Modern Technology: Friend or Foe

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Modern Technology: Friend or Foe America and many other industrialized countries have become very used to the advanced technology that has easily developed in the last couple decades. It is well known that technology serves a vital purpose in our everyday lives. From cell phones, computers, television, and iPods, people have become so fascinated with these objects that they forget sometimes things are too good to be true; dependence on technology leads to isolation, obesity, laziness, ignorance, and other health risks. Would people be lost not knowing what to do with themselves if these tools were taken away from us? The point is not to say that technology is ruining society, but rather that nations across the world are losing touch of reality because of their need for an easier faster way of life. Cell phones are a fairly new technology that has benefited people a great deal. Today, approximately 60,000 to 70,000 cell phones are sold each day in the United States (Kovach par. 1). Over 110 million Americans use cell phones. Worldwide, it is estimated that about 1 billion people use cell phones. It is because of cell phones that we are able to communicate to a large group or a single person when need be. However this amazing and convenient contraption has many downsides. As the number of cell phones, towers, and other wireless antennas increase rapidly in developed nations, people have become concerned about the effects of regular exposure to radio frequency radiation on our health. EMR from cellular phones—both the radiation from the handsets and from the tower-based antennas carrying the signals—have linked to development of brain tumors, genetic damage, eye cancer, infertility, attention span deficit, memory loss, anxiety, and other exposure-related conditions (Kim par. 3). Yet the government and a well-funded cell phone industry continue to mislead the
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