Addicted to technology............

  • MikePhilPerez

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    Feb 21, 2008 12:03 AM GMT
    I heard on the news today, about research that has been done, that shows we are getting addicted to technology, and if it is not tackled, it will have serious consequences.

    It says, for example, that when doing a task with some piece of technology, people take longer to do it because, they like using the tec device.

    Any thoughts? Are we getting addicted?

  • iHavok

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    Feb 21, 2008 1:55 AM GMT
    my phone broke on saturday, and i was very sad.
    but only cause that means i missed out taking photos of Bidwell park hiking trip 08
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    Feb 21, 2008 2:05 AM GMT
    I know lots of people with the 'newest thing'. Gadgets that have to be the latest technology even though they have no real need for it.
    I got a fairly high powered dual processor workstation for the 3D modeling and rendering that I do as well as graphics and video work. My brother had to get a 'better' workstation. He did. The absurd thing is that he uses it to surf the net and not much else. It's like the people with PDA's that don't know how to use them or only use the most basic functions. My favorite is someone I know who got a very large 50+ inch plasma 1080i TV and they have no HD broadcast or HD feed or player of any kind and no immediate plans to get it.

    Plus, just because its High Tech doesn't make it better.

    I do see the potentail for addiction, but there are more serious issues to worry about other than this fetish.
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    Feb 21, 2008 2:37 AM GMT
    Are we getting addicted?


    I love technology, I consider my computer a part of the family. Hell I use technology everyday (being an IT professional).

    One time my internet access at home was gone for about two weeks. I thought I would go crazy, but the exact opposite happened. During those two weeks I talked to family and friends more, I went outside and enjoyed well...being outside. I went hiking, camping and enjoyed the outdoors with friends.

    Since then I've learned to balance the outdoors and technology, I've really grown to appreciate what's outside my door, Santa Fe is a really beautiful town.

    Even though my love for the outdoors has been reignited I love that my phone is my music player, calendar, and everything in between.

    So yeah we are addicted but that will change soon after we invent skynet, I just hope it is not in my lifetime.
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    Feb 21, 2008 2:45 AM GMT
    Yes, of course.

    I am a technology professional and see it all the time. Especially in college graduates who can't do simple Algebra in their head(or for that matter even a times table without a calculator).

    I am a big advocate of 'LOW TECHNOLOGY' : The simplest solution that will completely satisfy the problem.

    I admit to being a gadget freak as much as anyone. I love to use them. But you can't let technology 'dumb you down', which is what happens to most people.
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    Feb 21, 2008 2:56 AM GMT
    It would take an unprecedented cultural trend to reverse the increasing dependence of technology. Even Stephen Hawking has given in to the unstoppable trend toward the cybernetic human evolution.

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    Feb 21, 2008 3:03 AM GMT
    Lets see. Flat Screen, DVR, PS3, iPod, Laptop, Desktop, Cell, Bluetooth, Ultreo Toothbrush, yeah I got a problem.

    What we really need are vibrating butt-plug pagers so you can send your man an I-Love-Ring while he's at work.
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    Feb 21, 2008 3:04 AM GMT
    I agree that we do rely on technology too much. I work for the LARGEST cable company in the country. (I'm sure you guys are smart enough to figure that one out!!) and people go absolutely APE SHIT if the cable flickers or the Internet goes out.

    But at some point were all slaves to it. Look at us on this site, sitting in front of our desktops or laptops.
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    Feb 21, 2008 10:15 AM GMT

    Personally I can't hardly wait... LOL
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    Feb 21, 2008 1:43 PM GMT
    I think it's changed our lives so much for the better, a study that says addicited to technology is just the media trying to get attention everything has to be an addiction or harmful.

    I mean I could go back to having no ATMS, wired technolgy, no digital music, being bound to the hours of 9 to 5, payphones, 5 tv channels, paper tickets and contact centres, those phones with the swirly dial, washing my own dishes, making my own ice, sending letters

    Actually on second it sounds like the stone age. though nope I'd suffer withdrawl and end up huddled in the corner crying

    This one always gets Americans who visit Europe most the supermarkets here have machines for you to scan & checkout your own groceries and insert cash and credit cards. I haven't had a person checkout my grocery shopping in 3 months.

  • feartree

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    Feb 21, 2008 1:51 PM GMT
    My 83 y/o grandmother has two TVs, a TiVo, a receiver w/ CD player and XM satellite radio, a cell phone, a cordless phone w/ digital answering machine and knows how to work them all. Some call it addiction. Some might call it adaptation... icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 21, 2008 2:12 PM GMT
    omg yes. computer/internet, ps2, wii, xbox 360, my cell, tv... all these things if I have to go a week without I feel like I'm gonna go crazy... esp. the computer.. we are all addicted and we know it!icon_exclaim.gif
  • Grimlock

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    Feb 21, 2008 2:23 PM GMT
    Back in the day when I helped my dad out with his cram school, I used to get frustrated that the kids would give up trying to do simple arithmetic in their head, and ask to do it on the calculator instead. Don't get me wrong, I love technology, but I think we are too dependent on it. I can't imagine some people surviving very long if all the technology in the world were to suddenly shut down, especially the Paris Hilton's of the world. ;)
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    Feb 21, 2008 3:32 PM GMT
    What I would like to know is who is everyone talking to on their cell phones? Every where I go there are people talking all the time on their cell phones. icon_question.gif

    My partner and I are actually in the market for a cell phone. We haven't had one in over 5 years. (don't laugh) We are only getting one for "emergencies" but I know we will start talking on the phone all the time. We will be assimilated...resistance is futile.

    Then we will become the people that are on the phone all the time that I just spoke about. icon_rolleyes.gif