How did Technology destory our lives?.......

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I wouldn't say that technology has destroyed our lives, but rather has enriched them immensely. 

However, to go along with the prompt, consider this:

Before the Industrial Revolution and the factory system, man's day was organized and structured according to 'task time,' meaning he worked on a task paying no real heed to the clock.  The focus was on the completion of the task, not the amount of time spent.  Man's day revolved around natural cycles of sunrise, sunset.  He ate when he was hungry, used the restroom when needed, completed his tasks one at a time, and thought little of clocks or the minutes of the day.

Enter the Factory System, technology made possible by the Industrial Revolution.  The factory system focused on the importance of speed and time management.  Factory workers' day started with the chiming of the bell.  Workers worked in a long room, with a clock mounted on the far wall.  Workers were expected to watch the clock, maintain a grueling pace of production at their station.  They ate by the clock on their lunch break, had scheduled restroom breaks, and ended their day by the same ringing of the factory bell. 

The factory system introduced a terrible thing to mankind:  the tyranny of the clock.  Even now, most of us are hyper-sensitive to the movement of time throughout our day.  We know our daily schedules by heart, wake up at a certain time, leave the house at a certain time, knowing exactly how many minutes our commute to work takes; we try to 'save time' as much as we can, through our technology.  Nowadays, everything guarantees faster use, faster internet speed, faster networks, fast food... The tyranny of the clock--it's unnatural and artificial, yet our entire day is structured around it, even our entertainment (how many of us know the time of every single one of our favorite TV shows?). 

Think about it-- We live highly scheduled, structured lives controlled by the clock.  The factory system has gone global.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Technology, of a certain kind, has almost literally waged war on various parts of the world. The atomic bomb destroyed many lives in Japan in WWII. Military technology continues to take lives (while also attempting to help maintain some kind of social order). 

However, if we are not talking about the technology of war but are instead talking about cell phones, computers, video games, television, dashboard GPS, and things like these then I don't feel that our lives have been destroyed. 

We still do most of the same things we have always done. We eat. We sleep. We work. We shop and talk and play sports. Though the points made in the post above seem accurate to me, I would also suggest that this topic is a relative one. Our lives may be somewhat "less human" but, on the whole, we live as we always have. 

stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Technology has greatly changed and impacted the way in which we live, but whether or not it has "destroyed" our lives is still up to each individual and the choices s/he makes about how to use that technology.

Technology can greatly enhance learning opportunities and communications and awareness of the world and beyond - all of which are positive changes. Use of technology can also facilitate exposure to ideas and information that are destructive, can result in harmful addictive behaviors, and can violate rights to privacy and personal security - in these applications, technology may be considered destructive.

rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't think it has destroyed our lives, but rather has changed them in ways we haven't quite come to terms with yet. Education, for instance, has not adapted to new technological realities, and many people remain without access to modern technology, or don't know how to use it if they do have it. I also agree that it has tended to isolate us from each other, though it has also made it possible for people to connect with each other in ways never before possible. So again, I think we're just beginning to understand how our lives are being altered. By the time we've come to terms with it, it will have changed again.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I, too, would not say that technology has destroyed our lives. Instead, the advancement of technology has forced us to consider things differently. While without certain technologies society would not be facing cyber-bullying, social media sites have allowed people to reconnect with each other after years of separation. I do have to agree that many have an unhealthy reliance on technology, but different things over the years have had the same affect. Essentially, we must learn to control the technology and our dependence upon it.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You can argue that it has destroyed our lives by making us more isolated from one another and therefore less human.  Instead of going out and mingling with actual people, we stay home and watch TV or play our video games or interact with technology in some other way.  We are still alive, of course, but our lives have become less human because there is so much less actual interaction with real human beings.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I, too, can't agree that technology has destroyed our lives. It has enhanced modern living in many ways, but the way it now serves as a watchful eye over personal daily activities is a cause for concern. Our reliance upon modern technological advances leaves many of us distraught when a breakdown occurs, and some of its negative effects--such as identity theft and electronic fraud--only continue to grow.

ericpollock | Student

I am not sure that you can say "technology has destroyed" our lives, but one may argue that technology has made us less aware of what things are capable of and we rely on simply their performance for convenience, ease, and simplicity. We might not know how something works while we merely push buttons to have things done for us. This can create an over-reliance on technology in which we fail to understanding the role of technology in making our lives better. While we have more comfortable lives due to technology, the price we pay may be ignorance in how things operate which might even lead to greater consequences for society in years to come.