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    Can technology dehumanize society, including our homes and schools? In what way/s?

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                     For me, yes.The technology dehumanized society,including our home and school.When we find the meaning of "dehumanization" it means is to deprive of human qualities such as individuality, compassion, or civility and to render mechanical and routine,according to http://www.thefreedictionary.com/dehumanization.There are many facts that some of us didn't noticed that technology dehumanized us. At home, we used technology even cleaning the floor we used it.We are depend our life in technology, even we say that technology made our life better. Maybe yes in some ways but the truth is it made us to be a lazy person.At school, when there are assignments , projects,and so on the learners used only internet for this.Some of them didn't use books anymore because for them is very easy to find there assignments for example using the internet.Because of this,the learners lost their interest in going library and use books for their studies.

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            For me, yes. Technologies dehumanize society, for example in other country they use technology. But in terms of using technology they are advanced it because even teacher are robots and also, in daily life they use technology. Sometimes technology dehumanizes our school because teacher used technology inside the classroom. For  example in MAPEH when the teacher less idea and the topic is about traditional dance in other country then he/she use videos for students to see the proper steps. http://www.slideshare.net/fvsandoval/technology-and-dehumanization#btnNext TECHNOLOGY and DEHUMANIZATION Prepared by FOR-IAN V. SANDOVAL Can technology dehumanized society, including our homes and schools? Individualized regard for others can be humanizing. On the other hand, mass media technology can lead to dangers of dehumanization. It is possible for communicators, namely writers, teachers, advertisers treating public, their students and the consumers as machines . They may fail to perceive the receiver of their messages as humans with right privileges, and motivations of their own. Human mechanization is described by some as the process by which people are treated mechanically, that is without giving thought to what is going on inside them. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dehumanize de•hu•man•ize Transitive verb \(ˌ)dē-ˈhyü-mə-ˌnīz, (ˌ)dē-ˈyü 1. To deprive of human qualities, personality, or spirit 2. To render mechanical, artificial, or routine — de•hu•man•i•za•tion noun

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              baimalehabenito@gmail.com

              Dehumanization (or dehumanisation) describes the denial of “humanness” to others. As for the question, YES technology dehumanize our society including our homes and schools. Why? How can one expect computers to teach love, sympathy, respect and positive thinking that are the very base of society? How can one expect when children who spend most of their time with computers learn to adjust with their peer group? Children learn from seeing things happen around them. They react to situations by remembering what elders did in similar previous situations. Now we are depriving them of seeing humans and make them more interactive with machines which are lifeless, particularly when it comes to teaching human feelings and social values.  Think what society it will be with human beings without a human heart? In our homes? I can say that the time allotted for bonding with the members of the family is lesser. Children plays all day and the worst thing is sometimes they skip their meals. Children are exposed to many things and they are not  guided by their parents and sometimes it leads to danger. How can we have a family that is very close to each other when the quality time for each other is lacking? According to a New York Times article, the average kid, ages 8-18, spends over 7 1/2 hours a day using technology gadgets equaling 2 1/2 hours of music, almost 5 hours of watching televisions and movies, 3 hours of surfing the internet and playing video games, and just 38 minutes of old fashioned reading according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, which adds up to 75 hours a week! These statistics data are not just mere numbers but a reflection of the way our society is heading to.

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                carla_5-31@94

                For me, it's a yes that technology dehumanize society, it is because most of us use technology in doing everything. For example, in home, there are so many appliances that we use in doing household choirs and it makes us lazy, it seems that we lost our values of being industrious. It is where technology does all of our responsibility. And in school, technology also dehumanize, for example, teachers use technology in most of their lessons because of its influence to us we are encourage also to use it until such time that no person is not using technology as part of his/her life.

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                  carla_5-31@94

                  Dehumanization

                  Dehumanization

                  Dehumanization is the process of stripping away human qualities, such as denying others their individuality and self-esteem. With the rapid increase in medical technology many basic human qualities surrounding the care of the dying have been lost. Dehumanization is like a form of self-death that now often precedes physiological death owing to the institutionalization of the dying. For millennia the process of dying and the presence of death were both close and familiar realities of everyday life. Many people died in the bed they were born in, surrounded by their family and friends. Called "tame death" by the French philosopher and death expert Philippe Ariès, it was natural, expected, and integrated into the rhythms of life. The Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, in his epic work War and Peace (1869), comments that when a relative is sick the custom is to seek professional care for him or her, but when a loved one is dying the custom is to send the professionals away and care for the dying within the family unit. The naturalness to dying that Tolstoy describes has undergone a radical shift in the modern era.

