Nowadays, thanks to the development of new technology, our life becomea easier and more interesting. In general, new technology, such as laptops, cell phones, and other devices, helps most of people in their work, daily activities, and school. For example, in the old times, we must wait half an hour to an hour to have a seat in the restaurant, but now we can book a seat with just a phone call. To me, new technology has had both positive and negative effects on my life, and I think many people have the same thought.
First, I will talk about a positive effect of the development of new technology. We all know that before new technology appears, we have many disadvantages in doing many things, such as work, school, transportation, and communication. Because of that, scientists and other genius persons start to think and invent new technology in order to make people’s life easier. Nowadays, instead of sending letters by mail, you can send them by e-mail as long as you have a computer, smart phone, or laptop with Internet connection. It’s really fast and convenient, isn’t it? My parents told me: “It’s absolutely amazing when we live a life with new and high technology. Now I can talk to my friends in our country without paying any fee because of the application called “Skype.” Without having it, I will have to pay a lot of money in phone bill, you know.” So we can see how important new technology is.
Although having new technology in our lives is really great, it also has a negative effect on us. Some people depend on new technology almost completely as if they will die for sure without touching it for one day. Teenagers who have their own computers or laptops will spend all their time to check in Facebook, watch videos, and play games. That means they are using their time unwisely. That will be great if teenagers know how to balance their time because spending too much time on entertainment is bad, but don’t spend time relaxing is bad, too. I know some of my friends who are totally in playing games, and they are enjoying their “online life.” If this problem keeps going, they will lose their ability to socialize and communicate with other people because “online life” is completely different from our real life.
The factors I mentioned above are main and common. We also have many opinions from many people which are positive and negative as well. “My friend prefers playing his game on weekend to hanging out with me. He wasn’t like that until he had his new computer,” one teenager said. But some students know how to make a good use of new technology. “I can find useful information for my homework through the Internet, talk to my friends to relax, etc,” a college student said. Some people are willing to write and send letters instead of using computers since they think writing letters is traditional and enjoyable.
Finally, new technology has had both positive and negative effects. It depends on how people use it. People who can make a good use of new technology may have an easy life. But depending too much on technology will have bad effects, such as losing ability to socialize and communicate, having stress and be inactive because it’s so convenient. In other words, you should know and learn how to use new technology wisely so it can help you effectively. — Vu La