I'm going to start off with a pros and cons list for you guys to think about before you answer this question. And when I say new technology I'm talking about things like iPhones, Androids, Blackberries, Facebook, iPads, Kindle, Playbook, fancy laptops, PS3, Xbox 360 (and, honestly, the reason I don't include the Wii is because most games that people lose their families over are on the PS3, XBox, or PC - Call of Duty, Gears of War, Battlefield 3, World of Warcaft, etc.) Pros 1. Makes it easier to communicate with people in places where regular telephones aren't usable (ie. subway, restaurants, stores, parks...etc.) 2. Makes it easier for people who are anxious, esp. with social anxiety to talk to other people through texting or the computer instead of on the phone or in person. 3. Makes it easier for certain evidence to stand up in court when we have the opportunity to quickly take pictures, videos, or messages as evidence to prove our case (ie. in a hit and run accident one might be able to take a picture of the person's license plate if they have a cell phone handy). 4. Allows authorities/medical professionals to be contacted quickly in case of an emergency. 5. Easy internet access wherever you go. 6. Gives us something to pass the time with if we are bored. Cons 1. Texting has made people completely FORGET proper grammar, because when they text "dey type lyk dis" or use numbers in place of letters. Nowadays, even with all of our hardworking English professors at colleges all across the world, nobody gives a shit that "your" is actually referring to one's possession of something. For instance, "your banana", "your backpack", etc., while "you're" is a contraction meaning "you are". For instance, "You're welcome.", "You're pretty.", etc. 2. Phones, computers, and tablets interrupt one's time with their wife and kids because most of us take them EVERYWHERE with us, even to take a dump. So, if your family goes out to a restaurant, or if you're sitting at home with your wife, and instead of paying attention to her, you keep checking your phone for alerts from your friends or the statistics of sports games. 3. Because technology is so easy to use, it has made us as a society a lot lazier, and more unwilling to do more difficult tasks. I mean, I understand not wanting to deal with mailing a letter that will get there in a week's time when you can e-mail that person and get it to them a minute later, but this type of behavior carries on to other things as well. In general, we're MUCH lazier than the generation of people who was missing all of those things. So what does that say about us? Instead of working hard to get what we want, we can get it done in the matter of seconds and then sit our lazy asses on the couch and play XBox. 4. Facebook is considered this new, revolutionary way to do social networking online...but really what it is, is a way to gossip, a way for high schoolers and middle schoolers to cyber-bully their classmates, a way to make it extremely easy to cheat on one's spouse, and a way for underage girls to get raped or killed by a cyber-stalker. 5. Because of new technology, people spend all their time with their electronics instead of going out there and actually exploring life...traveling to new places and seeing new things. Nobody cares about that anymore. They only care about getting right to the damn computer when they come home from work. Fuck spending time with their family, fuck going out somewhere and having a good time with friends, let's just sit and stare at the computer screen until our eyes bleed. 6. New technology has also made us a more materialistic society. And again, we forget about what truly matters in life. Imagine a little 13 year old girl crying because she didn't get the Android she wanted for Christmas. I mean what the hell does a 13 year old need a phone like that for in the first place?? Because all her friends have it of course, and she doesn't want to be outcasted. If we're suddenly not able to get that laptop, or ipad, or iphone we wanted, it's suddenly the end of the world and we hate our lives. Material possessions can be replaced. Your family can't. So I've named both what I think are pros and cons of the new technology of 2012. Just to briefly go over them: Pros are: Easier to communicate with people, easier for people with mental disorders to communicate and express themselves, helps to prove certain situations in legal proceedings, easier to contact 911 and police in cases of emergencies, makes it easy to look something up online on the go, and suppresses boredom. Cons are: They've made people a lot dumber and less focused on education; they've ruined or at least strained many relationships; they've made us lazier and less hard-working; they've made it easier for one to cheat on their spouse, for pedophiles to entice children, and to bully teenagers until it drives them to the brink of suicide, they've made it less likely for anyone to actually care to go places and travel the world and learn/see new things rather than sit on the computer all day, and lastly, they've made us more materialistic rather than focusing on what truly matters like our families and friends. So, you decide...overall, is new technology a good thing or a bad thing? And why?