Compare Contrast Essay

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Technology Creating a Better World? Advancements in technology are supposed to make our lives easier. The time it takes for us to travel to another destination continues to shorten. Computers continue to advance at a rapid pace. Communicating with family and friends from another country has become easier than ever. It would seem as if everything is perfect. However, that is not the case at all. The irony of it all is that inventions that were supposed to make us connected to people close to us have actually had the opposite effect. Devices such as mobile phones, tablets, television, and laptops are just a few inventions that have us obsessed over them during our free time. With the advent of social media, we have become more engrossed in …show more content…
Members of society have been so entranced with keeping in touch with everyone, that we often neglect the people closest to us. We would rather post pictures, write comments, and video chat with other people than our own family members (Wallis 14). In addition to the obsession over cyber-space connection, the bond from sharing quality time with your family seems like a distant thing in the past. The “bond” that the internet provides is superficial compared to the one a person can build with people. Wallis best describes this when she says “If you’re IMing four friends while watching That ‘70s Show, it’s not the same as sitting on the couch with your buddies or your sisters and watching the show together” (Wallis 18). Turkle explains this by stating “We’ve become accustomed to a new way of being ‘alone together.’ Technology-enabled, we are able to be with one another, and also elsewhere, connected to wherever we want to be” (Turkle 4). Technology has given people a false sense of being together when they are really not. Another common theme that the two essays share is that technology and social media has made us less patient. Turkle attributes this due to the lack of face-to-face conversations. She argues “Face-to-face conversation unfolds slowly. It teaches patience. When we communicate on our digital devices, we learn different habits…we start to expect faster responses”

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