Are we too attached to our technology?

If you’re like me, then you have heard your parents, grandparents, or other adults tell you time and time again, how much “kids these days” are attached to their phones. They are constantly reminding us that “back in the day” Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media did not exist. Although we may shrug it off and laugh, there may be some truth to what they are saying.

Technology as a whole has evolved and gotten bigger and better over time. Things that humanity would never have even thought of existing now do. iPhones are touch screen computers that can fit in the palm of your hand, hoverboards that allow people to get around without effort, and Mac computers that make everything faster and easier are now popular. Technology is starting to take over our generation’s lives.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love my phone. In fact, not having it on me makes me nervous, but that is just one of the signs of how absorbed in technology people are these days.. Constantly having to check in on other people’s lives through Twitter or Instagram is not healthy for us as a generation.

Being as attached as we are to our different forms of technology can also cause self-esteem issues for many teenagers. I know that it hurts when I see someone having a party on their Snap Story that I wasn’t invited to. Also, the time we spend talking to people over text message instead of having face to face conversations does not prepare us for real social situations of life. As the rise of technology continues, kids are having a hard time with basic social skills.

Yes, technology has its helpful benefits and without it lives would be a lot harder but this generation, and the ones to come, should limit how much time we spend on the phone, computer, or tablet. Spending time with friends and family is more valuable than how many likes an Instagram photo gets. That time could be spent creating memories that even Snapchat can’t capture.

Emily Nowak, Staff Writer