So this weekend I went to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. I went there for their Open House. I have been thinking about transferring for quite some time now. I like VCU but I do not feel as connected as I should be to this school. It was very fun and interesting. I was picked up from school on Friday and I drove to Greensboro. I was kind of getting irritated while driving because my dad was sitting next to me (which I wanted him to) and my mother was sitting in the back because sometimes she gets nervous. Anyways so I’m driving and she’s like “Watch out for this!” “Whoo Whoo, slow down!!” And in my mind I’m like “Ma, calm down. I got this”. I was just getting irritated because she said she was going to sit in the back and go to sleep but as soon as I get into the driver’s seat, she’s wide awake and giving her input which was the same thing my dad was doing so I didn’t need a re-iterator. But, my mother is my girl/my best friend so I know all of the stuff that she does it is all out of love. On Saturday morning, we all woke up early and drove to NCAT. I absolutely loved the school. I like how the campus is more contained and the atmosphere is better for me, personally. But one thing I can say about both VCU and NCAT is they both have great connections and resources for their students. They will hook you up with good internships for your major and future career. I know there is an ongoing debate about HBCUS vs. PWIs and this is how I feel: you need to go to a school that best suits your major and supports you for who you are as a person. It does not matter about which college you go to (for the most part) as long as you get a good education. Although I may transfer to NCAT I believe and know that God had me here for a reason even if it was just only for one year. I know God brought me here to minister to, encourage, and support people that I have came in contact with each and every day.
Despite many positive effects of technology, there are also negative effects to technology. Technology has issues involved that causes people to be malicious and have a lack of compassion towards others because a lot of people in today’s world tend to laugh at others pain and suffering without any sympathy. This causes people to put up a front and hide their emotions because they feel as if no one will care to help them. Technology also causes people to have low self-esteem and along with that technology used as a tool and being misused has abused a lot of people and a lot of people have lost their lives behind technology. For example, there are many adolescents who are constantly on social media comparing themselves to others saying, “I wish I had the money to afford that Gucci or Versace belt he is wearing,” “I wish I could be light-skinned because lighter skin is prettier than dark skin.” and/or “I wish I had as many followers as they do.” When teenagers say things like this, it causes them to have a false sense of hope as if the people with “money” and “followers” that they see on social media have better lives than they do when they can be just as unhappy as they are. However, the pictures you see on Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter hides the pain they may be experiencing.
The increase in technology has caused a division in relationships. This is a prime example of what is causing people to have a lack of communication skills. Adolescents especially lack communication skills because they are so consumed with their electronic devices that they prefer communication through text or having a conversation over the phone rather than having a conversation face-to-face. This creates a problem in job interviews; people are becoming more comfortable with communicating through the phone, it is challenging for them to sit through an interview without feeling the urge to reach for their phone and check their notifications. A big component that I think the younger generation is missing is communication skills because when they communicate via social media or with the tools they use, you really can’t get a sense of who the person is, and they give you a false sense of who they are. Another issue that derives from a lack of communication skills within the younger generation is a lack of attentiveness and focus. For example, a student could be having a serious conversation with their friend on FaceTime and their friend will miss key information because they are doing other things on their phone then, the person will constantly ask “Are you listening?”, “Are you still there?” and the other person will respond by saying “Wait, huh? What did you say? I was doing something, I’m sorry.” It is imperative that we, as a people resemble acts of compassion to maintain relationships.
Have you ever thought about the effect technology has on society? Technology has a major impact on people’s lives all over the world. The world has had a number of technological advances over the years. Some of the technological advances include: cell phones, computers, cars, trains, planes, and other technology-invested items and models. Although, there are positive effects of technology, there are also negative effects. However, you must be aware of how much technology you utilize on a day to day basis. Technology is the use of people, objects, and tools to simplify the world around them. The amount of technology in the world has increased dramatically in the most recent years. With technology becoming more prevalent, it is improving the quality of life, helping people to function better, save time, and a plethora of other things. With technology improving medically, is it important that patients get their suggested vaccines such as, influenza, tetanus, meningococcal, and the human papillomavirus vaccine. In 1886, the first car was invented, in 1804, the first train was invented, and in 1903, the first plane was invented. With these different means of transportation, it allowed people to travel at a reasonable amount of time. Since cars, trains, and planes are being improved daily, people are now able to listen to music, watch a movie, play games, travel with heavy luggage, and more. With vehicles like minivans, these are used for a great cause to better the community by transporting things to different locations. Technology has also improved communication and has improved education systems all over the world: “Education is the backbone of every economy. Many schools have started integrating educational technologies in their schools with a great aim of improving the way students learn. Technologies like smart whiteboards, computers, mobile phones, iPads, projectors, and internet are being used in classrooms to boost students moral to learn.” (Ramey, Karehka.) Having these amazing factors available, students can learn from teachers all over the world, while sitting at home in their pajamas, and in an environment that is suitable for them.
There is a growing access to the different means of transportation. In the past, people used to walk and ride bikes to get from place to place. Transportation has a major effect on today’s society. Nowadays, it takes just a few minutes to get on the bus, catch an uber, lyft, or taxi. This is helpful to people who do not own vehicles and people who cannot drive. With people carpooling in taxis, ubers, and lyfts saves the world from pollution.