                   

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                    junjun_nice15

                    In order to fully comprehend if technology can dehumanize society, I’ll first define what dehumanization really means. Dehumanization (or dehumanisation) describes the denial of “humanness” to others and is theorized to take on two forms: animalistic dehumanization, which is employed on a largely intergroup basis, and mechanistic dehumanization, which is employed on a largely interpersonal basis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dehumanization). Also, Dehumanization is the psychological process of demonizing the enemy, making them seem less than human and hence not worthy of humane treatment. This can lead to increased violence, human rights violations, war crimes, and genocide(http://www.beyondintractability.org/bi-essay/dehumanization). In a world, based on technology, full of conflict and terror, we are so dependent on other systems for recording the events of our daily lives. As a culture, we are so dependent of instant messaging services, email, digital cameras, and above all digital cell phones. Cell phones are now attached to our ears and for some taking part in blue tooth technology, cell phones are constant. What has happened that we no longer feel connected to ourselves and have the ability to read our inner selves? What happened to the ideas of meditation and relaxation? And reconnecting to our spirituality? If technology was no longer available, would we be able to relax as a collective? (http://kateandthefabfour.wordpress.com/2007/10/19/are-we-dehumanizing-ourselves-with-technology/). These are some questions that must be considered to be able to fully understand if technology can dehumanize society. I can say that yes, technology can dehumanize society, including our homes and schools. We all know that technology is used almost everywhere where it can make our task easier, faster and precise in some instances. But then, do you know that it has negative sides in which it can result to dehumanization? There are several ways that will prove and persuade readers that this is true just like the following: First and foremost, technology in general and computers in particular are common theme in work on dehumanization. Critics charge that the computer metaphor of the mind in AI research is dehumanizing because computers lack our flexibility, emotionality, and capriciousness. Turkle (1984) argued that many adults in the 1970s and 1980s believed that computers lacked “the essence of human nature,” understood as emotion, intuition, spontaneity, and soul or spirit. Beliefs about the dehumanizing effects of computers compose one factor underlying computer anxiety (Beckers & Schmidt, 2001), and reservations about the educational use of computers revolve around concerns that they will reduce social relatedness and increase standardization, at the expense of students’ individuality (Nissenbaum & Walker, 1998). From these statements, I can say that there is a probability of dehumanization most especially if we will have dependency in the usage of computer and if we abuse and misuse it. For example, in home or in school, if we will only depend on the technologies in accomplishing most of our household chores or tasks, the possible outcome is that the lifespan of ours will become short because exercise is being rejected and our humanness will just like be replaced by technologies which in fact, these shouldn’t. Our life is a gift from God; so, to make it more meaningful and worthwhile, enjoy, make the best of what you can and don’t let anybody controls you except our creator. Another proof of dehumanization is the global warming, conflicts, sicknesses and calamities in which technologies contribute. As you can observe in today’s generation, we experience varied problems.  In my own perception, one main contributor for these is the abuse and misuse of technology. So, in order to avoid all of these, we must use technologies wisely and appropriately. Furthermore, according to Dr. Keith Ablow, the suicide "is evidence of the dehumanizing effects that technology is having on young people." Also, craigslist is a digital brothel that promotes prostitution, and MySpace and YouTube are dangerous digital back alleys where children are cyber bullied (http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20018162-261.html) can be included as dehumanizing effects that technology provides. Lastly, some people view technology as a bane or a curse. In classroom setting, teachers and learners could also be dehumanized. For example, if the teacher who schedules class TV viewing for the whole hour to free herself from a one-hour teaching and so can engage in “tsismis” or if the learner is made to accept as Gospel truth information they get from the Internet and if he/she uses the Internet to do character assassination of people, then it can end up to dehumanization. Technology is made for man and not man for technology. This means that technology is meant to serve man in all aspects of life (Lucido, Paz I. Ph.D., Educational Technology 1).

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                      Khaytf

                      today, our world's based on technology, we are so dependent on other systems for recording the events of our daily lives. As a culture, we are so dependent of instant messaging services, email, digital cameras, and above all digital cell phones. Cell phones are now attached to our ears, cell phones are constant. What has happened that we no longer feel connected to ourselves and have the ability to read our inner selves? What happened to the ideas of meditation and relaxation? And reconnecting to our spirituality?It is defined by, http://www.thefreedictionary.com/ that dehumanization means To deprive of human qualities such as individuality, compassion, or civility.

                      In the statement supported by the dehumanization's meaning, Yes, technology dehumanize society to the point where people need it every minute of the day. A lot of people depend on technology to get the job done. Instead of doing it on their own. For example send out text messages instead of calling the person they want to talk to.

                       

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                          Indeed, technology can dehumanize society if it overlaps the responsibility of the human person; in other words, if people will not use the technology in proper way, it may dehumanize our society. Uncontrolled usage of a certain technology like in home or any other institutions would also do. Appliances are the most common examples like the electric fan, laundry machine, etc.,  this things will really help us but it will make us lazy if we let our system get used to it.

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                          Indeed, technology can dehumanize society if it overlaps the responsibility of the human person; in other words, if people will not use the technology in proper way, it may dehumanize our society. Uncontrolled usage of a certain technology like in home or any other institutions would also do. Appliances are the most common examples like the electric fan, laundry machine, etc.,  this things will really help us but it will make us lazy if we let our system get used to it.

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                            chriscelLe_2A@CEd

                            Indeed, technology can dehumanize society, including our homes and schools. However, before the short explanation, let me share to you the definition of the word "dehumanization".

