newest things.

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