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Technology take-over: Can teens survive?

November 03, 2009|By LAKIN THOMAS / Pulse correspondent

o Unplugged: A teen tries a tech-free day

In this age, we seem to rely on technology more than anything else. Even when we don't realize it, we are using technology. From popping that Hot Pocket into the microwave to punching endless numbers into the calculator, our fingers are thriving to touch the latest and greatest gadgets.

Have you ever really considered how much technology you use in a day? On an average day, how many of these do you use - laptop, cell phone, alarm clock, microwave. That's just naming a few. You may not realize it, but simple, everyday tasks are becoming reliant on using some form of technology.

Technology is slowly taking over our world, but that's not to say that it is a bad thing. Some of this new technology is helping us keep in touch with our troops overseas and others are helping us keep track of our never-ending busy schedules. We also use new gadgets to help us keep in touch with people who are up in space, to make sure that things are running smoothly. As you can see, technology may be frustrating to work with, but it really does help us accomplish what needs to be done.

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We are also becoming a more advanced world. Take the cell phone for instance. Everyone's got one. You may have had a cell phone since you were 8 years old, or you might have just gotten it for your birthday last week. XCell phones were made so that it was possible for people to reach anyone no matter where they are. But when is the last time you actually saw someone carrying on a lengthy conversion using a cell phone. We have progressed past that. Now people are using cell phones to text, check their e-mail, search the Web, and find their way to work using a GPS. That's crazy! In addition, if you have an iPhone, the possibilities are basically endless. You can order clothes, check out local restaurants, and so much more. What would we do without this stuff now that we've become so used to it?

Although the cell phone is a popular form of technology, there are many, many others that we might not even realize we rely on every day. For example, can you think about how many times you use a microwave in a week? I bet you would be surprised by the result. I mean, how could you possibly cook a microwave meal, if you didn't have a microwave?

Okay, here's a tough question: Could you survive without technology for one whole day? I talked to a few students from North Hagerstown High to find out what they thought about this challenge.

Emily Simmons, 15, said on an average day, she uses three basic forms of technology: her cell phone, her computer, and her iPod. Probably, the same three that most teenagers use on a day-to-day basis.

Melody Kight, 14, said she uses her cell phone and computer, and watches TV in her spare time. Watching TV is probably another top contender for forms of technology that teens use.

Both girls use a variety of technology, but could they go an entire day without it?

Emily said she probably could, but it would be very difficult with such a busy schedule.

Sometimes technology such as the cell phone is important to have when doing things such as sports and other extracurricular activities.

Melody's thought was based on her cell phone. She said her cell phone was "a key part of my day," and not having it would make it difficult for her to make plans and get things accomplished.

Another student from North High, Andrew Grove, 15, said it might be hard, but he could spend a whole day without technology. Drew said the three forms of technology he uses the most are watching TV, using the computer and playing video games.

As for his cell phone use, Drew said, of course should have need one because you never know when you might need it.

As you can see, our generation is becoming more and more dependent on using technology to help us do things easier and faster.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I'll leave that up for you to decide.

Lakin Thomas, 15, is a sophomore at North Hagerstown High School. She and fellow Pulse correspondent Brigitte Grewe have the same type of laptop.

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