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are we to dependent on technology.

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Started: 5/3/2011 Category: Technology
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Voting Period
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flaminhotcheetoes

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I feel that people have become way to dependant on computers in the world today. Every where you look there is a computer located, you go to the doctors and there is a computer sitting in his/her office, you go to school and have whole computer labs dedicated to time you spend learning about them. Then to top it off almost every house hold in America owns a computer in which you go home and "play" on everyday. Approximately 74% of the American and Canadian population has Internet access, which allows us to read books, articles, find cooking recipes, chat with friends and learn new facts and many millions of other things.

But what ever happened to the old school ways? Did books fade out for the use of the Internet and did pen and paper letters die and turn into instant messaging and writing on your face book wall?

The ways we were raised are starting to drift and the new generation of computers are merging into our world. Nothing can get done without a computer today and can you imagine what the future is going to look like with all this computer technology?

And what about all of us people out there who happen to be computer challenged? What will happen to us??
HandsofManos

Con

Ah, this is one of my favorite topics to talk about.

I love technology. On the other hand I love antiques. 90% of my camping gear is older than I am, and quite a bit of it is older than my father!

Human beings have used technology to increase our standard of living from the very beginning. Stone tools? Technology. Fire? Technology. All of civilization is predicated on the continual advancement of technology. To ask "whatever happened to the old school ways?" is to suggest that we should regress, or at best stagnate, rather than advance.

Technology is an all encompassing word, that literally stands for everything we use and consume on a daily basis. That desk? It required technology to build it. Electricity that powers your fridge that keeps your food cold so you can store it until you are hungry? Technology, a lot of technology.

http://www.merriam-webster.com...

Technology in and of itself, is not only helpful, but vital, in the survival of the human race.

However I don't feel Pro actually means we are too dependent on "technology". Rather I think Pro means, we are too dependent on computers and the internet. Especially considering he claims to be among the "computer challenged".

The internet today provides everyone, with a few clicks of a button, access to all of human knowledge. Thats an incredible and powerful concept. Knowledge is Power.

Computers allow access to all of that information, in fact without computers, you would have no internet.

All of this knowledge is very democratizing. Take for example the revolt in Egypt.

http://en.wikipedia.org... (see the Online activism and the role of social media section)

In short, technology itself is vital to not only our continued high standard of living, but also to our very survival as individuals and a species. Computers and the internet, are merely an extension of that technology.
Debate Round No. 1
flaminhotcheetoes

Pro

flaminhotcheetoes forfeited this round.
HandsofManos

Con

Unfortunately Pro has forfeited his round. It would be unfair for me to argue further.
Debate Round No. 2
flaminhotcheetoes

Pro

flaminhotcheetoes forfeited this round.
HandsofManos

Con

Unfortunate indeed.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by HandsofManos 6 years ago
HandsofManos
well, that sucks. i was looking forward to this debate.
Posted by HandsofManos 6 years ago
HandsofManos
this is great, i love this topic.
Posted by Ore_Ele 6 years ago
Ore_Ele
@Iamzero

Pro is arguing that we are "too" dependent, not that we are simply dependent. Con will likely be taking the argument that we are dependent, but that we are not "too" dependent (as that implies a degree of dependency that is past the positive benefits and reaching into negative consequences).
Posted by IamZero 6 years ago
IamZero
We are totally dependent. I don't see how con can refute this. However, pro didn't say we couldn't argue third world countries...
Posted by 1stLordofTheVenerability 6 years ago
1stLordofTheVenerability
For sure. Technology, the internet, hydroelectricity and the like.
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Vote Placed by Amveller 6 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro forfeited and Cons counterarguments went unanswered