Is Technology Really the Problem?

Everyday, the world gets gifted with some sort of new technology, whether it be helpful or not. Most of the time, the new technology has many upsides and capabilities and that attracts kids. when kids and teens get their hands on new technology they tend to become addicted for a while and parents and adults seem to blame technology for having a negative impact on a kid’s life. Danah Boyd wrote, “It is easier for adults to blame technology for undesirable outcomes than to consider other social, cultural, and personal factors that may be at play” (Its Complicated, p.99). The thing is that Boyd is right. Yes, maybe technology is part of the reason for bad outcomes but I think it does not have a big enough impact to be the reason for bad things happening and I think adults do not understand that technology is part of kids lives now. Back in the day a lot of the technological things (Iphones, xbox, Ipads, tablets, etc) did not exist so adults were not capable of experiencing the same things kids do today, so when they comment about how technology is bad for the younger generations, they are arguing from a stance where they never got a hands on experience. I do think that society plays a big part in undesirable outcomes because the people in society have created a new norm of how to live and if someone does not live the same way then their considered an outcast so I think that all these expectations placed on the younger kids pressure them into becoming something they truly are not or they do not show their real identity.

Another thing Boyd wrote about was how children in today’s day and age are becoming addicted to technology, comparing it to drugs and alcohol abuse. I think that is going a bit over board with the comparisons because yes kids and teens tend to always seem to be on their phones and laptops but by doing that they’re still not causing harm to their bodies. In this little segment, they talk about how young people are not necessarily addicted to technology, but they over use it instead. Again, I have to bring it back to the fact that older people grew up in a whole new generation with less technology available to them so they don’t quite understand how life has changed dramatically and everything is so much different compared to their time period.

Author: Jay B

I'm a junior at the University of Delaware majoring in english and playing on the club lacrosse team

3 thoughts on “Is Technology Really the Problem?”

  1. Jay, It’s not clear to me yet how you want to use the video to “talk back” to boyd. Do you see it as supporting her views? contradicting them? exemplifying what she says about how adults views teen usage of media? I need more to understand what you’re trying to get at. ~Joe

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  2. I like how you mention Boyd’s quote about it being easier for parents to blame technology than other societal and cultural influences and factors. I think the internet can pose a danger, but is used too often as a scapegoat by adults. What they should really be considering is why their teen wants to use the internet so much, and maybe talk to them about it. This way, maybe we can begin to detach ourselves and future generations from these fake expectations and ideals social media poses on us.

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  3. It is easy for a parent or adult to blame social media, the internet, or cells phone for a teens attitude or personality, but maybe it’s not that? Maybe it’s the constant nagging of parents on their kids about social media that makes their child feel distant? I’m not sure

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