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Hello, world! My 2nd blog will focus on screen addiction!

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It is indeed a fact that the computer screen has become the primary way in which mediated culture is experienced. This leads me to characterize the culture we have right now. We have a culture where there is an evident screen addiction. This is taking a toll especially with the youth. Researchers find that eight to ten year old children spends nearly eight hours a day viewing a screen. It can be on computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets. Older teenagers spend a longer amount of time of approximately eleven hours a day.

Here are some effects and impact of screen addiction to children and/or teenagers:

  1. One of which is emulation. They model and copy what they see in media. In this case, they copy video games. The parents of these children argue that they just sit and play. There is no harm on what they are doing. The parents are wrong in this case. Social skills are not developed properly. There is no human interaction in a video game. And it is needed to form an identity, a sense of self to the child.
  2. Another one is a distorted view of reality. There view of the world is skewed and not realistic anymore. A hyperreality exists. Video games in particular contributed to this phenomenon. An example would be Daniel Petric. He shot his parents since they did not allow him to play Halo 3 anymore. The environment or we could say the reality created by Halo 3 could possibly be a reason for this accident to occur.  This example also falls under the first impact of emulation that was previously mentioned.
  3. It is possible the physical consequences would transpire. Screen addiction would result to poor eyesight. It can potentially damage your hands, neck, and back.
The video below reiterates some of the ideas mentioned above:

Although there are suggested solutions such as ergonomics, a science that deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely, we should be aware of this addiction and as much as possible cope with naturally by lessening our time with the screen. A brutal and in my opinion an impossible way to remove screen addiction is to total abstinence from technology. I cannot even do this. It is possible but it is very difficult. There are people who have modified their lifestyle in such a way that there is no complete abstinence from technology but rather a systematized selection of technology.

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My Two Cents

To answer the question “Do you subscribe to or disagree with this culture?” I would like to say that I agree that the culture we have now is full of children and/or teenagers who are suffering screen addiction. This includes me and my family. I would support my opinion by stating examples that I have in daily life through particular people.

  1. Myself. I have been playing a lot of video games. Particularly this game called DOTA 2 On record I have been playing a total of 3,242 hours. If you do the math, I have been playing this game for 135.08 days. As you can see in the photo below that’s only DOTA 2. It does not account for the other times I’m facing my screen. I am also an avid anime viewer. I binge watch a lot of anime series all the time especially when I don’t have any errands or schoolwork.

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2. My friends. It’s currently 1:47 AM right now. I browsed Facebook. Behold a lot of people still online. Approximately 40 of my teen friends are online even though it’s a Monday today. It just goes to show that there is an addiction to this screen. They might not be facing the screen right now since some are idle but we cannot tell for sure unless I ask them one by one. It is apparent that screen addiction is rampant in my relationships with my friends.

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3. The World. I just visited a website that measures how many users are using the internet. I assume that most of this people are looking at their screens. Maybe some are downloading and sleeping as this is also my doing from time to time when I have new games to play with. The amount is staggering. Three billion users. Let’s assume that a third of this sample size are children and or teenagers. That’s still a billion of them. A billion kids addicted to the screen.

Ultimately, I think this culture of children and/or teenagers being addicted to screens and other media are acceptable. There may be bias because I am part of the people who are addicted to technology but I think it is necessary to allow this culture to exist. My reasons would be:

  1. It is very hard to remove now. It is already in the culture. The only way for this culture to not exist is for some future culture to flourish.
  2. I am part of this culture. I see the harm although the pros outweigh the cons. I am happy with this addiction and I do not think people should try to ratify it. There is nothing wrong with it.
  3. Finally, I think removing it would do more harm. I would certainly be pissed if they remove the internet. I could imagine riots and uprisings when they actually address the problem of addiction.

 It would be hypocritical of me to say this but let’s just hope that this addiction would not be extreme to the point that we would be like the people from the movie, WALL-E.

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Once again thank you for reading this blog post! Comments, suggestions, and queries are highly appreciated.

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Hello, world! My first blog post is about 3D printing!

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Shown above is a picture of a 3D printing machine. Obviously, it allows 3D printing to occur. What is 3D printing, you might ask? 3D printing is the process of creating three-dimensional objects from a digital file. This process includes a method called additive manufacturing. It is a method in which an object is created by adding material layer by layer. This has opened a lot of possibilities for the improvement of life.

If this is still not clear for you, below is a video to showcase what was mentioned above.

A very interesting video isn’t it? All credit goes to Mashable for this video. Check out their YouTube channel for more interesting videos.

