What Modern Technology Does to Our Brains

Today’s class conversation about how ideologies affect technology, which affects memory and social interaction brought me to wonder more about this concern and how much the American society is worried about it. It seems to me that many people are concerned that children are getting cell phones at such a young age and are not interacting face-to-face as much as they should, but they don’t do anything about it. Worried adults write articles about the affect that technology is having on modern day society and the generation that will grow up to be unsociable adults, but I don’t see anything physically being done because parents give into what their kids want: more and more technology. In ‘Modern technology is changing the way our brains work, says neuroscientist,’ Susan Greenfield says, “Unless we wake up to the damage that the gadget-filled, pharmaceutically-enhanced 21st century is doing to our brains, we could be sleepwalking towards a future in which neuro-chip technology blurs the line between living and non-living machines, and between our bodies and the outside world.” 

Some technology could be good for medical reasons, but in terms of how it affects our brain for our sociability, there are risky factors of excess technology. All that we talked in class was technology used for Journalistic communication, but there are many other types of technology that factor in to how we will act in the future, which are brought up in the article. People take pills for depression and anxiety, but in the future, there could be “cures” for any type of mental function to make us better than who we are, to make us who we want to be. Granted, Paxil is used for shyness. I view any sort of unnecessary drug as risky. In my opinion, we are who we are, and drugs aren’t necessary unless we truly need them.

The technology and media we talked about in class also affects the brain because “the surrounding environment has a huge impact both on the way our brains develop and how that brain is transformed into a unique human mind.” We have been adapting to the world around us for a long time, but what could be considered artificial surroundings are different to adapt to because we learn from society how to reconstruct our consciousness. Culture and society changes with every technological revolution.


About kpodorefsky

Hello! I am a freshman at UMass Amherst from Hopkinton, MA. I love to play the flute in Marching Band, Hoop Band, and Concert Band at UMass. I also enjoy playing tennis. This blog was made specifically for Journalism 201, a class I took in hopes of confirming that I would like to major in Journalism. Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @karen_pod
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