The use of technology in our daily activities is a risk to lose of identities. The technology has been put into different usages like the use of Smartphones for communication, Internet connection, and electronic calculators for calculations. The continuous technology causes addictions and the loss of our identities.
The use of Internet enables Smartphones had increased the use different social media platforms. For example, Facebook is the most popular social media platforms that are making the world like a global village (Boyd 30). The use of social media to handle issues such social, economic, and political reduces the capacity to deal with the same matters on real life situations.
The overreliance on computers answering the daily life questions such as how to be happy, how to become rich, and how to succeed in life reduces our capacity to think. Research is simple in the 21st century because the information is available on the Internet. As a result, few people read extensively in the books to find out answers to their problem. The use of the Internet is a threat to critical thinking hence the loss of our identity (Boyd 36).
The contemporary students cannot solve simple arithmetic without the use of calculators. The brains of most students have been conditioned to use the calculators. As a result, students are losing the art of using their brains to add and subtract small figure. It uses the Internet to know of formula, and ways of finding solutions to mathematics problems are one way to lose the art of reading and practice (Erikson 75, 77).
The use of forms calls and social media to bond with family friends causes lose care of each other. The phones calls and social media causes and impression that everything is okay. With time, the traditions of visiting relatives are lost and therefore the loss of identity (Boyd 41-2). It may be hard to discussion difficult issues in person when we rely on social media. Social media create a false confidence and impressions on serious matters. As a result, a person loses the natural way of resolving conflicts and encouraging real audience.
What Does It Mean To Be Human?
The perceptions of different people differ regarding the definition of being human. In the biblical perspective, being human is having the image and likeness of God. The philosophical view holds that being human involves being a man with dignity. In the scientific perspective, being human involves the ability to reason, respond to stimuli and to be rational in all the actions (Appiah 76). The unique characteristics of human beings such as making rational decisions caring for others, planning our lives and having a destiny defines a human. In this case, the behavior of human is distinct from that of animals. In a different perspective, being human is beyond the possession of the physical characteristics of a human being. For example, it is the ability to see and pity fellow human beings in their situations (Kittelson and Wiersma 73-4). It is common to hear people considering others to being humane. In such context, being human implies showing kindness, understanding, and judging the situations before acting in a rational manner (Appiah 156).
The human race is unique from the animal kingdom because of the ability reason and thinks rationally in various situations. Human beings observe ethics and are distinguished from the different types of individuals on the face of the earth (Kittelson and Wiersma 93-4). They also differ from other types of the animal kingdom from how they respond to stimuli in the long term. Plants and animal depict a response to stimuli in a short-term basis. In the 21st century, humanity can also be evaluated by people’s ability to be responsible for using natural resources and caring for the environments (Appiah 129). In the past few years, wanton destruction of the environment in the quest for profits has been experienced. It takes the concept of humanity for an individual to stand against those contributing environmental protection because future generations have to be protected.
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Kittelson, James M. and Wiersma Hans H. Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career. Fortress Press, U.S., 2016