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The article "Childhood Obesity and Technology - What’s the connection?” by Angela fals delves deep into just how bad technology is for us. In the article, she says that “AAP has estimated that the average child can spend upwards of 7 hours of TV, internet usage, and video games per day!”, which really got me thinking— just how bad is that for our bodies? Seven hours is almost half of the typical time a person is awake during the day! Don’t think this behavior has just started recently. Technology started its destruction well over 60 years ago. In Farenheit 451 by Ray bradbury in the 1950’s, even he is paranoid about technology taking over our lives. Even back then, technology was a huge part of society, and with world war 2 just being over, many things advanced in order to benefit our war effort. Despite technology benefitting humanity medically, ironically, technology is also responsible for an increase in physical emotional health issues.
Technology can benefit humanity by helping people overcome many medical issues. By using things like heartbeat monitors and AEDs, many heart attacks and heart conditions are not terminally fatal. Things like bacterial infections can now be easily cured with the invention of antibiotics. When penicillin was first widely used, it saved thousands, if not millions of lives, and continues to do so in today’s society. Infections that were once fatal then just meant you had to go to the doctors to take a shot of penicillin! Although Many people would say that the invention of antibiotics alone would be enough to say technology is for the better, I believe that things like the increase in obesity rates and many unhealthy lifestyles are much more bad than penicillin is good. In the article “Technology Leads childhood Obesity” by Samantha Mendoza, Mendoza states that “Even if kids want to go outside and ride their bike, the hours they’ve spent using technology take away their physical energy and make them too tired to go outside.” Many kids in today’s society are not able to keep up with others in things like sports or other outdoor activities. This is because technology is essentially a trap! If you use it too much, you may become unhealthy enough to the point where it is so exhausting to do outdoor activities. If kids cannot do outdoor activities, what will they resort to? Technology.
Althoug technology allows us to help and treat many health problems, it can ironically cause harm to peoples physical well being. In The article “The 19 Worst Technology Related Risks” by Laura Swecherl, it goes in depth into the health effects of technology. She talks about just how bad sitting in front of a computer screen is for children and how it can many sleeping problems. In this article, it says that “the artificial light from laptops and computers can surpress melatonin production, which helps us sleep” (swecheryl.) Sleep problems can be very harmful to kids health. If a kid does not get enough sleep, their academic performance may drop significantly, and they may feel groggy and tired throughout the schooldays. Simple things caused by technology can create huge problems. Effects of little sleep isn’t the only thing computers can cause. They can also cause things like tinnitus, when someone is listening to music or other things with the volume too loud on their headphones. In the article "Hearing Loss and Music” by Linda J.Vorvick, it states that,”The human ear is like any other body part—too much use and it may become damaged. Over time, repeated exposure to loud ouse and music can cause hearing loss.” After seeing many of the same people get yelled at every week to turn down their music during class, it is evident to me that they will be the people who are deaf or have ear damage when they grow up. In the article, it says that headphones can be as loud as a rock concert— if you’re listening to a rock concert for 2 hours a day, of course it is bad for your ears.. What people don’t realize is that headphones are just as loud as rock concerts!
Physical effects are not the only thing that is harmful about technology. Technology can also affect someones emotional well being. Things like cyber bullying can have a serious effect of teens ability to function. Many teens report to have being cyber bullied at least once.The article,”When Bullying goes High Tech” By Elizabeth Landau talks about how technology can have an effect on many people’s emotions. In her article, she says that “Those who say they were seriously cyber bullied were over 4% more likely to have considered suicide than people who were physically bullied.” Suicide is a horrible thing, Technology raises incidents of suicide and self harm rates, according to Landau. Cyber bullying can lower peoples self esteem, thus accounting for a drop in grades in school, and a decrease in their social lives. Technology is not only responsible for loss of self esteem and loss in social lives, but also a loss of social skills. If you were to send someone a text, the person would not hear your voice, see you say it to them, or really bond with you. All it is is text. Not speech, not a letter, but text. Texting doesn’t build good relationships. In the paper “10 reasons why texting is awful to society and ruining it too” by Alexia Lafata, it tells us how texting is by no means benefitting society. In her paper, Alexia says that “All [texting] does is give us another way to interact with other with a lot of added nuances.” By nuances she means things like cliffhangers at the end of almost all texting conversations, awkward greetings, and the feeling of needing to reply. None of these things happen in real life conversations. Texting does not prepare us for the real world, if anything it gives us a false sense of what actual conversation is. People who grow up with texting will get false senses of what actual conversation is like, and this will only add to peoples stress due to awkward conversations and non-realistic chat.
