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1ENC 1102 Section 0099 September, 2015Technology the Scapegoat of Our GenerationTechnology is rapidly and continually expanding throughout the world that we live in today. Through this use of technology, comes major distractions and more often than not, the inability to focus on a single task. Both Richard Restak (author of “Attention Deficit: The Brain Syndrome of Our Era”) and Alexandra Samuel (author of “Plug In Better’: A Manifesto”) argue that the new technology arising today is having a profound effect on the human brain by making hard for people to pay attention. Restak discusses the dangerous effects of multitasking and technology on our brain by making it harder to focus our attention and Samuel argues that peopleneed only ‘plug in better’ in order to optimize the use of technology for what is needed and to notget distracted. Both authors write about technology and the effects of it on the human brain, but, Restak believes that technology leads to detrimental behaviors such as inefficient multitasking while Samuel argues that technology can be honed for our personal endeavors. Technology beingintertwined in our daily lives is inevitable, we must simply adapt to it and learn how to use it to our advantage. It can be used to our advantage because we can learn how to incorporate it better in the tasks we perform and can also provide numerous amounts of connection to other people around the world.Technology is used all around us to a great extent and can be a great help, but only if we make it a great help. Distractions are often accompanied with the involvement of technology and both authors agree that the distractions are very inefficient to have. In order to keep distractions at bay, we must focus our attention on the tasks we are performing and keep focused on them
2until they are done. There is a plethora of advantages that technology can provide such as when Samuel states that “this new online world offers extraordinary opportunities for creation, discovery, and connection”. This shows that the new technology, the internet in particular, can bevery advantageous to us if we know when and how to use it. Another advantage of technology is that it can provide many great machines in other fields such as for medicine. Technology has become the forefront of medical innovation and is primarily responsible for many great medical feats such as: increasing the life spans of humans, being able to perform open heart surgery and keeping the patient alive during the time of this surgery, and even creating machines that can

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