Some time ago, I was brainstorming with a friend to help her decide on a topic for her English paper, and the topic we came up with was the above. She felt it was too antagonistic and so decided to use milder phrasing: “Technology has done more harm than good” or something like that. So I’ve decided to write the same article myself… the way it should be written.
Now as you all already know, I love technology. But there is no doubt in my mind that the ultimate goal of technology is to allow us to be stupid and fat. Granted, saying it makes us so is a bit of a stretch. But if you could sit on your ass all day and still accomplish all the things you want to accomplish in life, wouldn’t you? I know I would.
Put simply, advancements in technology make life easier for us, and by doing so each successive advancement encourages us to be lazier. You see it’s unavoidable. We improve technology to make complex things easier, and impossible things possible. But it is those very same advancements that make the simple things of life even simpler.
Better communication devices have led to less moving around, better transportation devices have led to less working out during moving around, and next generation video games, high definition TV’s, and on-demand everything, have led to less of a desire to go anywhere in the first place! So you’re really only fooling yourself if you think people of the future will be any more physically fit than we are. That is, unless they develop an exercise-free way to work out your muscles…