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The Digital Age

Today’s modern world has become plagued with a dependency on new technology. The technology that has become the most influential in our lives today is the use of smart phones. With the technology incorporated into these smart phones, we can use the internet and use the shortcuts provided to access news and social media anytime of the day or night. Technology developers continue to evolve our devices to make information overload a more serious problem in society today. With all these advances in technology, this question must be considered. Are the unintentional consequences of these improvements, and how do they impact our society?

Excessive use of electronics devices has played a huge role today in decreasing the attention span of the average human consumer. [1]The increase of internet addiction has been proven to have a direct correlation with depression and anxiety in users. Countless people struggle with meaningful social interactions and find that the ability and confidence to communicate and show emotion face to face alludes them. Everything we do in life require us to have skills in interacting with others interpersonal relationships at work and a sustainable relationship with a significant other. [2]Through the influence of online messaging, social media, and many other communicating applications, we have started to obscure that ability to truly communicate with others. [3]Today the average attention span is only 5 seconds and only 10 years ago the average was 12 minutes. [4]People throughout the world spend over 700 billion minutes on Facebook every month. About seven percent of the human population forget their own birthdays, 17 percent of page views last less than 4 seconds, and the younger generation has now been tested to have a lower attention span than the elderly. [5]The excessive use of these devices has now started to affect the chemistry of our brain. We now receive the same hormones when we are using social media as we received talking to someone face to face.  Because of this hormone spike we receive, it alters the desire or need for face to face interaction because we have an easier way to receive that emotional beast.

Technology has opened many pathways into marvelous inventions and life saving technology. The medical field has been significantly improved in the last 20 years with the ability to sustain human life for longer than ever before. We have machines that help us track diseases and after finding those diseases we have other technology to help us treat those patients. Since the human population is a very mobile society, we are always moving around the country and living in multiple parts of the world. With this increase in technology we are able to send medical records and scans all over the world, making it easier for doctors to work together to help the patient in all their needs.  [6]With more and more hospitals and practices using medical technology like mobile devices on the job, physicians can now have access to any type of information they need – from drug information, research and studies, patient history or records, and more – within mere seconds.. Technology has had a huge impact on the world of medicine by having the ability to scan bones and muscles which allows doctors to more efficiently and quickly diagnose and treat patients. For the medical field, the Digital Age has been essential to inventing new ways of healing and new approaches to preventing illness and disease problems.

While technology has been developed to save lives and bring advancements to countless gadgets that we have come to use every day, be it for casual use or for work purposes, these gadgets all have one thing in common, they all connect to the internet. Over the last 50 years, the internet has been a turning point in society by allowing us to connect to millions of sources of information and making all lives easier. [7]The Internet has revolutionized the computer and communications world like nothing before. The invention of the telegraph, telephone, radio, and computer set the stage for this unprecedented integration of capabilities. The Internet is at once a world-wide broadcasting capability, a mechanism for information dissemination, and a medium for collaboration and interaction between individuals and their computers without regard for geographic location. The Internet has made our lives easier than ever before with the all the information it provides us. We can communicate with people thousands of miles away with the simple push of a button. We have access to millions of sources of information to accomplish any task at hand. Internet use has become so common place that we simply forget how essential it is to us in all our interactions. But where there is good there is always the possibility for bad and the internet has plenty of mine fields.

Though we have been given access to limitless data and information, over 50 percent of users on the internet are bots and they account for half of all website traffic. There are some good bots that help us complete tasks on the internet, but statistics now say that in every 1 in 3 visitors to a website is an attack bot. [8]Good bots will crawl your website and bad bots will try to hack it regardless of how popular it is with the human folk. They will even keep visiting a domain in absence of all human traffic. Most of these bots are spambots that comment on social media platforms or send random messages. An attack bot will go silently and plant viruses on your computers and steal your information. [9]We have given these bots easy access due to all we put onto the internet through social media or buying from unknown websites. Last year over 16 billion dollars were stolen through the acts of identity theft and over 16 million people were attacked. We struggle every day to determine if what we read on the internet is true or false; we are now plagued with false information.

The Digital Age has given us countless ways to improve our lives with the ability to do more in the same time. We have developed millions of gadgets and machines to help the world as a whole. Technology has given developing countries the essentials to better the lives of their civilians. On the other end, technology including phones, computers, the internet as a whole, video games, and many other devices have taken control of our lives. In the end, we need to achieve a balance in letting technology improve our lives but not control it or diminish it.

 

[1] What Are The Pros And Cons Of The Internet PG 10

[2] What Are The Pros And Cons Of The Internet PG 4

[3] Gaille, Brandon. “17 Average Attention Span Statistics and Trends.” BrandonGaille.com, 23 May 2017, brandongaille.com/average-attention-span-statistics-and-trends/.

[4] What Are The Pros And Cons Of The Internet PG 31-32

[5]  What Are The Pros And Cons Of The Internet PG 35, 41

[6] “Medical Technology.” Healthcare Technology | Health Information Technology, 23 Dec. 2011, www.healthcarebusinesstech.com/medical-technology/.

[7] Leiner, Barry M, et al. “Brief History of the Internet.” Internet Society, 1997, www.internetsociety.org/internet/history-internet/brief-history-internet/.

[8] LaFrance, Adrienne. “The Internet Is Mostly Bots.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 31 Jan. 2017, www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/01/bots-bots-bots/515043/.

[9] What Are The Pros And Cons Of The Internet PG 7

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