People are too dependent on technology.
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With the advent of smart phones and apps, people are able to do things faster and better. True. But that does not mean that without it, they will not be able to perform the same tasks. As Bill Gates puts it "Technology is just a tool". While our grandfathers can manage to do the same tasks with ease without external aid, why not us? It is only a question of comfort levels. Take e-mail, e-mail has made communication faster and easier, but even before it, communication did happen, just as it happens today.
As Elbert Hubbard said "One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. But no machine can do the work of one extraordinary man".
In conclusion technology is a wonderful thing but it can not be fully appreciated or used responsibly without understanding how to complete a given task without its aid.
On the other front, at the base level, that is in primary and higher secondary schools, children are still and will continue to be taught basic arithmetic and basic sciences; that is never going to change. Even to work with technology, basic skills-set is required and that is exactly what is being imparted, as a whole. In fact, contrary to your point, technology plays a significant role in extrapolating known information to solve problems not encountered before. For example, an app like Casual greatly aids in visualizing your ideas and lets you understand them fully.
Technology empowers us to do more.
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It must not be forgotten that we have been carrying out our tasks from time unknown. Technological innovations have paved the way for breaking down these tasks into simpler ones, so that we could devote our time and brains to other productive work, that matter more.
Our dependence on technology goes only as far that it helps us.
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Vote Placed by ColeTrain 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Before commenting, I would like to point out that the word "technology" was left undefined. Refrain from doing so in the future. Both debaters did very well, and brought up some great points. Specifically, I liked Pro's choice to use the argument of long-hand multiplication and division. Without forfeiting the last round, he could have possible won by convincing the judges (myself, for one) that information and methods of that sort are easily forgettable, without frequent exercise. However, the resolution only states that "people" are too dependent, so the Con needed only to prove that people aren't TOO dependent. Con had the advantage as there is no plausible way to pragmatically argue that people are TOO dependent on technology due to individual choice. One man may utilize advanced technology daily, while another might use it extremely infrequently. Criticisms and praises aside, good job, to both debaters. I look forward to future debates, as both of you seem very knowledgeable. :-)
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