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Don't get me wrong, I am a big technophile, I love reading about the newest technologies available and I like updating it to the most recent ones.


But at the same time, I'm beginning to notice more and more about the downside of it all.

Video cameras, I think, has the biggest issue I'm worrying about, as it violates a lot of personal privacy. People can sneak it in somewhere and capture your personal or intimate moments. I don't mind being filmed, to be honest, but there are some things I would like to keep to myself.

The use of technology during conversations? I'm noticing that while people are having conversations, they are also reading their phone or playing with their phone or iPad... this would have been considered impolite or rude a decade ago, nowadays it's normal for people to do that.

I'm not old-fashioned by any means, I'd like to think I'm with the times, but I feel so behind the times when it comes to this etiquette issue.


People looking 20 yearsold, when they should be looking 50. Cosmetics procedure can be considered a technology and it's one that I would consider a downside, but some might be neutral or pro towards this issue, I don't mind.

But I don't like the fact that people are 50, and can look 20 due to the use of Botox or youth rejuvenating cells technology (which will become available soon).

It's such a fake society that I'm living in, I wish people would be more real and true to themselves.


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Online forums let people interact with others who share similar interests across the globe instead of trying to find friends who share their interests locally.

Paid reviews on basically any product or service can greatly affect peoples' opinion of said product or service. That ice cream scoop can be made entirely of lead but if Amazon rates it 5 stars they'll still sell a ton of them.

The need to make sure our FB, Instagram photos all look spectacular (and that there are tons of them) keeps us from really living in the moment.

I don't wanna jump on the age thing too much because it could be argued that makeup, whitening strips and Rogaine are just as much of a lie as Botox or w/e else there is out there, just less invasive. I think these new products coming out in the indefinite future are just going to be a natural evolution for us.
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The internet allows for all sorts of inappropriate behavior.
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I don't see anything wrong with people choosing to have cosmetic procedures out of their own free will.
For them, it IS being true to themselves. There are many physical things about ourselves we cannot control. Like aging. No one asks to be imposed a body that ages and is built to die (the human body).
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I mean if you're the obsolete technology salesman, you're pretty much doomed. Better make your way to social services asap.
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-tion wrote:

All these are weak arguments -.-


...What are we arguing? The topic said to list any downfalls. It didn't say to pick a side. No one said they were willing to give up all the benefits of technology due to these downfalls because yes, the pros far outweigh the cons.

I could say an increased chance of concussions is a downfall of football but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy playing it or glue myself to the TV on the weekend.

Strong response.

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The phasing out of books. I like the stacks of tree on my shelves.

I'd say maybe the environment, but technology can probably fix that. Not to mention that, in the long run, we're going to need to ditch this planet anyway, so we're going to need a bit of technological progress.

I suppose I'm also not too fond of the lack of privacy, which is fresh in my mind from the latest South Park.

Now that I think about it, it also gives assholes the tools to spread their asshole-ism to the masses -- it used to be only politicians and celebrities, but now, any asshole with a smartphone can make his voice heard.

Other than that, I'm pretty fond of technology -- still waiting on the hover-boots though.
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Kano from Mortal Kombat.


And that one thing from Demolition man.

Why risk having sex? VIRTUAL REALITY EMOTION TRANSMITTERS!

Trololololol is the best way to describe the future.
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Allows the Government to use discreet mass surveillance without permission of the people.
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As for the first point, luckily I only ever recall being recorded with my consent, but if anyone else has recorded something I don't recall doing anything really private outside of my house.

Next, when it comes to use of technology in conversations it's still something I consider rude and I never do it, personally.

As for the last point I get that some people want to look younger but I feel they often can go a little OTT and don't know where to stop, then eventually look stupid. When your face is so stiff you can hardly smile it might be time to hold back on the botox.

If you want another downside to add, as technology becomes more complicated there's so much more that can go wrong, and depending on the problem it can cost a lot to fix. When you have a computer like mine you often fear about anything breaking because it's always so bloody expensive. The last time I had it repaired they almost had to do a complete overhaul and it was about 2-3 months before I got it back. Even so that was waaay too long. I was promised 2 weeks and even when I got it back they'd done it wrong. I had to get the manager involved and luckily he got it sorted and I had it back in 2 days.
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If someone is having a conversation with you, and they excuses themselves before they pick up their phone, then it is okay and understandable, imo.

However, if they are on their phone playing/doing nothing on it, then you can probably assume that your conversation (and you as a person) to them isn't terribly important to them. Rid yourself of them and simply move on. It is not NORMAL!

