Opinion: Sorry! We’re Having Technical Difficulties



Honestly, I’d be perfectly fine if my Chromebook was run over by a bulldozer and my phone smashed with a sledgehammer. If anything it would make me happier.

I’m sick and tired of having to rely on technology for nearly everything I do in daily life.

All of these tech devices are hogging up your time, and are so unreliable it’s laughable. Let’s not forget these technological miracles are causing serious health problems.  

Clearly, technology has sparked an addiction. According to CNN, the average American spends 10 hours and 39 minutes a day devoted to technology, whether it’s phones, personal computers, TV’s, tablets, or video games. That’s absurd! But, it’s not just adults.

Another study conducted by the Kaiser Foundation stated that children between the ages of eight and 18 spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes in front of a screen. It reminds me of the smoking epidemic, except where the cigarette today is technology.

Whatever happened to spending your free time playing a pickup game of basketball with your friends, or riding your bike through the neighborhood park? Nah! That’s not good enough anymore.

We all have to sit inside, put on a headset and play Fortnite until our thumbs feel like they’re going to fall off.

I swear some of my peers don’t know how to live without their cellphones. They constantly have to be checking them to make sure that last Snapchat sent. They are a modern day Linus from the Peanuts Gang: Instead of a blue blanket to hold on to for security, they grasp their cell phone. Good grief!

Of course, that’s not the only problem with technology. The reliability of actually working is laughable. For instance, when the Wi-Fi in school is down, it’s like the end of the world. All the teachers begin to panic because their plans are shot, and the students can’t do anything because all their school work is stored in Google-land.

Sure fried food may kill you, but technology can also eat away with your health.”

— Grace LeGars

WebMD says that due to the use of technology in and out of classrooms, children’s nearsightedness has gone from 25% to 42% in the past 30 years. However, I’m not very surprised by that statistic because it makes sense. All the looking at our computers, looking up from them, and looking back down is obviously very straining to the eyes. Even I have noticed a change in my vision because of staring at screens all the time. I’m going to have to get glasses for driving now because my eyesight has gone down in the past two years.

People are also having problems with their necks, shoulders, and fingers because of constantly looking down and typing. This is The Terminator come to life!   

I understand where people are coming from when they say, “Technology is awesome because it makes my life easier,” because, yeah, it is great to be able to communicate with people when you’re not right beside them. I use my phone to get a hold of family members all the time.

This technology epidemic has created more problems than it has solutions, and it’s only going to get worse. Further technological advances will only implement more screens in the world. So why don’t we do something about it before robots end up ruling the world?