With the rise of 3D printing technology, there would definitely certain benefits and certain drawbacks. There would be criticisms and praises for this applied science. There would be questions regarding its safety, price, and purpose.

Allow me to reference a list of pros and cons are directly from another website because this list expresses some ideas that I agree with in a organized and straightforward manner. All credit goes to philforhumanity.com for this excellent list:

The Advantages of 3D Printing

  1. Manufacturing Options: 3D printing provides a wide variety of manufactured products, including customizable products and even an individual’s personal designs.
  2. Rapid Prototyping: Products can more quickly go from just a design to an actual prototype.
  3. Manufacturing Speed: Just like the previous advantage, the manufacturing speed for a large number of final products is equally fast.
  4. Reduced Costs: Even though the initial setup costs are higher, 3D printing has become cheaper than cheap labor in third world countries. Additionally, the costs of 3D printing are still decreasing, with the potential of 3D printers in homes in the near future. Furthermore, the costs of customized products are the same for mass production products.
  5. Warehousing: With traditional manufacturing technologies, it is much faster and cheaper to manufacture additional products that you probably know that you will eventually need. However with 3D printing, only products that are sold need to be manufactured, thus warehousing of excess inventory is significantly less needed.
  6. More Jobs: More engineers are needed to design and build 3D printers, and more technicians are needed to maintain, use, and fix 3D printers too. Additionally, with the lower cost of manufacturing, more designers and artists would be able deliver their products to the market. Even more domestic jobs for shipping these products should be created too.
  7. Medical: One of the innovative products that 3D printing may provide is the manufacturing of customizable human body parts or organs. While these usages are still experimental, the potential advantages are huge. Imagine doctors quickly building and replacing critical organs, such as the heart, lungs, or liver that will have almost no chance of donor rejection, since the organs will be built using the patients’ unique characters and DNA.

The Disadvantages of 3D Printing

  1. Fewer Manufacturing Jobs: As with all new technologies, manufacturing jobs will decrease. This disadvantage can and will have a large impact to the economies of third world countries, especially China, that depend on a large number of low skill jobs.
  2. Limited Materials: Currently, 3D printers only manufacture products out of plastic, resin, certain metals, and ceramics. 3D printing of products in mixed materials and technology, such as circuit boards, are still under development.
  3. Copyright: With 3D printing becoming more common, the printing of copyrighted products to create counterfeit items will become more common and nearly impossible to determine.
  4. Dangerous Items: 3D printers can create dangerous items, such as guns and knives, with very little or no oversight.
  5. More Useless Stuff: One of the dangers of 3D printers is that they will be used to create more useless stuff that is bad for the environment and wallets. Fortunately, there are new methods of automatically recycling objects made by 3D printers that hold promise of better recycling in the future.
  6. Size: Currently, 3D printers are limited with the size of the products that they can create. Ultimately, large items, such as houses and building, could be created using 3D printers.

My ideas regarding 3D printing are similar to the the ones mentioned in the list. I am happy of the advantages. I get to make stuff within the comforts of my home. It is cheaper in the long run. Who does not enjoy the reduced costs and the faster production? Specifically, I’m glad of the advances in the field of medicine. It is possible to print out body parts for the people who need it most. This is revolutionary to our lives and to modern medicine. Think about it. It is beneficial to the the less fortunate that are in need of organ transplants. There would be a larger supply of organs and body parts to be donated. This can possibly satisfy the demand for organs and hopefully rectify the number of people wait-listed in organ transplants. This would  remedy the situation to an extent.

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Although 3D printing has it advantages, the cons that come with it are serious as well. Particularly, I’m alarmed by the dangerous items such as guns. This is frightening. We would be place in an environment with an additional atmosphere of fear and insecurity. Hopefully, if 3D printing achieves success in the future, our lawmakers would create policies beneficial for the greater good. These laws should put into consideration potential gun violence, infringement of copyright material, and liability for the possible danger that resulted from the creation of a particular output.

Below is a video showing 3D printed guns.

All credit goes to ABC News for this video. Check out their YouTube channel for more interesting videos.

The kind culture that would result from this technology is uncertain and relative. It has its pros and cons. It has its positive side and its negative side. The only certain thing is that it is in humanity’s hands. How we use this technology is how our culture will be defined. Will it be achieving it’s intention or will it give rise to an inadvertent result? Right now I really can’t be certain on what our culture will be. Only time will tell.

Here’s a concluding video.

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Thank you for reading this blog post. Comments, suggestions, and queries are highly appreciated.

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