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Is our use of technology getting out of hand?

Has the desire to be permanently connected gone too far?


Written by Tom Colgan and posted in opinion


This is an opinion of a young person and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of SpunOut.ie. It is one person's experience and may be different for you. If you'd like to write something for SpunOut.ie please contact editor@spunout.ie.


"As a child before mainstream technology seemed to take over, I would build Go-karts out of wood using wheelie bin wheels as wheels, and hanging out with mates in the summer sunshine."

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I work in IT and I deal with technology on a daily basis, from checking emails to phoning manufacturers, getting in engineers to fix computers. I find that everything is now done online, sending emails and IM’s everybody is hiding behind their computer screens or smartphone’s rather than taking the time out to go and actually talk to their colleagues or friends face to face.

In the evening time after work I drive home only to sit around using more techno gadgets.The time flies by while using my iPad third generation to talk to Facebook friends or playing Fifa 13 on the Xbox.

As a child before mainstream technology seemed to take over, I would build Go-karts out of wood using wheelie bin wheels as wheels, and hanging out with mates in the summer sunshine. I would go to the river Boyne near my home place and fish to my heart’s content catching numerous amounts of brown trout. I would also play GAA football and be an outgoing teenager.

Now, in my early 20s everything is done online. Kids of all ages have smartphones and tablet computers and  very few embrace the healthy out doors. Its' always good to take a break from television, computers and online social sites. Even to get out and about for a few hours to walk the dog or to go for a cycle, and get that much needed oxygen.

I find that I am a technology freak. I spend most of my days on Facebook checking the news feed and uploading photos. Recently I got so fed up of all this i decided to see how long i could go without technology. I lasted one week and during that week i found myself away from the smartphone and out and about doing things like jogging and cycling.

So have a think about it. Do you spend too much time connected to technology? 

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Published May 3rd, 2013
Last updated October 21st, 2015
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