CLICK! help us connect to our friends and

CLICK! There’s a girl
texting as she’s walking down the hall to her next class. CLICK! There’s a
toddler playing Angry Birds, swiping his finger across the screen. CLICK!
There’s a second grader turning on the TV to watch SpongeBob SquarePants.
CLICK! CLICK! CLICK! That’s the sound that is heard too often. Technology has
been created to help us connect to our friends and family. It is in our lives
to help us communicate quickly and work more effectively. It gives us the
ability to collaborate with others and talk to people across the world within
minutes, but is it possible to misuse this amazing gift? This technology has
been a huge advantage for us but take a glance around and notice more faces in
their phones than talking to the person sitting right across from them. I
believe that technology is to blame for this disconnection in the world today.
Technology has a bad impact on humanity today and it might even affect our

According to the Meriam
Webster dictionary, separation anxiety is “a form of anxiety experienced by a
young child and caused by separation from a significant nurturant figure and
typically a parent or from familiar surroundings”. This is saying that young
children develop this anxiety when they are taken away from a parent. This
mainly occurs when the child starts preschool. This term is used for young
children, but it is now also being used for teenagers when they are away from their
phones for a certain amount of time. 94% of teens worry about losing their
smartphones because of the strong emotional connection they have to their
phones. Because of this, the Merriam Webster dictionary created a new term, Nomophobia,
which means “the fear of being without access to a working phone.” This means
that because of all the smartphones in today’s world, teens are becoming more
addicted to just having their phones in their hands. Dr. David Greenfield, a
psychologist and founder of the center for technology and internet addiction,
says “smartphones are essentially the world’s smallest slot machines. It’s very
neurologically addicting… When you get a hit – finding something or hearing
from someone, you get an elevation of dopamine, and it compels us to keep
checking.” Dopamine is also known as the feel-good brain chemical, the brain
releases dopamine whenever the musical sound on the phone dings. Dr. David
Greenfield compares the smartphone to a slot machine because slot machines
signal a win with the “Ching Ching Ching” sound of the coins falling just as a
phone dings when someone receives a message. When a person receives more
alerts, the brain releases more dopamine, increasing the likelihood of that
person repeating the behavior. This addiction can lead to some risky behavior,
for example texting and driving. 97% of teens agree that texting while driving
is dangerous and yet 43% of those teens still do it. Teens are so drawn to
their phones, they act as if they can’t look up for even a second. It’s almost
as if the phones are controlling their bodies. When looking around there are a
lot of heads down in their phones. I admit I am guilty of doing the same thing,
but this behavior is getting out of control and is especially disrespectful
when people are walking together in a group and they don’t bother speaking to
one another. Addiction to phones can be very dangerous and is not good for
anyone’s social behavior. Phones are becoming so addictive that it’s hard to
communicate with others who are near.

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The cell phones are not the only thing that
can be addicting, the TV is another electronic that can be addicting,
especially in my family. I have a little sister who turns on the TV as soon as
she gets home, and I have two little brothers who can’t hear a thing unless
someone stands in front of the TV. During dinner, if the TV doesn’t get turned
off, there is no talking. Families are spending a little over half an hour a
week together which means 0.29% of a week is spent with family. This means that
people are spending more time with their electronics than with their blood
relatives. In the book Fahrenheit 451,
just like my little sister, Mildred is addicted to the TV. “‘Will you turn the
parlor off’ he asked. ‘That is my family.'” (Bradbury 46). In this part of the
book, Mildred is captivated by the parlor walls to the point where she doesn’t
want to turn it off. She thinks of the parlor as her family. Earlier in this
same chapter, she even asks her husband, Montag, for a fourth wall for the
parlor. Her “family” is all Mildred talks about in the book and it makes me
think how involved TVs have become in our daily lives.

Addictions to electronics are bad, but that’s
not the only thing to worry about. With all this technology today, the world
has become more impatient. The struggle of waiting one minute for the laptop to
load has become unbearable to most teenagers. Due to having everything in a
touch of a finger, there are expectations for things to come to us fast which
is making us impatient. Some people don’t even think fast food is fast anymore.
In the book Fahrenheit 451, Clarisse
shows Montag how impatient the world has become. “‘If you showed a driver a
green blur, oh yes, he’d say, that’s grass! A pink blur? That’s a rose garden!
White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows. My uncle drove slowly on a
highway once. He drove 40 miles an hour and they jailed him for two days…'”
(Bradbury 6). Clarisse notices what others don’t. She takes life slow and
smells the roses which is something forgotten from time to time. Life is a big
blur to most people and the electronics aren’t helping. With everything
happening so fast, it’s hard to find time to sit back and just watch the clouds
move from left to right in the sky. The world now is an impatient world. When
something doesn’t work on the first try, most people would give up or get mad.
For example, when I was in high school, there was slow internet and if someone
were to just take a walk around the building looking in classrooms, they would
more than likely find some students getting mad and tapping their screens with
their finger nails.

