Is technology moving at too fast a rate?

NATASHA HARRIS

Technology in all of its rapid
developments and additions
may be taking a toll on students
and their choice of major.
Whether the rapid development
sheds light on future
careers or creates a more competitive
lifestyle, students for
the most part have stong ideas
on the development of various
technologies.
Kristin Meade, 24,
Levittown, a journalism major,
said, “It’s moving too fast for
me. People in America always
want the bigger, the better, and
the newer.” Meade said this
would be a positive asset in her
career helping her publish her
writing quickly and getting her
work on the Internet.
But what about school? Will
it affect the way students learn
and produce assignments?
Laura Toth, 28, Bristol, a social
service major said, “It’s like
everything is done online now.
BbVista and online classes
make it hard to submit papers
sometimes.”
Toth thinks it would be better
to hand in a hard copy to the
teacher. She said, “My son is in
first grade and he’s already
online. I wasn’t on a computer
in first grade. It can be distracting
with pop-ups.” This goes to
show how much our generation
differs from a younger age
group.
Samantha Morris, 21, from
Bensalem, who is taking her
GED test, thought that technology
is moving too quickly,
especially with children.
Morris said, “I think there is
far too much information for
students to use.” She said misinformation
is a pending issue
in our society and added,
“Technology may help, I mean
we are the future.”
Taking a look at some other
ideas, Patrick Medlan, 21, a
graphic design major from
Warminster, said, “People
want everything instantaneously,
everybody needs instant
gratification.” Medland works
with computers so he believes
computer speed is essential for
customer satisfaction. He also
thinks it is important to get
information out quickly but on
the other hand, thinks it is
passed on to many life situations,
maybe negatively.
Shiana Shleifer, 18, a fine
arts major from Langhorne,
said, “Technology makes it
easier to communicate.”
Shleifer also thinks our generation
is becoming more dependent
on the calculator in math
and computers in writing. She
said, “The more we type
papers, in the long run, we’re
just going to forget how to
write.”
She added, “It’s good that we
have these things, we just overuse
them.” Schleifer works
with digital art and believes
that the rapid growth of technology
will aid her in the
future.
Jackie Jefferson, 18, a nutrition
major from Newtown,
said, “Things are not as handson
as they used to be which I
feel is a disadvantage.”
Jefferson said the value of a
certain product drops and people
can be wasting their money
because something new is
always coming out. She also
thinks it makes school a bit
more frustrating and makes
people less active.
Cristina Azzaro, 19, a film
major from Newtown, likes
technology and thinks it helps
us in positive ways, but said,
“The disadvantage is the cost.”
Azzaro said people are not as
personal or social and added, ,
“The Internet introduces things
like Skype, where you can talk
to friends from all over the
world” Her major is not affected
negatively by this growth,
she said.