                            Dehumanization is the act of degrading people with respect to their best qualities (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/dehumanization). Based on the given meaning, I can say that technology really can dehumanize our society, including our homes and schools in a way that people will let technology control themselves. Moreover, in our time today almost all of the people depend on technology as what I have observed. They let technology do things for them instead of showing their skills on doing such things. In homes where technology is present, there will be a dehumanization to be happened in a way that members of the family will become lazy because they depend too much on the technologies they have in doing different tasks. In schools, it can also dehumanize students and teachers because they depend too much in technologies. They can click links and answers will automatically come out! Through this, there will be no more research to be made by them. For further knowledge, just click on this link: Are we dehumanizing ourselves with technology? « Kate and the Fab Four.

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                              kingarman

                              If technology will be the one who does and makes ALWAYS the works and responsibilities of the people, that’s the time it can dehumanize the society. Technology makes the people lazy, idle and useless. But actually, this is not merely the fault of technology; it’s the mistake of the people. People who are too dependent to technology make themselves futile and ineffective in the society. They allow themselves to be dehumanized by technology. Society could not produce anymore individuals who are productive, competitive and efficient because of the people themselves. They all become worthless because of relying much on technology. Yes, there are instances that technology dehumanizes the society, including our homes and schools, like, some technologies take the role of the people. There are jobs which people could possibly apply and be hired but because of the highly invented technologies, job opportunities are deprived to them. As IBM's Watson proved on Jeopardy, robots are becoming smarter than people.  They also make fewer mistakes and they don't get bored. By 2013 there will be 1.2 million industrial robots working worldwide -- that's one robot for every 5,000 people, according to Marshall Brain, founder of How Stuff Works and author of Robotic Nation. Robots are currently analyzing documents, filling prescriptions, and handling other tasks that were once exclusively done by humans. : http://www.businessinsider.com/9-jobs-that-are-already-being-replaced-by-robots-2011-3?op=1#ixzz2EtRhNbLO. There would be also pharmacist, chauffeurs and drivers robots. The army may no longer need to recruit soldiers because battle robots are the future of warfare.Robonaut2 can handle missions in outer space that are too dangerous for human astronauts. A robot is so much cooler than a nanny. Babysitting robots can recognize faces, tell jokes, and keep a kid from being lonely. Rescuers may not need to risk their lives anymore: Active scope cameras and other robots can go where humans can't. You can read more about these through clicking this link: http://www.businessinsider.com/9-jobs-that-are-already-being-replaced-by-robots-2011-3?op=1#ixzz2EtT2rZWH.

                              If the modernization will go beyond this, I can really say that technology can dehumanize the society. But for me, technology will not really cause dehumanization. We should not blame it to technologies, rather to those people who depend very much to technology; that even in the very simple job, they need a technology for them to work for it.

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                                femae_09

                                     "Dehumanization has multiple meanings. It can be looking at a person or group of people as being less than human. Dehumanization can also occur through physical or mental means that causes a person to be stripped of their individuality and lose their self-esteem." http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_dehumanization.  Technology makes our lives easy. We can find information with just a click. For me, technology can't dehumanize society, not even our homes. Technology contributes much to the improvement of the teaching-learning process and to the humanization of life. They say that technology is a blessing and yes, indeed. It serves us very much in a way that we can talk to others abroad, gives immediate information we needed, and maybe technology can give food for us. Computers, phones and other gadgets are very useful for our progress. When we say that it can dehumanize our society including our homes, we say that we are not practical persons. Dehumanizing us by the technology depends on us. Technology, when not properly used, becomes a detriment to instruction and human progress and development. (Corpuz & Lucido, 2008). Honestly, in my perspective, technology can't dehumanize us unless we will let technology manipulate our lives.

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                                  Technology can dehumanize our society including our school/s.Its because in the advancement and modernization of things which to be manipulated by the people(gadgets etc.), life has to be somehow be convenient and easier but we should also look on the side that technology can remove skills and qualities of people in dealing with things around them and they won't find any alternatives or options if technology is always present. For instance, in school/s, particularly in a classroom setting, if all of the students have their own personal computers, they will rely and be much independent through visiting websites that could provide answers on their research given by their teacher, the negative result of this is that, yes, they surely easily access information by just clicking one at a time but the traditional way of finding and acquiring information from books(more accurate information than those of the websites) or any reading materials that could somehow develop their reading skills is already gone. Indolence and laziness may occur also.

                                          The negative result of technology is that people will just have to sit all day long and will have to be dependent on technology. As i've heard also, some people are just infront of their laptops having this"online schooling" and if you could accomplish the length of time needed, you'll be having/ given a diploma . For me, of course it isn't bad but the essence of formal schooling(attending school. being evaluated and monitored by a mentor is already gone).Despite of all the advancement of technology, we became a society of indolent people relying so much on it.

                                   

                                  Dehumanization is the process of stripping away human qualities, such as denying others their individuality and self-esteem. With the rapid increase in medical technology many basic human qualities surrounding the care of the dying have been lost. Dehumanization is like a form of self-death that now often precedes physiological death owing to the institutionalization of the dying.

                                  Read more: http://www.deathreference.com/Da-Em/Dehumanization.html#b#ixzz2EyANOxlQ

                                   

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                                    Yes, technology can dehumanize our society especially homes and schools because some forms of technology have greater disadvantage. Some exploits children while others affects our culture especially at home. Some forms of technology are made not really to give good contributions to our society but to do tasks only for the sake of other people. Yes, there are some technology that really give help to the society but most have negative impacts.  

