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nah the old way was stupid imo
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MonoDreams wrote:

I feel like people rely on technology too much, but that's just my opinion.


better then a complete lack of use of technology.
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It ruined my attention span

I used to go to this place called public library
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Maybe I'm too young for this topic but I feel fine with most technology. That said I've learned the situations where it's not necessary like reading for enjoyment, during jogging/strolling and generally when I'm out doing stuff I only use it if I need to. Also I stay away from most social media, I don't have high social needs so it just kills real social interactions for me.
Tbh after the internet started getting popular we've made a lot of useless shit... shit no one would even pay for but bleh, ads.
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I would rather read an actual book that I can hold and flip through. Upgrading from a flip phone to a smart phone was a little different.

When you say alienated I believe that's up to the owner to decide. Adding the fact that anything in large amount of doses will eventually be bad for you.
Posted 1/9/17
I can't actually say that I've felt alienated by technology. I feel that some of the things we use technology for seems to be counter-productive. Similar to your e-book issue, I've learned that academic-based novels or textbooks with an e-book form tend to have additional insight (like you mentioned: "how long it'll take to read", "various facts/data", etc..). Some people actually utilize these features quite well. Others, well, because they use them in a rather obnoxious way - they don't feel as intuitive.

I once had a student that turned in a digital essay that utilized these features. It was pretty interesting when they had written an essay about whether or not English should remain the "international language" for business ... where they would utilize the additional content sliders to show graphs, statistics, sources, and other helpful bits. Essentially, they used these newer features and utilized them in a way that allowed to make for an easier read. That's intuitive and felt that it was done in a way that helped the reader.

As for technology as a whole, I'm one of the few that "grew up" with technology. As I grew older, I was right next to technology. A new technology came out? I had it or had access to it. I guess because it feels so natural to me that it doesn't alienate me in any way. It's more so when there are those who know about such technology and utilize it just because it "seems cool" without thinking about the impact it'll have on others around them (more so in writing and academia than other fields).
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Uh, right now... In this moment. I cannot relate. I used to feel that way. But I admit, I rely too heavily on technology. I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing or a good thing. It is what it is. But I think people like me do need a non-digital escape sometimes. So, I normally I prefer to buy real books. Or I'll draw traditionally as opposed to digital art. Or you know, just go for a walk without looking at my phone or even listening to music.
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yea its called being ignorant
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ICouldentFindAnyOtherNames wrote:

yea its called being ignorant


How so? Ignorance to technology is different from feeling alienated by it. I know people in their 50's and 60's that think that technology is a "fad" - that's what I would consider an ignorant statement. But feeling alienated because of lack of intuitive interfaces and use-cases of new technology doesn't imply ignorance - just that the developer or author doesn't know how to utilize these features correctly.
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I don't think that alienated is quite the word that I would use. I realize that there are practical applications to technology in our lives. However, I don't like how pervasive technology is, nor do I think it has been completely positive.

I have noticed, on the whole, that people are more impatient and I attribute this to technology. In a world where you can buy most things within minutes, waiting on customer service is impossibly difficult for many people. There is this sense of "Why does it take so long when I can do it on the internet faster?" People complain, yell or sometimes resort to violence when things take what they would consider to be an exorbitant amount of time.

I also don't like how we're replacing face to face interaction in favor of the electronic. I have observed people who will get together for a meal only to each be on their smartphones, texting other people. I have gotten after friends who attempt to do this, asking them why they would even bother getting together if all they want to do is play some insipid game on their phone. And I see myself guilty of it to sometimes in that, when I get home, the first thing I want to do is play some dumb game for a couple minutes to relax.
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Technology, to me, is a double-edged sword. We lose a lot, but there's also a lot of good there. On the whole, I would say it's a good thing, though.

With e-books, the obvious benefits are reduced space and lower consumption of resources. But real books are easier to use in some ways, like skimming for particular information, being able to compare two pages side-by-side, ease of note-taking and reading, less eye-strain than a computer screen, etc. I also like being able kind of tell where I am in the book by the pages behind and ahead of where I'm at. For some books, e-books are fine, but for others, I prefer to have a hard copy.
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No. We use technology in some questionable ways but I honestly think it's pretty much a net positive that will benefit us and the planet massively in the future. We still have a generation of people alive right now that are weary of technology, I think it's somewhat stagnant because of that. I feel like in 10 to 20 years it will begin to move forward at a much more rapid pace as more and more people begin to accept it. I try my best to respect technology and not abuse it, a lot of people certainly do just that. There are so much awesome things coming from technology though, like colonizing mars. That's just so cool to me and I really hope I'm alive to see it, apparently we're gonna be putting boots on Mars by 2025 so I very well may be.

Check out this review of GiTS to better understand my thoughts on this matter, I feel like few people actually come to this conclusion about the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upwkqW6REpA&t=1s

This guy also made some amazing videos analyzing Raiden's conversation with the Patriot AI at the end of Metal Gear Solid 2, they more relate to how people abuse technology and the possible consequences, very profound stuff it's scarily prophetic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V_HzEPHFYE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHzwCOPy0nY



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You are describing cultural shock where you are experiencing a new way of doing things. Cultural shock cannot easily come to mind with new technology in the Western world especially when the individualist worldview cannot explain how economic condition cause cultural change. I experience alienation by technology but this occur more in the workplace: there are pressure to use new technology to stay competitive against others who also use this new technology; technology allow the business managers to turn the workplace into a prison-like setting; technology allow easier import of foreign workers; technology displace human workers with less demanding machine.
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Technology is a tool. It lets us do stuff that we couldn't do normally. If someone doesn't understand how to use the technology, then the technology is useless to them.

On one hand, it could be the technology's fault for being confusing.

On the other hand, it could be the person's fault for not understanding it.

I like to think of technology as an anime superpower, except anyone can have it.
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Not so much by technology but social media, yes.I'm way outta the loop with that shit.
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