Bill Gates once said , “I think it is fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we have ever created.” This is extremely true and is an accurate reflection of how computers have influenced our lives.
Since its inception, computers have become an integral and extremely vital part of our day-to-day life. They have proved to be extremely beneficial in each and every aspect of of our life. They help analyse massive amounts of data at one go thus saving large chunks of time and money as well. This, combined with the great invention of the internet has caused the computer to be immensely advantageous. The internet provides a remarkably large wealth of information with a single click. It is a platform for knowledge, art, literature, science and much more. Education has also taken a massive leap with the aid of computers and the internet.
It helps students to complete assignments, projects, improve their academic performance and provide them with various resources for all course related work. Websites that give online courses provide students with another resource to fall back upon.
However, just like a coin, the computer also has another side. This side of the computer is exceedingly harmful to all spheres of society. One of its main effects upon people, especially children is that it has stunted social development. This is because the users are drawn into an artificial world where their eyes are always glued to the screen thus preventing healthy social interactions. Moreover, children as well as teenagers are being drawn towards a platform where cyberbullying, trolling, body shaming, drugs, violence, inappropriate language, pictures and content are rampant. Social media has become an addiction for youngsters and even adults!
Computers also have many adverse effects on our health. They negatively affect our posture, our ability to see, our muscles and even our nervous system. They also expose us to radiation that can cause cancer, tumours, miscarriage, birth defects, headache and insomnia.
Given that computers are not wholly perfect, I think that they should play a fairly small role in our lives. This is because I believe that we can achieve our goals and tasks without them. Libraries also have a fair amount of resources which can be used for school work. So, in conclusion, life with barely any use of computers would be a better an d more logical choice instead of a life- long addiction to the same.