Is Technology Good or Bad? It seems that the debate about technology has been going on for a while. Some people think it is bad, while some people think it is good. Still others think it has elements of both good and bad. So what are we talking about when we say “technology”? What is Technology? The word “technology” in this context will be used to describe all kinds of modern technology: laptops, smartphones, iPads, iPods, etc. These kinds of technology have been invented fairly recently. People who believe that these new kinds of technology are good claim that smartphones and iPads help make our lives more efficient. We can look up facts instantly on the Internet because we always have the Internet with us. Gone are the days where we have to wait to get back home to our desktop computer before we wait for our search engine to slowly load our question. We can type a question into Google right then and there and receive an answer almost instantaneously. People believe having so much information at our fingertips is good. They see people as more informed and more educated. Smartphones – Part of our Everyday Lives With a smartphone, you can look up what Britney Spears just tweeted, and then click over to the score of your favorite basketball team, and then go over to checking the weather in a nearby city. It is all so easy and quite convenient. However, there are those are argue that having so much technology at our fingertips is detrimental to our society. They claim that people with smartphones are on them constantly, separating themselves from what is going on around them and real live conversations with people, face-to-face. Many people claim that all of this technology really isolates people. They think that people do not have time to appreciate the world around them because they are always staring down at their phones. And then there are those who believe that modern technology can be good and bad. They believe that technology is good when it is used correctly and properly, and it is bad when used incorrectly and improperly. If you’re using your smartphone to look up a score really fast and then you put it away, that is fine. But if you’re at a dinner with family and friends and you’re on your phone the whole time, then that is a problem. If you use your phone and iPad for work, that is fine. But if you take your work home with you and use your iPad while you should be spending time with your family, then that isn’t good. Technology can also be helpful to students who are working towards earning a graphic arts degree. A person who wants a graphic arts degree definitely has to use all kinds of modern technology in order to become skilled in the field of graphic design. Whatever your opinion may be on the matter, it is clear that technology is shaping our society as we know it. Whether we are for or against it, technology is still going to be all around us.