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                                      alhamdehaaron

                                      In my own opinion,yes it can. technology has pros and cons that affect our society. in a way, it is helpful because it keeps us closer to each other and help ease or day to day tasks. however, in some cases, it could also be used in harmful situations such as invading privacy, increase in crimes associated with it and theft/plagiarism and many more crimes.according to Einstein in the future there is a chance that many of people will be idiot,they will all rely on technology and make them totally lazy.


                                      dehumanization=the act of degrading people with respect to their best qualities; "science has been blamed for the dehumanization of modern life".

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                                        Khaytf

                                        It has already dehumanized the society to a greater extend. This is particularly true in case of classrooms where more weight-age is given to usage of technology in education.

                                        How can one expect computers to teach love, sympathy, respect,and positive thinking that are the very base of society. How can you expect children who spend more of their time with computers learn to adjust with their peer group?

                                        Children learn from seeing things happen around them. They react to situations by remembering what elders did in similar previous situations. Now we are depriving them of seeing humans and make them more interactive with machines which are lifeless, particularly when it comes to teaching human feelings and social values. The same children form tomorrows society. Think what society it will be with human beings without a human heart?

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                                          Can technology dehumanized society, including our homes and schools? Individualized regard for others can be humanizing. On the other hand, mass media technology can lead to dangers of dehumanization. It is possible for communicators, namely writers, teachers, advertisers treating public, their students and the consumers as machines . They may fail to perceive the receiver of their messages as humans with right privileges, and motivations of their own. Technology and Dehumanization

                                          http://www.slideshare.net/fvsandoval/technology-and-dehumanization

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                                            Human mechanization is described by some as the process by which people are treated mechanically, that is without giving thought to what is going on inside them. Technology and Dehumanization

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                                              We turn them on and off whenever it suits our fancy No explanation is offered on why and what they do Their plans and future are unheard All work and no play Their human worth is judged only by the quality of their products Human empathy is absent (There is no feeling sorry for failures and limitations) Six Ways Student-Learners are Treated Mechanically

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                                                Interaction between communicators/ teacher and listener / student. Self evaluation or reflection by listener/ student. Dialogue or interchange between communicator and listener. (In classroom situation, active participation by students is part of humane teaching; in journalistic work, feedback through letters to the editor is humane interaction). Regular meeting and consultations. Ways Teacher-Communicator Can Introduce Humanism

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                                                  mhenah_14@yahoo.com.ph

                                                  An evidence that technology can dehumanized society and specially young people like me.

                                                   

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                                                    sink2bdferent

                                                    I'm not really considering technology dehumanizing society but at the same time i cant deny the fact that it may dehumanize people. I'm taking this question in line with ethical relativism's perspective wherein they have a slogan " Whats right for you may not be whats right for me" (see:Ethical Relativism). Relating it to the question, we cant really judge if technology is dehumanizing or not dehumanizing the society. For what is dehumanizing to you may not be dehumanizing for me. As what DEHUMANIZATION had been defined, it is the act of degrading people with respect to their best qualities. Still i think it is the people who dehumanize themselves since they allow themselves to be dehumanized. Well truth is different to different people in Relativism.

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                                                      mhenah_14@yahoo.com.ph

                                                      Technology has changed society, in many ways including our homes and schools , and yes our society is dehumanized. Technology takes up part of our lives. Technology is everywhere schools, homes, and jobs. The problem is that we get to attracted to the technology like the internet and texting on our phones, and we forget about the real world. Sometimes it may not seen like technology is dehumanizing society but really it is taking away our time and knowledge. A lot of people don't see that it's taking away but it's a big part of our lives we don't see what it's doing to our lives.

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                                                                  Dehumanization is the act of degrading people with respect to other best qualities. so, it is very obvious that Yes, technology dehumanize our society including our home. Since technology is under science and it is said that science is been blamed for the humanization of the modern life, the reason is that as you noticed nowadays,almost of people are been dependent to technology which create  an obstruction to our home for instance, instead of us to work it,it is technology who is manipulating the task. even its have a big help. its make us lazy to think and in work.

                                                        In addition,this question was posed to a member of my Tech Club group by her 5th grade AIG students.  It’s a great question and something for 5th graders to certainly think about as they look toward their future of high tech gadgets.  I suspect that most people who are involved in Facebook, Twitter, on-line gaming, chat rooms, and the like,  already experience a certain detachment to the “humans” they associate with on these networks.

                                                        But how does this technologically dehumanizing effect affect literacy?  In my mind’s eye I see a little boy all curled up with mom in a dimly lit bedroom eagerly awaiting his “night-night” story.  They’re snuggled together as she reads his favorite bedtime story, “Bony Legs.”  It’s just scary enough for him to need the comfort and reality of mom’s closeness.  She creates the characters with the intonation and inflection of her voice.  The little boy can feel the suspense of the story and yet the safety of his mom’s presence. Because she’s read this story with him so many times, he is able to fill in some of the words as mom hesitates in order to allow him a chance to interact with the story.  This is an interactive human experience.

                                                        By contrast, I see another little boy going to his bedroom for the night.  His bed time story is read to him by a voice in the computer.  He can hear the story multiple times, read in exactly the same way each time. Who does he snuggle with if he’s a bit fearful?  He can interact with the story by saying the words or reading along, but who is there to encourage him when he’s correct or guide him if he’s not?

