As technology advances and our lives are made easier, we tend to think of technology as necessities. That is why, if all computers on earth were to completely shut down, I would find my life to be the most different it has ever been.
I grew up with the computer. It truly is an invention of the 1990s. Unfortunately, I cannot think about life before a computer because I have always lived with one. What does a computer do for us? If we want to type, we could use the typewriter. If we want to play video games, we could probably use a video game console.
Perhaps one of the most important features of the computer is a person’s ability to access the internet. But, because of the wide availability of smartphones, people don’t really need a full-size computer wherever they go. However, computers are much better than smartphones because they are full-size. A person can use a smartphone to browse the internet, but typing on a small screen is not as convenient as typing on a full-size keyboard.
As a twenty-first century university student, I think of the computer as a basic necessity. Whatever I need to do, I do it on a computer. If I need to write an essay, I don’t need to pick up either pen or paper. I can just turn on my computer, and type away. I use my computer on a daily basis. I feel like I have to check my e-mail every three hours. If I need to find out some information, then I can do so by going online on my computer.
I think that I can go one day without my computer, but if I had to be without, it would have to be during the times that I don’t need to do anything for my schoolwork. It is only because of convenience that I don’t want to go without my computer for even one day, but if I did not have to do all my schoolwork on the computer, then I do truly believe that I can live without it.
But, does all this mean that I really need my computer? I can’t go without my computer for one day, but is it because I have been misguided? Perhaps. If I had led a life without knowing what a computer was, then I probably would not feel like I need it. But, because I am part of the generation that grew up with the emergence of the advanced computer and because I grew up in a country in which many people can have access to a computer, I feel like the computer has become another appendage to my body.
At any rate, I am sure that I do not need my computer. It is only through force of habit and because of convenience that I think I need it. If I had to go one day or one month or one year without my computer, then so be it. But as long as it is around and working, then I might as well use it.