A well-known saying, “patience is a virtue”,
is something some people need to learn. Patience is a virtue is the ability to
wait for something without frustration and it’s a useful skill and a good
aspect of one’s personality. Having patience will give us a happier life and
not the fake happiness that was described in the book Fahrenheit 451. In that book, they threw any book, that upset
someone, in the fire. Doing this didn’t make them happy, it just took away
their emotions to feel. Impatience is becoming a huge issue in the U.S. and
it’s not just that impatience is annoying it can also be harmful. In 2003, the
journal of the American Medical Association pointed out that impatience may
lead to increased risk of hypertension among young adults. This study helps us
understand which aspects of that behavior pattern may be unhealthy. Impatience
could also lead to obesity. That could be a long stretch to connect but my dad,
Dr. David Gorsuch, Chiropractor at Gorsuch Chiropractic, brought this up. More
and more people want instant satisfaction rather than wait for satisfaction. In
this case, instant satisfaction would be ice cream or a cupcake and when given
the choice to exercise or eat something yummy, most would choose the delicious
snack which may be yummy at first but won’t create happiness in the long run. Impatience
may not be the main reason there is obesity but there is still a connection
between the two. Impatience is a negative effect of having too much electronics
in our lives and having everything in a touch of a finger but having everything
in the palms of our hands doesn’t just give us impatience it also makes us

Just like Dory, most of us don’t have the
greatest memory these days. Digital Dementia is a term discovered by top German
neuroscientist Manfred Spitzer in his 2012 book, Digital Dementia. The term is
used to describe “how overuse of technology is resulting in the breakdown of
cognitive ability in a way that is more commonly seen in people who have
suffered a head injury or psychiatric illness.” When growing up, it took me a
few years to memorize my home number and address, but kids today grow up not
needing to remember things like phone numbers because they just plug it into
their phones. Today, most kids are lucky to remember their family members
numbers. According to Byun Gi-won, a doctor at the balance Brain Center in
Seoul, “It may seem like the easy way out, but can lead to development of the
rational, linear, fact-finding skills of the left side of the brain at the
expense of the right side which is more intuitive, imaginative and emotional”.
Instead of trying to remember things teenagers and most adults just plug it
into their phones to remind them of events or phone numbers. Doing so can lead
to some negative affects to the memory part of the brain. A growing number of
adults, too, are getting involved with their technology and are overusing
technology which can lead to lateralization of brain function which means the
brain suffers imbalance. Damage to the right side of the brain is associated
with deficits in ability to concentrate, short attention, memory span, etc. How
many of us can recall everyone that is on their contacts? Or what about the
name of that actor or actress? There is very few of us who would recall
information organically, instead most would just go straight to Google and look
it up. Most of us have become terrifyingly dependent on technology to the point
that our brains are being ruined.

In the book Fahrenheit 451, when Montag was being chased for his crimes,
instead of finding him, the government found some stranger and made everyone who
was watching the television, believe that the stranger was Montag. They did
this by not showing the stranger clearly, but clear enough to tell that it was
a person (Bradbury 142). In this part of the book, it shows that not everything
on TV or the internet is going to be true. Even the government can lie to cover
up one of their own mistakes. Most people are gullible and believe whatever
they read or see on the internet, but doing a little research doesn’t hurt. It
may take some time but knowing the truth is better than believing a lie. A
false reality is another thing that social media traps us in. Most people when
posting something on social media will only post positive things about their
life, which makes sense because who would want to announce to the world that
their life sucks? Because of this some people feel the need to give off a false
reality trying to fit in with the rest of social media, making themselves more
depressed and not giving off a positive behavior. A false reality might sound
like something nice to make everyone else think that your life is amazing but
the only way to have a good life is to be honest to you and your followers
about your life.

Cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc. are handy
and have a lot of benefits but not the way we are using it. According to Dr.
Kimberly Young, a professor at St. Bonaventure University in New York, “the
problem is similar to an eating disorder. Technology, like food, is an
essential part of daily life, and those suffering from disordered online
behavior cannot give it up entirely and instead have to learn moderation and
controlled use.” I agree with Dr. Kimberly Young, I too think that we don’t
need to be completely off electronics, but we do need space. In the book Fahrenheit 451 there is a lot of
electronics that can be nice and helpful, but having too much takes you away
from mother nature, just like Montag, we all need to step back and realize the
details in a rose or how fast the clouds move. Technology has been an issue and
has been changing how we behave. My face is usually in my phone or laptop, and
I haven’t really looked around much, but after reading Fahrenheit 451 it was like a glance in the future. I know the book
was published in 1953, but it still applies to today’s world. I now want to
change my use of electronics.

has been a great influence on us all, but that does not mean it was a good
influence. Technology is present in our lives and has been a huge help for some
situations, but we are a little too dependent on our devices. Most of the people
I have met, including me, need a detox from technology. Phones are something
amazing that has been invented and should be used for their original purpose.
To connect everyone more. I believe that technology is to blame for this disconnection in the world
today. Take a walk around UW-Whitewater and look and see how many groups of
people are on their phones and not talking to one another? When will the
disconnection stop? 


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