                                                        Both boys have had an experience in literacy.  One, a very human experience, the other, a very technologically oriented experience.  I would argue that the human literacy experience is a richer learning experience.  My desire is that as we move deeper and deeper into this technologically advanced society, we continue to value the human experience.

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                                                          One thing and for sure, technology would only dehumanize society if we use it improperly or right to say if “these” powerful people use and apply for their personal interest in expense of us, the nature and society we have. Most obvious example is what happened in Mindanao areas specifically in Davao Oriental and Compostella Valley, hundreds of people die because of typhoon Pablo, if only there are enough trees, if only there’s no nonstop digging of soil in their area and definitely the damage was not big but what had happen? The area almost disappears in map of the Philippines because of the damage. Now what’s the connection? The cutting down of trees, the toxic material of corporations and the garbage are factors of the incident and remember these are all ending product of technology that people used and invented, by simply misusing technology society become ruined. How about in our home? Exposure of the teen ager and children in video games, in internet caused addiction even different disease because of radiation, if too long in front of computer. Lack of bonding among the members of family is possible also, young today are too busy in Face book, Twitter, Y.M even Dota etc. and we are not sure that all of these promote educational learning and let’ not forget that violence are included. What I have discussed are just some of circumstances on how technology dehumanized our society and home, still at the bottom of these are whatever technology be invented it’s on our selves decision whether we are allowing tech. to ruined our society, home even life or technology be our tool to help and assist us to be a good individual to ourselves, to other, and to our country. Machines and technology will not last all the time so let’s be flexible, tech. help us but learn to help them by not relying too much to “them” and by using it properly because remember people are the “MASTER” and “PARTNER” of these inventions and we are not the “SLAVE” of it.

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                                                            I can't say that technology can dehumanize society but I can't also say that it can't dehumanize society. As what we have notice nowadays, we really rely on technology. Technology can really help us. Every country had been develop just because of technology. Our home, school, and office become more comfortable just because of technology. Our life become more easier and faster. With the using of technology, our life in this world is being more good enough. Just come to think about it, if there's no more technology that is being invented, i think at this time we're in the age of an ancient people. Even the way we dress it is made in "anahaw" leaves. Whenever we go to some places, we just hike and feel the hot under the heat of the sun. Whenever we miss our love ones in abroad, we will write letters on them that will be replied in more than a month. I can't imagine, if there is no more technology in this world. Even brownout, we can really feel emptiness in this world. In contrast, technology would be able to dehumanize society in a way that, every student in school can't focus on their studies because of those those online games they have played. If we think critically, before, pre-marital sex is not the issue in the society. Those women before act like ""Dalagang Pilipina". They are soft spoken, they act accordingly. But notice nowadays, with the using of the product of technology which is the cellphone, you would be able to find your husband/wife through on it. To those photos, movies or what so ever unpleasant things that is not appropriate to those children or those young ones, they can see it now in an internet. I think because of confusion they might try it or do it! that result of their life become more miserable. With the using of technology also, people really rely on it, they become lazy enough to do something. When technology is not present they don't work at all. In conclusion, technology, can dehumanize or can't dehumanize society depend on how you will be going to use it. You must have discipline to use it and do not abuse it. It has disadvantage

                                                            but more on advantage.

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                                                                   Tech.  dehumanized school in a way that students become so dependent to computers,example  a simple reflection paper instead of using their own ideas they would just say '' why do i need to think? internet provide it for me''. Technology teach students to be lazy and dependent to different kinds of machine and gadgets.

                                                                  

                                                              .dehumanization - the act of degrading people with respect to their best qualities; "science has been blamed for the dehumanization of modern life"

                                                              http://www.thefreedictionary.com/dehumanization

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                                                                Dehumanization means to deprive of human qualities such as individuality, compassion, or civility. But in terms of usage of technology, in my point of view, it will not dehumanize society but rather, it helps our works fast and more convenient. It only depends upon on the proper usage of it. If you always rely on it, then definitely it maybe harm you or caused you to laziness.

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                                                                  In a world, based on technology, full of conflict and terror, we are so dependent on other systems for recording the events of our daily lives. As a culture, we are so dependent of instant messaging services, email, digital cameras, and above all digital cell phones. Cell phones are now attached to our ears and for some taking part in blue tooth technology, cell phones are constant. What has happened that we no longer feel connected to ourselves and have the ability to read our inner selves? What happened to the ideas of meditation and relaxation? And reconnecting to our spirituality? If technology was no longer available, would we be able to relax as a collective?

                                                                  In an article by Vannevar Bush “As We May Think,” published in 1945, the author states, “Presumably man’s spirit should be elevated if he can better review his shady past and analyze more completely and objectively his present problems. He has built a civilization so complex that he needs to mechanize his records more fully if he is to put his experiment to its logical conclusion and not merely become bogged down party way there by overtaxing his limited memory. His excursion may be more enjoyable if he can reacquire the privilege of forgetting the manifold things he does not need to have immediately at hand with some assurance that he can find them again if they prove important” (9). (On a side note, it is important to note that the author spoke about technology and published this article in 1945.)

