We live in the age of technology. Past generation will look back on the time we're living in and view it as a sort of technological golden age. If we were suddenly robbed of the internet somehow, the ripples of it would be devastating and inevitable. While our desperate dependence on technology is a bit frightening, it's proves the essential human nature: humans are designed to survive using the tools around us. The internet is possibly mankind's greatest tool so far.
The internet is everywhere. Literally everywhere. There's almost nothing you can do anymore that doesn't require the internet or technological assistance. Is this necessarily bad? No, not really. But it has it's weaknesses as well. Let's list some things you may not have considered run on technology or the internet:
Without Netflix, the world lost it's chill.
And so it's not much of a surprise when those who didn't grow up with phone-in-hand criticize that behavior of those who did. We as students use the internet like a third arm- an extension of our own intelligence. It's easy to make the argument:
"Why would I ever need to know this? I can just Google it."
The argument makes sense in the mind of someone who has never had to go a day without access to technology. Google basically can answer any question you can't, and any question you can answer, you don't need Google for in the first place!
So why should we know things that Google can answer anyway?
I'm not saying that some event is going to wipe out the internet tomorrow or anything, but maybe it is good to be prepared for a situation in life where access to internet either: A. isn't available or, B. isn't useful or convenient. In almost any trade occupation, what's equally as important as knowing how to do something is knowing what to do in the first place. In art fields, good technique is only half the battle. It's also important to know what looks good and what is attractive. While Google can help, this is something that can't be looked up, it has to be learned. With any sort of STEM career, law, art, hospitality, you must know things that can't be researched. You have to have certain talents. Perhaps if we focused on these talents more, focused more on the individual, we would see a verge in the way people think
I believe the reason why it doesn't seem like such an emerging issue to teenagers like myself is because at this stage in life, we're not often challenged with situations like those above. There's few times when we're forced to think critically or asked to creatively solve a problem. Who's fault is this? I don't believe anyone is to blame. This is inevitable as mankind progresses- when presented with an easy way to do something, why would we choose something else? Why would we want to challenge ourselves?
Does it come down to character?It's hard, maybe impossible, to say. What's evident is that while technology has made life easier by leaps and bounds, there's a certain human characteristic that machines can't (yet) supply: we are the only ones who can show emotion through the things we create. We can make things that are beautiful not because a computer helped us, but because we have creativity built inside of us. We can solve problems intuitively and have the ability to find new solutions to old problems.
That's something computers will never beat us at.
-written by Caleb Goldberg