How does technology change our brains and society?
Technology has increased dramatically. People say technology is taking over, which is true. Is that a bad thing? I started to think maybe technology has a negative effect on us and we don’t even know. This topic caught my eye and I became interested to know if it’s possible for technology to rewire our brains. This is how my topic came about. Does technology change our brains and society, and if it does, how?
Most of the research I did was based on what others think about this topic too. There were no real facts/evidence that this might be true. Do we really need evidence? Not everything can be proven in a lab. The research I did opened my mind and gave me new things to question and think about too. I think most people don’t realize how much technology has an effect on us. They're so used to it. They don’t stop and wonder whether or not there might be a negative side to all of this.
It is said that our brains are plastic. We adapt to the environment that they’re in, but we just don’t know whether that will lead to necessarily positive or negative outcomes. The effects of technology are not straightforward. This makes you wonder whether or not it affects our emotions and types of intelligence too. If our brains adapt to everything quickly, then it probably doesn't have a significant effect on our brains after all. In the 90’s, one of the big things was being able to find information as opposed to being able to remember it. People back then used to memorize everybody's phone numbers and it took time to get information. Now we can get information in a second. I got this information from my first source: http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Feb11/HancockOneDayU.html.
I started to dig deeper into the topic, and came upon this second source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21128236.400-susan-greenfield-livi.... This article is basically saying that people rely on lab and evidence too much, and they don’t think. Sometimes you can’t just go into a lab and get the evidence overnight. This is totally true. It says the environment can change our brains. Susan Greenfield reviewed evidence that there’s a change in violence, distraction, and addiction in teens. It’s increasing by the minute. People spend most of their waking hours using technology.
My third source is: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/daniel-willingham/is-techn.... It says that we are becoming multi-tasking masters and our attention span is getting shorter. We’re supposed to use it as a tool. We need to use it wisely. It doesn't necessarily change our brains, but just knocks it around a bit. Technology offers the opportunity for expression to things that kids’ brains have always wanted to do. It’s hard to resist technology.
After all this research about technology and it’s effects. I come to realize maybe it’s nothing to worry about. This is what makes our world better. We can’t imagine our world without cars, computers or washing machines. There’s a lot of changes in our lives due to the advancement in technology. The only negative side to it is being more anti-social and the distractions. Technology has made communication easier such as phones and computers. Everything is durable, faster, efficient, reliable and cheaper.