                                                                  Our culture has become so complex that we need to advance our technological resources to record each and every moment. I know that each event is recorded with a digital camera and once I get a grade on a test I call my mom or if I’m having a bad day I call my best friend. There is no such day that I am without technology. What would happen if we all stopped using our cell phones and went back in a time where neighbors “called” upon each other? How amazing would it be if we went back to physical labor and reconnected with ourselves without technology? Maybe students would use the library not for studying purposes, but for research and to take books out for entertainment?

                                                                  If we all took a step back from technology, we may become better people. No longer would we have the problem of technological literacy and the technology divide? For once, since the beginning of time we would all be equal and there would be nothing to divide us.

                                                                  http://kateandthefabfour.wordpress.com/2007/10/19/are-we-dehumanizing-ourselves-with-technology/

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                                                                      Can technology dehumanized society?

                                                                       

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                                                                      In my opinion, that's all a matter of personal opinion. I think not. Technology does not, and will never dehumanize us. We'll always have 2 arms, 2 legs, a body and a brain and as long as there are laws, and the police, we'll never get dehumanized.

                                                                       

                                                                      But! It does de-socialize us. More and more people are spending there time indoors, and glued to there computer screens surfing the internet, or playing games and they're not outside with other people socializing.

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                                                                        It doesn't matter. The benefits outweigh the risks. Humanity has to move forward. To do otherwise is to stagnate and die. We will continue to grow and change and redefine what it means to be human.

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                                                                          Are we dehumanizing ourselves with technology?

                                                                          In a world, based on technology, full of conflict and terror, we are so dependent on other systems for recording the events of our daily lives. As a culture, we are so dependent of instant messaging services, email, digital cameras, and above all digital cell phones. Cell phones are now attached to our ears and for some taking part in blue tooth technology, cell phones are constant. What has happened that we no longer feel connected to ourselves and have the ability to read our inner selves? What happened to the ideas of meditation and relaxation? And reconnecting to our spirituality? If technology was no longer available, would we be able to relax as a collective?

                                                                          In an article by Vannevar Bush “As We May Think,” published in 1945, the author states, “Presumably man’s spirit should be elevated if he can better review his shady past and analyze more completely and objectively his present problems. He has built a civilization so complex that he needs to mechanize his records more fully if he is to put his experiment to its logical conclusion and not merely become bogged down party way there by overtaxing his limited memory. His excursion may be more enjoyable if he can reacquire the privilege of forgetting the manifold things he does not need to have immediately at hand with some assurance that he can find them again if they prove important” (9). (On a side note, it is important to note that the author spoke about technology and published this article in 1945.)

                                                                          Our culture has become so complex that we need to advance our technological resources to record each and every moment. I know that each event is recorded with a digital camera and once I get a grade on a test I call my mom or if I’m having a bad day I call my best friend. There is no such day that I am without technology. What would happen if we all stopped using our cell phones and went back in a time where neighbors “called” upon each other?How amazing would it be if we went back to physical labor and reconnected with ourselves without technology? Maybe students would use the library not for studying purposes, but for research and to take books out for entertainment?

                                                                          If we all took a step back from technology, we may become better people. No longer would we have the problem of technological literacy and the technology divide? For once, since the beginning of time we would all b

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                                                                            Regardless of the speed, we are surely making people lose touch with what it means to be human. We are desensitizing society to what should be felt when people suffer. We are caging people in, making them into machines, and thus stifling their creativity. And we are doing this with tools we have in our culture and around the house. And if we don't stop, future generations will feel less and less and will be less and less connected with each other as well as themselves.

                                                                            The first tool being used to numb people to themselves is our ever advancing technology. It isn't that technology is all negative. As someone who has survived cancer surgery, I can attest to the benefits of technology. And I didn't need to go through such surgery to appreciate technology. But, as with anything else, there is a point of diminishing returns when increasing our use of technology returns more negatives than positives. This is true especially when it comes to communication.

                                                                            I really do appreciate cell phones. They give the wife and I a certain amount of freedom when we go to the mall. We only need to call each other to know where and when to meet. And I loved cell phones when the kids just got their drivers licenses. But with cell phones came texting. And with texting comes a less personal way of communicating. Texting dilutes the affect we express and receive when conversing with others. This makes our conversations less personal, less human. We don't have to be fully there with the people we are texting and we are certainly not fully there with the people we are with at the time. With texting, we exercise an absence while being present. And yet, we only need to ask young people how many times do they prefer to reach out and touch someone through texting than through talking in person to see its growing effects.

                                                                            But not only does texting filter out our personal reactions, it limits the depth of sharing and the contents of our communications. In texting, communication tends to be brief and abbreviated. So not only does texting filter out our emotions, it sifts out depth and reduces the amount of content we can communicate and then handle.

                                                                            And if the cell phone was not enough, there is whatever device we use to connect to the web. Yes, there are advantages to the web. We can reach out and touch more people from around the globe. But the web is similar to cell phones in that it too acts as a strainer that limits the feelings that can be expressed and decreases the amount of content that can be considered. In addition, people can hide behind avatars when meeting others. This can make the web, especially the social networking places, the world's biggest disguise party where we, nor the people we meet, have to see what we prefer not to. So we meet new people and become attracted and attached to the costumes being worn rather than the real people wearing them.

