ELI 184

11/21/2017

Summary-Response Essay

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Rosen, L. (2014, October 17). Our obsessive relationship with technology. Retrieved

from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-larry-rosen/our-obsession-relationshi_

b_6005726.html

 

In the article “Our Obsessive Relationship with Technology,” Dr. Larry Rosen (2014) discusses people’s fascination with technology today, as well as some problems that cell phone addiction and digital addiction bring to people. Our obsessive relationship means that people spend a long time on technology such as mobile phones, computers, and the Internet, even ignoring real relationships. However, the author still believes that people’s obsessive relationship with technology is only a temporary process and remains optimistic about it. Personally, I agree with most of the author’s views in this article, but some points are not clear, and the author’s attitude towards the future seems overly optimistic.

Rosen makes three points in his article. Firstly, the author argues that people have been obsessed with technology rather than addiction to technology – obsession is a form of anxiety based disorder, mainly to alleviate anxiety, not to be happy. This also explains why people won’t leave their smart phones even in a very short period of time. The author cites three examples of people’s dependence on mobile phones, including people who check email during meals, people who are busy taking photos during the trip, and those who always hold their phones in their hands. Next, Rosen notes two implications to our real life from the tech obsession, which include missed the real social interaction and disrupted our sleep cycle. Finally, Rosen still believes that our fascination with technology will diminish over time and new things appear — as a pendulum will fall naturally when it reaches its peak, and he will remain optimistic about it in the future.

I agree with Rosen’s first point; I also have some new ideas. As the author said, people’s attachment to tech products is becoming more and more serious, and an increasing number of people are joining them. My grandmother, an 80-year-old Chinese woman, has learned to use WeChat (a social networking app like Facebook) and spends more and more time on her mobile phone every day. In China, it’s easy to see young people using their mobile phones when they walking on the streets, as well as when they take the subway and eate meals. In my opinion, people’s obsession with technology is also related to the urbanization process. For example, when I was a child, I used to play with my neighbor’s children, but when we moved to the city and lived in an apartment, we could only chat on our mobile phones. Because of the high speed of urban and social development, the relationship between people is becoming fragile. There is no interaction among neighbors; they are just like strangers. As a result, people have to indulge in technology products such as mobile phones because they provide the easiest way to communicate and interact.

I also agree with Rosen’s second point. There is no doubt that being addicted to technology can lead to a lot of health and life problems. As Rosen says, many people still check their phones when they are with their family and friends. My friend complained to me that he had dinner with his parents, but everyone was playing their cell phone. This is not a special case, but it is becoming a common phenomenon. We often ignore what’s really important – real interaction with friends and parents – because of our over-addiction to technology. In addition, a large percentage of people prefer to play with their phones before sleep, making their sleep time delayed. For teenagers, this behavior also affects their vision. In the long run, people’s sleep time is not guaranteed and their energy goes down.

I take the third point mentioned by Rosen with a grain of salt. Mr. Rosen seems overly optimistic about people’s obsession with technology in the future. Although Rosen argues that our fascination with technology dissipates over time, there is no compelling argument for it. It makes no sense to be optimistic. In my opinion, the impact of technology on people will continue, and the constant updating of software and applications will still attract people’s curiosity and interest. During my primary school years, Chinese people were addicted to QQ, an instant chat and video software. In my high school, the most popular app in China has changed to weibo, where people are happy to share their lives with the software. However, people who are inseparable from mobile phones are always the same. Therefore, people need to recognize the negative effects of technology on people and take effective measures, otherwise this problem will have an impact on the health and life of more and more people.

In conclusion, Rosen puts forward some of his own views on people’s obsessive relationship with technology in this article and be optimistic to this issue in the future. However, people’s infatuation with technology can lead to health and life problems such as affect interpersonal communication and sleep cycles. Therefore, we should not be blindly optimistic, but be cautious. (818 words)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summary

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Rosen, L. (2014, October 17

). Our obsessive relationship with technology. Retrieved

 

from

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr

larry

rosen/our

obsession

relationshi_

 

b_6

005726.html

 

 

In

the

article

Our Obsessive Relationship

with

 

Technology

,

 

Dr. Larry Rosen

 

(201

4

) discusses

people’s fascination with technology today, as well as some

 

problems that cell phone addiction and digital addiction bring to people

. Our

obsessive relationship means that people spend a long time on technology such as

mobile phones, computers, and the Internet, even ignoring real relationships.

However, the autho

r still believes that people’s obsessive relationship with technology

is only a temporary process and remains optimistic about it. Personally, I agree with

most of the author’s views in this article, but some points are not clear, and the

author’s attitude

 

towards the future seems overly optimistic.

 

Rosen makes three points in his article. Firstly, the author argues that people have

been obsessed with technology rather than addiction to technology

 

obsession is a

form of anxiety based disorder, mainly to a

lleviate anxiety, not to be happy. This also

explains why people won’t leave their smart phones even in a very short period of

time. The author cites three examples of people’s dependence on mobile phones,

including people who check email during meals, peo

ple who are busy taking photos

during the trip, and those who always hold their phones in their hands. Next, Rosen

notes two implications to our real life from the tech obsession, which include missed

ELI 184

11/21/2017

Summary-Response Essay

 

Rosen, L. (2014, October 17). Our obsessive relationship with technology. Retrieved

from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-larry-rosen/our-obsession-relationshi_

b_6005726.html

 

In the article “Our Obsessive Relationship with Technology,” Dr. Larry Rosen

(2014) discusses people’s fascination with technology today, as well as some

problems that cell phone addiction and digital addiction bring to people. Our

obsessive relationship means that people spend a long time on technology such as

mobile phones, computers, and the Internet, even ignoring real relationships.

However, the author still believes that people’s obsessive relationship with technology

is only a temporary process and remains optimistic about it. Personally, I agree with

most of the author’s views in this article, but some points are not clear, and the

author’s attitude towards the future seems overly optimistic.

Rosen makes three points in his article. Firstly, the author argues that people have

been obsessed with technology rather than addiction to technology – obsession is a

form of anxiety based disorder, mainly to alleviate anxiety, not to be happy. This also

explains why people won’t leave their smart phones even in a very short period of

time. The author cites three examples of people’s dependence on mobile phones,

including people who check email during meals, people who are busy taking photos

during the trip, and those who always hold their phones in their hands. Next, Rosen

notes two implications to our real life from the tech obsession, which include missed

 

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