[Technology – a Boon or Bane?]
By: Michelle Chiang Man Ying (Hall 10)
Take on an imaginary ride with me.
“Ring, ring… ring, ring…” At 8:45 in the morning, you put off the blaring alarm bell on your smartphone. Still drowsy and sluggish, you realized – you are late for school again. Fortunately, you managed to get everything ready within 10 minutes, and arrived the classroom at CMC right on time.
Bringing your laptop with you, you immediately opened a blank word document to jot down class notes. In between breaks, you surfed the Internet to relax yourself in such a hustling morning. After the three hours lecture, you whatsapped your friend and decided to meet him up at AC1.
While walking down the hill to the main campus, you have your earphones plugged in, and started listening to Spotify, the free music playing application available on smartphones. On the way, you saw several familiar faces, yet failed to match their faces with names. In order to avoid awkward moments, you kept on ‘thubbing’ to make yourself seemed occupied.
You finally met up with your friend, and the two of you decided to go for lunch. Using your smartphone again, you searched on Google to look for the hot picked restaurants of the week…
The imagination is over. Yet, what I have mentioned seemed not unusual to you right? It was just an ordinary life for most teenagers in Hong Kong, which you have only walked through half of a day.
Technology makes our lives much easier, but at the same time it brings us distractions and make us dependent on them. Take myself as an example, I honestly could not imagine living a day without a smartphone, or working without my MacBook.
With no doubt, technology has invaded, intervened, integrated or revolutionized our lives, whatever verb you would like to use to describe. One thing to be sure is that it has already been an indispensable part of us.
Having so much reliance on technology, is it a good or bad thing? This is a question that I have pondered over lately, and still don’t have an answer to it.
文: 蔣敏瑩 (舍堂十)
譯: 段延麟 (賽馬會群智堂)