                                                                            Sherry Turkle, from MIT, has already written about much of what I described above in her book Alone Together. In the book, she describes not just what we are doing to ourselves now but how we are conditioning others for the future. And if our social life was the only part that was being revolutionized by the overuse of technology, we could live with that. But it isn't. Education is now beginning to rely more and more on the virtual presence of instructors than being up close and in person. Educational institutions are currently pursuing a greater reliance on communications technology to teach. We now have universities that revolve around students learning from professors who can only provide an electronic presence. These institutions reason that students no longer need teachers who are fully present to learn. In other words, students need less and less the humanity from their instructors. Students don't need teacher reaction to students' feedback and teachers' mistakes. On the other hand, these educational institutions also reckon that teachers need no reactions from their students to get their points across. As was said by one police officer from the TV series Dragnet, "just the facts" is all that is needed in education. In short, there is an ever diminishing personal communication and relationships between those who teach and those attempting to learn.

                                                                            Certainly there is more in technology that is changing us than our communication technology. Turkle emphasizes in her book the point that not only do we make our own tools, they, in turn, shape us. And if we wanted to anticipate how our previously mentioned communication tools  could change us, just think of the following. The technology we use cannot sense when we are frustrated or angry when it fails or frustrates us. In addition, like all electronic tools, we expect our machines to blindly follow orders. If we are shaped by these communication tools, will we become less and less aware of how those around us feel and will life consist of nothing more than mindlessly following orders?

                                                                            But our use of technology is not the only culprit here, there is another. And one such perpetrator is business. Let's face it, business is highly impersonal, especially when we seek to maximize profits and maximizing profits is the ethic of the day. For when profit is king, people are pawns. And being pawns means that we are the most disposable piece in the game. And the more expendable people are, the more our humanity becomes moot.

                                                                            In today's world, all that matters is the accumulation of the wealth that those in the in group can garner. And as Chris Hedges so aptly said about the wealthiest, the only word they know is "more." For those for whom this is true, all others become invisible.

                                                                            In the movie, Analyze This, Billy Crystal plays a therapist to a mob boss. When he was suspected of having become an informant, the mob boss's assistant points a gun at him to shoot him while trying to soothe Crystal's character by saying, "it isn't personal." Crystal's character gave the wrong response. He said that it could not get more personal. It was the wrong response because when business dictates ethics, the personal no longer matters. People's needs are easily discarded. People who cost more than others are regarded as an inflamed appendix. People who have lost their jobs because their existence could no longer be financially justified can attest to how dehumanizing and painful their experiences have been. But their feelings no longer matter. In addition,  austerity cuts that maintains tax cuts for the rich spreads this heartache to those in the community.

                                                                            Those in business have a ready reply to charges of being inhuman. They say that for the good of others in the company, they must be quick to let go those who do not contribute to the maximizing of profits. Otherwise, the company becomes at risk and shareholders lose what they deserve because of the laws of gravity, as they apply in the business world. But what such apologists forget is that the economic system we worship is one of choice. We don't have to continue to rely on an economic system that so heavily leans on competition. That is we don't have to unless the desire for more has precedence over the humanity of others. And yet, not only are we worshipping our competitive economic system, we are allowing our business environment built on competition to metastasize into other spheres. And again, education is seeing more than its fair share of a business mentality being forced on it. So whereas in the past, we depended on a certain degree of inefficiency in education because of how much we learn from our mistakes, we can no longer afford to be so wasteful.

                                                                            Though we could list a few more coconspirators in this crime of dehumanizing society, we will stop with the next one, authoritarianism. We all know how many Nazis tried to defend themselves in court against charges of war crimes. Many claimed that they were merely following orders. And those orders not only enabled many Nazis to practice immeasurably gross crimes against humanity, orders shielded them from the threat of feeling what their victims felt. Orders were their defense and following orders caused their conviction of war crimes.

                                                                            But the problem with using the Nazis to illustrate our point is that we don't see ourselves as being on their level of evil and most of us would be correct here. So the authoritarianism we practice, though not preferable, can't possibly be dehumanizing. And that reasoning would hold if the Nazi atrocities provided a minimal standard of evil or if the negative effects of authoritarianism were restricted to evil rulers only.

                                                                            What authoritarianism does is to numb us to the pain others feel when we follow orders because we zero in on our duties. In addition, it takes away our freedom. It threatens all who would question and criticize and thus pushes us to become automatons that, not who, wait for the next set of instructions.

                                                                            Truth is determined differently in an authoritarian environment than it is in a free world. In the authoritarian world, truth is determined by the credentials of the one speaking. If the person's credentials are good, we tend to accept what they say without question. If, however, the person's credentials are inadequate or questionable, then we refuse to listen. Thus, our listening to a person depends on the pedestal on which they are standing. This high dependence on credentials by the audience is a reason why we see the kinds of political campaigns that we have in this country. When acceptance or rejection depends on credentials, more time is spent on building candidates up or tearing them down than analyzing their views and proposals. And when what they say is scrutinized, the public depends on the "experts' who are provided by either the government, the media, or some other institution for an interpretation than on their own ability to listen and think.

