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Technology can empower or enslave: the good, the bad and the ugly

Striving to seek the good uses of technology can protect us from the snare of the negative uses.
Wendy Jessen, FamilyShare Modified: April 29, 2014 at 10:18 am •  Published: May 5, 2014

Technology in the world is quickly advancing into better, faster means of "connecting" to just about anything you could possible want or need. Though this means greater accessibility for many good things, the opposite is also true. There are many downfalls of excessive or inappropriate use of technology. Know the difference and choose wisely. Randall Ridd, a leader over a worldwide youth organization stated, "Your choices determine whether technology will empower you or enslave you."

The ugly

Don't stumble into the pitfalls of using the Internet and other technology for potentially dangerous actions. Viewing pornography, seeking inappropriate information or using computers or smartphones for debasing or salacious reasons will not benefit you or anyone else in the world. Just because it is readily available does not mean you should view or use it. Negative side effects may not show up immediately or all at once, but they will come. Such uses can lead to bullying, abuse, depression, addiction, self-destructive attitudes or acts, affairs, divorce, financial woes and an overall sense of discordance and unhappiness.

The bad

In moderation, some uses of technology are OK. But, when it becomes excessive or inappropriate in nature, that's when it is a problem. For instance, playing games occasionally is probably all right, as long as the material is appropriate. However, when it consumes your life and you find yourself sitting for hours addicted to "just one more level," that's when you ought to reevaluate your usage.

Another problem is overuse of social media. Hours of fruitless time on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat or other similar sites can be an area of concern. Essentially, you are accomplishing nothing, people are neglected, lessons at school, work is ignored and tasks that you ought to be accomplishing are waiting on the sidelines. Also, if social media is being used for bullying or other cruel or improper reasons, it needs to stop. Beware and avoid these and other poor choices that are often made while using social media.

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