Electronics: Drug of the World? By Roberto Gonzalez

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Drugs.  One of many definitions for the word is ‘any article, other than food, intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of humans or other animals.’  Now take a look at the drugs that are world-renown.  There are bad drugs, such as crack, cocaine, and heroine that give users a false sense a euphoria for a temporary time period.  However, there are good drugs as well.  Medical drugs such as morphine, or Aspirin, relieve pain from the user, allowing for further progress to be made throughout the day.  However, too much of a good thing can be bad and possibly deadly.  Any type of medicine taken incorrectly can have dangerous after-effects.  What is even more dangerous is that good or bad; people can become addicted to them.  Today, something new has become just as dangerous and addictive as drugs: Electronics.

Think back to when you woke up this morning.  Did you stumble around in the dark, or did you turn on a light or TV?  On weekends, do you sit around watching the clouds, or are you on a computer or a gaming station?  When you leave the house, do you bring some change for a payphone, or do you carry around a little device that lets you call and text anyone with a push of the button?  The answer that most would choose is the second.  Electricity is a gift that has been modified and strengthened throughout the years.  However, just like with anything in the world, there is only so much good that can be taken before it becomes bad.

39; That is the number of states that have officially made it illegal to text and drive.  Texting is a phenomenal creation that allows people the chance to talk to others without actually talking to each other.  Some conversations are difficult to understand, so texting has made it easier to get points across during certain situations.  Nowadays, saying texting is popular is an understatement.  It is now rare to see someone who does not text at all.  Texting has become an addictive part of the human experience.  However, just like any other addiction, it has become dangerous and deadly.  People now text and drive quite often, and not only the drivers, but innocent lives have had to pay the price.  Statistics show that over 6000 people are killed via car accidents that involved cell phones.  More than half a million others make it out with their lives, but are scarred in more ways than one.

Almost everything is run through computers nowadays.  Police officers use computers to look up information about criminals in the system and any other crimes that have occurred.  People use computers to pay bills and chat with friends.  Currently, Facebook is the most addictive site on the web.  That may be good for the creators of Facebook, but chatting sites and blogs have caused so much pain and torture throughout the years.  Cyber-bullying is a dangerous threat that is often brushed under the rug.  Many people commit suicide or contemplate dangerous acts because someone online has mocked or belittled them.  Some cases of cyber-bullying have taken more than one life; lives that can never be brought back.

However, there are good uses for electronics as well; uses that benefit humans.  Hospitals use state-of-the-art machines in order to help people.  There are items such as X-rays, which allow doctors to see any fractures or broken bones that may be causing pain to patients.  However, too much of X-rays can kill a person.  Using only a small dose causes no harm to patients.  Another item that is purely beneficial is the ultrasound machine.  Ultrasounds can be used to see if there are any problems with organs and allow doctors to find a way to help them.  An exceedingly great use for the ultrasound is used for child development.  Expecting mothers commonly use ultrasounds to see their babies growing inside them; a new life in this growing world.

Are electronics the drug of the world?  There are both good and bad uses for them.  They can become dangerously addicting.  Finally, consequences from either use may have a chance of never being fixed.  To see how others responded, I held a survey with 50 people: students, teachers, pastors, parents, and many more.  The results were surprising.  10 out of 50 people all said that electronics were not like a drug.  When asked, one reviewer said, “Like anything in life, it depends on the person.  Moderation can prevent addiction, but, once again, it is solely based on the person using the electronic, not the electronic itself.”

10 out of 50 people had said that electronics were not like drugs.  That could show that 1 out of every 5 people could agree with this reviewer’s thoughts.  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and as such, I was glad to receive this though.  However, how do you feel?  Can you see your life without your electronics?  Are electronics addictive?  No matter how you feel, there is one thing for certain.  The next time you sit down to watch TV, your mind will ask you this question:  Are Electronics the new designer drug of the world?


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