When Tradeoff becomes Toxic
For my final essay I intend the write about the negative effects of technology (from writing to VR) on the brain, and argue that we need laws, health education, and funding for studies to prevent any unnecessary problems. I think it’s important to have a national conversation about this because our lives have become interlinked with technology, with which we’re only moving forward, but in the dark.
If the internet can be addictive, reduce the capacity to think or distort reality, then we need to know about it. Plus, we have to assess the fact that these modern tools use incredible amounts of energy, most of which is coal powered, which means it’s contributing to climate change. And the damage isn’t limited to the world around us, long durations of screen time and headphones are ruining our eyes and ears, which is going to cost a lot of money to fix—and it’s going to come out of our pockets.
I’ve been fascinated with computer technology and the internet since I first heard the alien noises of AOL in ’95. I think the web is one of the greatest inventions to date, one which could stand to change humanity, but only if its misuse doesn’t ruin us first. To sum up my essay, I ask two simple questions: when does technology start to hurt more than help, and what can we do to stop it?