[Technology – a Boon or Bane?] 【科技–是福是禍?】

Real People Audience: Adults Teenagers Movie Theater Phone Texti

 

[Technology – a Boon or Bane?]

By: Michelle Chiang Man Ying (Hall 10)

Image: blogs.intel.com

 

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.

 

【科技–是福是禍?】

文: 蔣敏瑩 (舍堂十)

圖: blogs.intel.com

譯: 段延麟 (賽馬會群智堂)

 

跟我踏上一場想像之旅吧。

 

叮鈴鈴,叮鈴鈴。早晨八點四十五分,你關掉了吵鬧的手機鬧鈴。昏昏欲睡的你意識到——上課又要遲到了。還好,你十分鐘內就打理妥當準備出門,準時到達了位於邵逸夫創意媒體中心的課室。

 

帶著筆記本電腦的你馬上打開了一個空的文本文檔記筆記。在課堂休息的時候,你上著網,試圖在這個匆忙的早晨喘口氣。三小時上課過後,你給你的朋友發了一個Whatsapp訊息,約他在學術樓一見面。

 

去見面的路上,你帶著耳機,用Spotify這個免費流媒體軟件聽著歌。在路上,你看到了一些熟悉的身影卻怎麼都想不起他們的名字。於是為了避免尷尬,你只好假裝自己一直在忙。

 

見到朋友之後,你們決定一起去吃午餐。用谷歌的“本週熱門餐廳”推薦,你成功搜索到了想去的餐廳。

 

我們就想像到這裡吧。但是,我們所想像的一切,其實都無比熟悉,不是嗎?因為這不過就是大部分香港學生會渡過的半天。

 

科技讓我們的生活變的更簡單,但同時也讓我們的注意力分散,讓我們對這些電子產品產生依賴。就以我為例,我真的沒有辦法想像沒有手機的一天我會怎麼渡過,沒有MacBook的我要怎麼工作。

 

毫無疑問,科技一方面侵佔了、干擾了我們的生活,卻也同時整合了甚至革新了我們的衣食住行。不可否認的就是科技已經成為了我們日常生活中不可分割的一部份。

 

如此依賴科技,是福是禍?我苦思冥想,卻得不到答案。

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