When my parents were young, television was one of the newest technologies in their homes. Then came video cameras, computers, and cellphones. School work has changed from writing on paper and reading books to now using ipads to write, read, study and more. We’re living in a world of iPads, smart phones, virtual reality and 3D TV’s. While these things are changing the way we live and helping us every day has been filled with technology and this is how it has always been for me. I am 10 years old and I’m living in a world with the best technology yet! Obviously things have not always been like this. Times change quickly and new technology is being invented all of the time... Even my older sisters did not use as much technology when they were here at Waimairi, like I do everyday.
In my opinion, I think that we could be too reliant on our technology. Every day we use our phones to give us the weather, news, updates and even wake us up in the morning. We use autocorrect to correct our spelling mistakes rather than thinking for a few seconds about how to sound out and spell the word. We rely on Siri or Google to give us the answer to our every question, rather than researching the topic, asking people and processing the information and getting an answer. In a strange way, the quick way to access information has almost stopped us communicating with other people.
For example: If you wanted to make chocolate chip cookies, you would probably go to Google and it will give you more than 100 different recipes. But by making an old fashioned phone call to nana and asking her for her family chocolate chip cookie recipe, we get invited to nana’s house and we get to spend time with her and experience making the cookies together. We learn that the mixture can be too soft and may need more flour but not too much or the cookies will crumble, or that the cookies need to be placed higher in the oven or the bottoms will brown too quickly. Look at the learning and experiences I would have missed out on if I had simply Googled the recipe!
Technology isn’t always helpful. You can easily become addicted to things like - watching Netflix shows, YouTube videos, scrolling through social media photos and this can sometimes change the way you think! At school you might find a cool sport that you're interested in, but you decide not to join the team because the sport practise nights are on Tuesday... and Tuesday is when you watch Game of Thrones!!
Although you may think that it is great to not having to think about spelling everything right, to have instant answers to every question and endless hours of cat videos to watch. I believe that sometimes it can be beneficial to do things the ‘old fashioned’ way.
So, next time you pick up a piece of technology, think to yourself, “Could I get what I need without this?” and I urge you to give it a try.