We live in a generation where everything comes so easy with just a click of the computer mouse. We now live in a world shaped by technology. Everyday we use technology at home, in school and at work. Technology is so much a part of our lives that we have become too dependent on it. Has technology really made our lives easier or has it made it even more complicated? Indeed, technology has its benefits. It made lives easier, comfortable and exciting. Yet, come to think of think, technology has also disadvantages that have on our personal relationships, social interaction and even in our health and overall lifestyle. We have become too dependent on technology and this has translated to various effects.
One of human’s greatest invention is the computer. Computers have made life easier, made education more interactive and gave lots of opportunities for learning and research. We use computers at work for the preparation of documents, for the storage of files and other important documents. Nowadays, everything is operated on computers- transportation facilities, business enterprises, data usage, entertainment, and other mental work are now being utilized with the use of computers. Computers have become an important tool for everyone that no one could ever imagine life nowadays without one. What are the risks of becoming too dependent on computers? Scientists have feared that our dependence on technology, specifically on computers will eventually lead to the total loss of traditional and vital skills and capacities to work, learn and grow. Second, over dependence and exposure to computers has also shown to have great effects on health and well-being. The radiation coming from computer screens have shown to have effects on the sense of sight. Some people who work on long hours sitting with a computer the whole day have led more sedentary lives. They lack exercise, fresh air and even good postures making them prone to stress, sickness and fatigue.
Another technological breakthrough that has influenced our lives is the Internet. The Internet has given us ways to make life easier. For students, the Internet is heaven-sent technology. Nowadays, students rely on the Internet for schoolwork like research. It has provided the students a venue for more learning and information gathering. It had made the lives of scholars easier too, as data are readily available for research.
With the Internet, we can easily communicate with anyone and everyone around the world at any time of the day. With the Internet, communication broke barriers and gaps. Communication has widened with the creation of social media and social networks. Social networks have made the spread of news and the transfer of ideas easy, fast and even on a real-time basis. Family members and friends who are far apart feel like they are just next door to each other because of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google and Instagram. The world has become smaller and technology has made us even smaller as individuals. While the social media has made us closer with people we love, it has also created a lot of chaos and pandemonium around the world. Online technology dependence is now a worldwide phenomenon and it is the younger generation who are the most vulnerable to this technological addiction. Cyber bullying and even pornography is rampant in social media. Privacy of people is even penetrated in social media. Our dependence to the Internet and various forms of social media has also detracted us from spending quality time with family and friends. Face-to-face interactions have become rare nowadays because we rely mostly on the social media.
One of the most influential technological gadgets that shaped our lives and changed the way we lived is the cellular phone. Cell phones are easy to use, reliable and handy. Most mobile phones now come in various sizes with various specifications that can do many things. Smartphones gave us ways to get the information we need at our fingertips. Like the social media, smartphones have led people to less interaction and more technological addiction.
We know that technology has played an important role in our lives but it has also created a culture of laziness, apathy and too much dependence. While technology has made lives easier and more comfortable, there is also a need for us to take a break from this technological addiction. Oftentimes, because of technology, we forget to smell the roses, enjoy the sun and enjoy the time we have with our family. Technology will come and go, but relationships will stay.
In the aftermath of campus shootings in America, some states in the country America like Oklahama, Missouri, South Dakota, and Oregon have considered laws that will allow teachers and school administrators to carry guns on campus. Lawmakers in Texas have also considered allowing educators to carry guns in classrooms. Carrying guns in classrooms, even with a legitimate license and proper training is not the best solution to the problem of violence in campuses.
Carrying firearms in campuses could further threaten the security and safety of other people inside the school. It can further encourage acts of violence and can embolden others to participate in criminal behaviors in the campus. Carrying of guns in schools is not an assurance of heightened security. It can even encourage fears among people. It hinders the promotion and sustenance of peace and order in the community.
In the light of the issue of allowing guns on campus in Texas, several arguments have been raised among those who have agreed to let school administrators carry guns in the campus. The pros have argued that empowering teachers in handling guns is the best solution to solve a crisis of violence. This set-up, they say can protect the children and other teachers. While it is true that campus violence have taken the lives of innocent children and teachers in America, the problem cannot be solved if we face it with another act of violence. Allowing guns in classrooms is tantamount to urging violence to happen. Others argue that carrying guns in schools is a form of defense and training teachers to handle them can protect everyone. However, having armed teachers in campuses, especially with lack of training, can only lead to further injuries and deaths. So how can we assure that we will keep our people safe inside the schools?
According to Hennessy-Fiske, Texas school staffer shot during gun class, latimes.com, a maintenance worker of Van Independent School District was accidentally shot in the leg during a school-sponsored concealed handgun training class in Houston, Texas. The gun handled by an instructor malfunction during a private instruction with a “certified student.” With the assistance of the instructor, the malfunction was addressed, but the gun misfired and the bullet ricocheted coming back to strike the VISD employee in the left leg. He was brought to the hospital and was given immediate medical attention. What if this incident happens accidentally in schools and children would be the victims? It would be a very traumatic experience if such an accident happens. Children, parents and teachers will continue to live in fears. Instead of feeling ore secured, they develop fears.
On the other hand, some parents in Texas have argued that they feel safer if their children are surrounded by teachers carrying guns. Would anyone feel safer near a gun? We are dealing with children. What if these weapons will fall into the wrong hands and will be dealt with improperly? Will it keep our children safe? The answer is, NO.
Meanwhile, the Texas House has approved contentious plans to let college students carry concealed weapons in their classrooms, and to create special marshals for public schools state-wide. I believe that this measure will not just bring about further violence in college campuses in Texas, but it will jeopardize security and safety of other people.
We do not want people living in fear. We want people to live in a place that is peaceful and orderly community where they will embrace peace. If we bring guns in the schools and campuses, we bring in violence and we do not solve the problem. We aggravate the peaceful situation by bringing in weapons that are used to promote violence.
What we really need is empowerment and training on how to manage crises of violence. People can fight violence not by acting on it violently, but by peaceful, realistic and practical means. I agree with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder when he said that a thoughtful review on concealed weapons is what we need. He said that school emergency policies and mental health-related issues and concerns are needed to be established in order to fight violence (qtd. in Associated Press, In tiny Texas town, teachers are armed with concealed weapons, a “better” solution than a security guard, nydailynews.com). Therefore, I urge everyone to say no to guns in schools in Texas. Gun-handling in campuses is a bane to our promotion of peace and order in the state.
Associated Press. In tiny Texas town, teachers are armed with concealed weapons, a “better”
solution than a security guard. 12 Dec. 2013. Web. 23 Sept. 2013.
M. Henness-Fiske. Texas school staffer shot during gun class. 28 Feb. 2013. Web. 23 Sept. 2013
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