Technology, though very helpful, can cause harm to ones medical state and personal well being. Technology, by causing people to not be physically active, has greatly increased obesity rates. Technology has also caused issues with things like emotional health due to things like cyber bullying and lack of communication skills. Thought technology may be very helpful, in many ways… Is it really worth it?
Ismene and antigone are similar in some ways, and are different in many ways. For example, Ismene is not as loyal to the gods as Antigone, which is demonstrated when Antigone insists on burying Oedipus, but Ismene disapproves of it.
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Although the antagonists in Fahrenheit 451 and then are very much controlled by a dystopic government, their view of the government differs greatly; because of this, the message in each book are different, with Then having more meaning.
Felix and Zelda, two parentless refugees in Nazi Germany, in the book Then by Morris Gleitzman, are on the run from the Nazis because they despise them. Felix and Zelda have been friends as long as they can remember. Zelda, the younger of the pair, is a six year old Jewish girl who, guarded by Felix, must survive in Nazi Poland. After narrowly escaping from a train to a concentration camp, they must find safety. With Nazis who wish to execute the pair being around every corner, it is not hard to see why they hate the German government. Numerous times, the two are shot at by German soldiers, just barely escaping death. After coming across a polish farmer named Genia, who also dislikes the Nazis, who helps Felix and Zelda by housing the two, they can finally have a safe place to stay for a while. While in protection by Genia, Felix has a few run-ins with a Hitler-youth member who tries to see if he has been hiding any jews, or is even a Jew himself; despite that fact, he remains protective of his friend and reminds her not to give up and that their fugitive status will soon be over. Felix almost never gets a break, but that doesn’t change his will to survive. Felix and Zelda are ruled by brutal fascists who are consistently terrorized by the new government of their country; because of this, they hate their invaders for good reason.
There are many similarities between the antagonists in Then and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The antagonists in both novels live in totalitarian dictatorships. Zelda and Felix are two troubled children running around with no place to stay, while Guy has a home, a car, and food to eat. Guy is relatively safe from his government until the later stages of the book, whereas Zelda and Felix are constantly on the lookout for Nazis. Zelda and Felix, unable to make decisions to get them out of the situation due to their young age, are unable to fight back against their government; Guy easily devises plans to get back at his rulers. Under Nazi rule, the characters of Then are always being hunted. Guy, being the law-abiding citizen that he is, is never in danger until he puts himself into danger. This gives him the freedom to fight back. Here lies the ultimate difference between the two books; What we can learn from guy is that the people control the government, not the other way around— Felix and Zelda’s story tells the atrocities that happen when you can’t take a stand for yourself. Guy, being curious, simply helps himself to reading a book for once. Zelda and Felix are unable to help themselves to anything because they will be executed.
It is the antagonists characters fear of the government that shows the moral of the book. One lesson learned is very much more thought provoking than the other. A lesson learned from Guy is to take a stand for yourself, and that one person can make a difference on the government. Zelda and Felix, being unable to do this, are trapped in their society. A lesson learned from Zelda and Felix’s story is how horrible the Nazis were, and how they even abused young children, and how governments like that should be put to a stop. Guy, being in a similar situation, is not really affected as harshly as children would be, so you don’t get as much out of Fahrenheit 451 as you do from Then. The vivid descriptions of Then really hit you hard and give you a feel of just how awful their government was and the importance of keeping the world free of governments like theirs.