The glitch with technology

Technology is both a blessing and a curse.

While trying to word that first sentence, I scrolled through Instagram, sent a tweet, and texted back two people. Technology is a distraction from the real world; a deterrent from progress. While sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room, I’ll yank my phone out of my pocket and play Angry Birds, wondering how people “back in the day” passed time such as this slow-as-molasses moment without getting bored.

It turns out they spent their time actually being productive.

Just take a moment to think of all the hours you spend peeking into the lives of others on Facebook or sending a silly picture to a friend on Snapchat. Now imagine something you’ve always wanted to do. What if all those pointless hours were spent working on something of importance?

I believe that technology is the root of the progression of procrastination in today’s day and age. Everyone wants to be successful, but not enough people are willing to put in the effort. Students deem posting on Tumblr and tweeting more important than homework. College students laugh at funny cat videos instead of studying. Kids now sit inside playing Fruit Ninja on their iPads instead of frolicking outside.

I’ll admit I’m completely at fault in these situations. I open my laptop and stretch out my fingers, prepared to type out a three page essay for English class. But my eyes will wander, glancing every now and then to the tempting blue Internet Explorer icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. “Just five minutes on Facebook,” I tell myself in reward for writing a thesis statement. Half an hour later, I’ll stare in utter panick at the clock, then begin rapidly typing. A text will illuminate my phone, begging for me to respond. My fingers will absentmindedly roam to Temple Run, the most addicting app, and twenty minutes will pass without me knowing. It’s an ongoing cycle until I finally have the courage to turn the wi-fi off on the computer or push my phone out of sight.

Although iPhones and tablets have been invented to make life easier, they do have a downside and sometimes produce the opposite effect. So many problems have been caused because of texting, mindless games, and social media. All we have is wasted time and severe anxiety from stress and worry over finishing an assignment in a time crunch.

So I’m encouraging you to do what I’m going to do right now: Put down the phone and get outside, revelling in a perfect evening.

Well, perhaps after just five minutes on Facebook…

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