The question, “Does technology improve our lives?” is one that Americans have been debating for well over a hundred years. The American writer Henry David Thoreau wrote in Walden, “We do not ride upon the railroad; it rides upon us.” In other words, Thoreau felt that instead of enhancing the quality of life, technology actually controlled people’s lives and created a living environment that became more complicated instead of simplified.
In a story posted today at Fox News, a new survey claims that only half of all Americans embrace Internet and cell phone technologies. The Pew Internet and Life Project report that:
- 31% of Americans are “elite” technology users
- 20% are “moderate” technology users
- 49% have little or no use for technology
What do you think of these numbers? Are these statistics surprising to you at all? You can read the report and see the survey at http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/213/report_display.asp . You can also take a survey and see what kind of technology user you are at http://www.pewinternet.org/quiz/.
What do you think? Does technology improve your life, or does it cause your life to be busier and more complicated? Let us know what you think!