With the sudden rise of the smart phone, beginning around the year 2005, society is beginning to feel the sudden need to constantly stay connected. Whether it’s with friends, family, Facebook, or the New York Times, the smart phone has integrated itself into the lives of millions of people. The advancements made in recent years to phones, tablets, and computers have recreated how people interact with the rest of the world and how often they do it. With such incredible improvements in technology, the accessibility to contact someone is easier than ever and with new technologies being created every day, it’s only getting easier.
Undoubtedly, the rise of internet technology has changed the world for the better. The smartphone, for example, has completely revolutionized the cellphone and what we can do with it. Aside from being able to make a phone call, these devices are complex enough to take photo/video, play music, and even get directions to virtually anywhere. This one device has replaced hundreds of devices, while at the same time remains light and compact enough to fit inside a pants pocket.
Many people, despite their failed attempt at avoiding it, are opposed to the assimilation into this high-tech culture. We’ve all been warned against the dangers of texting, particularly texting and driving. This argument is a valid concern, however does this issue outweigh the inconceivable number of ways it has dramatically developed our world, for the better?
Yes, being distracted by your cellphone while driving is a major concern for drivers, but distractions are going to happen whether you have a cellphone or not. AAA has done extensive research and determined that rubbernecking at the scene of an accident is the number one cause of accidents, proceeded by looking at scenery, and being distracted by others in the car. A distraction can come from anywhere, but rather then blame the cellphone for existing, it’s more logical to examine the responsibility of the driver and their awareness on the dangers of multi-tasking while driving.
Similarly to being able to drive at 16, and drink at 21, cell phones and other advanced internet based devices simply require a certain maturity level. The age that parents are introducing cell phones to their children is getting younger and younger, and rather then blame the technology for it’s negative effects on children, the age in which children should have access to the internet world should be re-evaluated.
Technology has opened the door to an incredibly innovative world that continues to advance everyday. The cell phone in particular has revolutionized what people think about phones, how they live their daily lives, and the way in which we make this huge world, much smaller.