                                                                            Since the 9-11 atrocities, we have seen a spike in authoritarianism in this country from the federal government on down. We allowed the President to tell us that we were attacked for our freedoms despite the death and destruction our policies have caused in the Middle East. That the President was scapegoating our freedoms for the attacks indicated that he was looking for more power, more authority. For if the President acknowledged that our abuse of power in the Middle East was what motivated the 9-11 hijackers, then asking for more power and authority would be an impossible sell.

                                                                            The marks that governmental authoritarianism leaves on society is the vast reduction, and even elimination, of accountability our officials have by either their citizens or the world. At the same time, our government will hold all others more accountable and even has assumed the right to attack anyone anyplace at anytime. When it does attack, as it did with Iraq, it cites violation of either international law or the will of the international community as the justification for using force. However, if the world even attempts to hold America accountable, our government nullifies it by claiming that such attempts violates our sovereignty.

                                                                            At home, the progression that has occurred starting with the Patriot Act through the 2012 NDAA is frightening. That is because abuse of power that has been exercised overseas is now being authorized for use at home. The government can now wantonly arrest whomever they want at will so long as they claim that those they arrest are terrorists. The checks and balances that would have prevented such an overreach have been nullified by new laws and procedures.

                                                                            Why do we the people accept this more powerful and authoritarian government? Why don't more people speak out than already do? The reason is simple. Our government has immunized itself from accountability by injecting fear into the population. As a result, we tend to see our government's growing abuse of power as necessary to protect us from foreign enemies. In the meantime, many current arrests and other harassments performed by our government remind us of the world that existed in the movie Minority Report. And less we question our government for this rise in authoritarianism, we should note that many of our institutions, including our educational institutions and our churches, are doing their fair share to indoctrinate people into accepting our new nation's order. We might add to this that there is a growing tend for those who are charged with enforcing the laws to be brutal and act as if they have no accountability when engaging with dissidents.  And the public's perceived need for more protection quiets their consciences for their lack of solidarity with those who have suffered police brutality.

                                                                            Our world is becoming a more scary place and it is not because of a growing threat from the monsters under our beds or in our closets. Rather, it is becoming more frightening because of those whom we have trusted to guide us and because we have a greater acceptance of and trust in machines, whether technological or institutional, than we have in being human. And it looks as if we have no will to change.

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                                                                              Will computers/technology dehumanize society?

                                                                              This question was posed to a member of my Tech Club group by her 5th grade AIG students.  It’s a great question and something for 5th graders to certainly think about as they look toward their future of high tech gadgets.  I suspect that most people who are involved in Facebook, Twitter, on-line gaming, chat rooms, and the like,  already experience a certain detachment to the “humans” they associate with on these networks.

                                                                              But how does this technologically dehumanizing effect affect literacy?  In my mind’s eye I see a little boy all curled up with mom in a dimly lit bedroom eagerly awaiting his “night-night” story.  They’re snuggled together as she reads his favorite bedtime story, “Bony Legs.”  It’s just scary enough for him to need the comfort and reality of mom’s closeness.  She creates the characters with the intonation and inflection of her voice.  The little boy can feel the suspense of the story and yet the safety of his mom’s presence. Because she’s read this story with him so many times, he is able to fill in some of the words as mom hesitates in order to allow him a chance to interact with the story.  This is an interactive human experience.

                                                                              By contrast, I see another little boy going to his bedroom for the night.  His bed time story is read to him by a voice in the computer.  He can hear the story multiple times, read in exactly the same way each time. Who does he snuggle with if he’s a bit fearful?  He can interact with the story by saying the words or reading along, but who is there to encourage him when he’s correct or guide him if he’s not?

                                                                              Both boys have had an experience in literacy.  One, a very human experience, the other, a very technologically oriented experience.  I would argue that the human literacy experience is a richer learning experience.  My desire is that as we move deeper and deeper into this technologically advanced society, we continue to value the human experience.

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                                                                                Fox News: Suicide is proof tech dehumanizes

                                                                                commentary Critics blame social networks and computer cameras for the suicide of Tyler Clementi. Greg Sandoval asserts, however, that people don't need gadgets or the Web to commit acts of cruelty.

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                                                                                Greg Sandoval

                                                                                by Greg Sandoval

                                                                                 

                                                                                September 30, 2010 9:55 AM PDT

                                                                                Tyler Clementi apparently committed suicide after his college roommate reportedly secretly taped him kissing another man. Was it technology's fault he died?

                                                                                (Credit: Tyler Clementi)

                                                                                commentary Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers University student, leaped off the George Washington Bridge last week, apparently committing suicide after learning that his college roommate had video recorded him during a sexual encounter with another man, according toThe New York Times.

                                                                                Because much of the tragedy has played out online and because a computer cam was used to do the recording, some critics are now warning the public of apocalyptic consequences involved with social networking and technology.

                                                                                "This 'stunt' isn't just a college prank gone bad," wrote Dr. Keith Ablow, for Foxnews.com. "It is evidence of the dehumanizing effects that technology is having on young people."

                                                                                The suicide "is evidence of the dehumanizing effects that technology is having on young people."
                                                                                --Dr. Keith Ablow
                                                                                --Dr. Keith Ablow

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