Technological Laziness By David Smith Why are people so lazy? Could it be from the rapid development of technology? It seems these days that people do things the easiest way possible. With all the modern day advances that we’ve had people spend more time on the couch and less time at work or play. Is technology making us lazy? Has technology made life too easy? Some may argue that technology is suppose to make life easier, but technology is crippling are way of life. Technological advances are making people lazy. The more technology people have the lazier they become.
Technology makes it easy enough for us to go through life without even setting a foot outside. In today’s life you don’t need to go anywhere you can order everything over the phone or over the internet. The simple definition of laziness is the disinclination to activity or exertion despite having the ability to do so (Wikipedia). In other words laziness can be attributed to the lack of work. The Preservation Institute writes: Early in the nineteenth century, most Americans worked twelve hours a day, six days a week. The work week shrank gradually during the nineteenth century and more quickly during the twentieth.
The traditional six-day week was shortened to five and a half days during the 1920s and to the five-day, forty-hour week during the 1930s. If you’ll view the chart (page 6) you’ll see that even though the work hours stayed at basically forty per week, from 1945 thru 1995, the amount of work people wanted to do, or trend, steadily declined, proving that people are becoming lazier. In the 20th century technology was becoming more prevalent and developing rapidly. During the twentieth there were several advances, many of which could have contributed to people’s laziness.
The next few paragraphs are just a few technological advancements that have contributed to people’s laziness. Take cooking for example. Through the years there have been many advances in cooking and the time it takes to cook. People today spend far less time cooking than they did in the past. What once took several hours can now be done in a matter of minutes, due to the development of the microwave. Not just cooking food makes us lazy. The invention of cropping machines revolutionized the farming industry in the 1800’s by being able to mass produce goods (Wikipedia).
Before we had supermarkets most people grew their own food. This helps to show how technology is making us lazy. We don’t have to work to hard at all to get what we want anymore. As crop technology increased by the cultivation of plants, people could grow the same amount of plants but have a higher yield of crops (Wikipedia). Meaning you could do the same amount of work and get nearly twice as much crop as before. As said before laziness is doing less work when capable of doing more. Another source of technology that is making us lazy is the television.
TV’s are everywhere nowadays. According to the A. C. Nielsen Co. , the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years watching television (TV Free America). Clearly people just can’t go without missing their favorite shows. There may be some TV related material that is informational or important, such as the news or government debates. But, all that can also be read about in the newspaper or listened to on the radio.
Television is making people lazy by causing them to spend more time inside and less time socializing. Laundry is another technological advancement that is making people lazy. People used to wash their clothes by hand. They used washboards with soap to scrub the dirt out of their clothes. Then they would have to ring out all the excess water and hang their clothes out to dry. Today technology has made it much easier which has lead people to becoming lazy. The invention of the laundry machine made it so people today can simply start a load of laundry and walk away letting the machine do all of the work.
Drying clothes is also done by a machine today. What once took a little hard work and effort now requires almost no work at all. Laundry machines have made people lazy by taking all the work out of doing the laundry. Telephones are becoming a problem by making people lazy. Though the telephone is highly useful and helps people to communicate it has become a real problem. First, you can order many things over the phone today. You can order almost anything from food to clothes and have it delivered right to your house. Phones are an invention that keeps people from going out and getting something.
Instead people choose to simply stay inside their homes and have things delivered to them, which can lead to obesity and other ailments. People also waste a lot of time talking and texting to their friends over the phone. Whatever happened to when people actually talked to other people face to face? The problem with phones is that people over use them when they could just go meet the person their talking too. Once again laziness is someone not going to see someone else when they could, instead they just call. Technology is making it far too easy to do nothing and enjoy it. Take gaming on the internet for an example.
Matt Slagle of the Associated Press writes in the Washington Post that: According to a new AP-AOL Games poll, 40 percent of American adults play games on a computer or a console. Forty-two percent of online gamers said they spent at least four hours playing games during an average week. About one in six online gamers play more than 10 hours a week. That’s almost half the people in the United States who waste their time playing games. Gaming can apparently be highly addictive once you start. This shows people are spending far too much time in front of a computer and less time fulfilling their real needs.
In closing technology is great for people if they don’t want to be active in their daily lives. Because of technology people today are forced to find other forms of exercise, which is why gyms are so popular today. People can easily go through their lives doing very little work while technology does the work for them. When will life be easy enough for us too simply enjoy ourselves? You can order your favorite food while watching TV, waiting on your laundry to dry, while talking to your friend on the phone, and waiting for your game to download on your computer. You can do all of this at once with very little effort.
Do you think that it will get so easy for us that we won’t enjoy life anymore? Usually when something becomes too easy it takes all the fun out of it. So ask yourself, is technology making you lazy? Works Cited Average Work Week in Manufacturing. Graph. Berkeley: preservenet. com, 2002. Census Bereau. 2002. Historical Statistics of the United States. http://www. preservenet. com. 1 November 2009. http://www. preservenet. com/studies/WorkHours. pdf Preservation Institute. “Choice of Work Hours. ” preservenet. com 2002. 1 November 2009. http://www. preservenet. com/studies/WorkHours. pdf Slagle, Matt. 4 in 10 Americans Play Video Games. ” Washingtonpost. com 8 May 2006. 1 November 2009. http://www. washingtonpost. com/wpdyn/content/article/2006/ 05/07/AR2006050700172. html. TV Free America. “Television and Health. ” csun. edu 2007. 3 November 2009. http://www. csun. edu/science/health/docs/tv&health. html#tv_stats Wikipedia. “Agriculture. ” wikipedia. org 17 November 2009. 17 November 2009. http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Farming Wikipedia. “Laziness. ” Wikipedia. org 30 October 2009. 30 October 2009. http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Laziness This map is from Preservation Institute.