I guess, a downside would be people like the OP tolerating what shouldn't be tolerated.
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Personally the biggest problem I have with people advancing technology is when they depend to heavily on it.
For awhile now more colleges have been switching to more digital fields, and now high schools are going the same way.

Having a place like a school so dependent on their online servers and stuff, one power outage fries the system and everyone is set back a weak because all the progress on their English finals are gone, or they can't access their math homework. And then of course even though the whole school has the problem the teachers don't believe it
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ooziex wrote:

Online forums let people interact with others who share similar interests across the globe instead of trying to find friends who share their interests locally.

Paid reviews on basically any product or service can greatly affect peoples' opinion of said product or service. That ice cream scoop can be made entirely of lead but if Amazon rates it 5 stars they'll still sell a ton of them.

The need to make sure our FB, Instagram photos all look spectacular (and that there are tons of them) keeps us from really living in the moment.

I don't wanna jump on the age thing too much because it could be argued that makeup, whitening strips and Rogaine are just as much of a lie as Botox or w/e else there is out there, just less invasive. I think these new products coming out in the indefinite future are just going to be a natural evolution for us.


Hahaha, your first point describes me. It's just less awkward to communicate with people online.

In regards to your last point, I suppose it is, but because I'm not used to it so it's hard for me to accept it.



justapersonwatchinganime wrote:

I don't see anything wrong with people choosing to have cosmetic procedures out of their own free will.
For them, it IS being true to themselves. There are many physical things about ourselves we cannot control. Like aging. No one asks to be imposed a body that ages and is built to die (the human body).


Not gonna lie, there are times when I want to change my physical appearances. It's always easier to go down that path and much harder to accept myself.
But I find it is much more rewarding and pleasing to be able to accept myself. And if the bigger society can advocate for this notion instead of the opposite notion, I think it would give people a more positive outlook in life.

Now I sound like a beauty pageant contestant... *sigh*


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The phasing out of books. I like the stacks of tree on my shelves.

I'd say maybe the environment, but technology can probably fix that. Not to mention that, in the long run, we're going to need to ditch this planet anyway, so we're going to need a bit of technological progress.

I suppose I'm also not too fond of the lack of privacy, which is fresh in my mind from the latest South Park.

Now that I think about it, it also gives assholes the tools to spread their asshole-ism to the masses -- it used to be only politicians and celebrities, but now, any asshole with a smartphone can make his voice heard.

Other than that, I'm pretty fond of technology -- still waiting on the hover-boots though.


If hover boots exist, cars would go obsolete


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Kano from Mortal Kombat.


And that one thing from Demolition man.

Why risk having sex? VIRTUAL REALITY EMOTION TRANSMITTERS!

Trololololol is the best way to describe the future.


I'm here for that.


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As for the first point, luckily I only ever recall being recorded with my consent, but if anyone else has recorded something I don't recall doing anything really private outside of my house.

Next, when it comes to use of technology in conversations it's still something I consider rude and I never do it, personally.

As for the last point I get that some people want to look younger but I feel they often can go a little OTT and don't know where to stop, then eventually look stupid. When your face is so stiff you can hardly smile it might be time to hold back on the botox.

If you want another downside to add, as technology becomes more complicated there's so much more that can go wrong, and depending on the problem it can cost a lot to fix. When you have a computer like mine you often fear about anything breaking because it's always so bloody expensive. The last time I had it repaired they almost had to do a complete overhaul and it was about 2-3 months before I got it back. Even so that was waaay too long. I was promised 2 weeks and even when I got it back they'd done it wrong. I had to get the manager involved and luckily he got it sorted and I had it back in 2 days.


I get what you mean, I hate it when expensive things get broken, and the cost to repair it is almost the same as getting a brand new one.


Gextiv wrote:

If someone is having a conversation with you, and they excuses themselves before they pick up their phone, then it is okay and understandable, imo.

However, if they are on their phone playing/doing nothing on it, then you can probably assume that your conversation (and you as a person) to them isn't terribly important to them. Rid yourself of them and simply move on. It is not NORMAL!

I guess, a downside would be people like the OP tolerating what shouldn't be tolerated.


I don't tolerate it, said I was behind the times.

People already consider it a norm.


SquallFire wrote:

Personally the biggest problem I have with people advancing technology is when they depend to heavily on it.
For awhile now more colleges have been switching to more digital fields, and now high schools are going the same way.

Having a place like a school so dependent on their online servers and stuff, one power outage fries the system and everyone is set back a weak because all the progress on their English finals are gone, or they can't access their math homework. And then of course even though the whole school has the problem the teachers don't believe it


Well you make a good point. A lot of people are dependent on their phone and electricity.
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Allows the Government to use discreet mass surveillance without permission of the people.



Agree.

Big Brother scares me.

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