By: Allison McAndrews
Technology has made huge advancements. All basic devices have been updated and electronics continue to make developments.
“It’s wonderful in the respect of communicating and documentation; it’s instant. But on the older school perspective I didn’t grow up with technology and I can’t keep up with it. It’s a struggle to do some simple things,” said Attleboro High School nurse coordinator Debbie Ebert.
Computers and televisions have been updated in a similar way. Originally they were both big blocks with static and antennas, but they have now upgraded into thin flat screens. Some of these devices even have touch screens and can connect to the internet. Computers have also developed into laptops and tablets over the last decade.
“There are pro and anti opinions on technology growth; I find it more positive. We learn things faster, for example it’s good for medical research to help save lives. Also It helps find jobs faster, and it’s helpful to communicate with family that is far away. On the anti side, it takes jobs away by automation and I think children have too much access at a young age. Overall, with great power comes great responsibility!” said Attleboro resident and parent Carol Jeffery.
Old computers had a tower, monitor, keyboard, and a mouse. New computers use wireless internet, so they do not need the tower because they are receiving the internet from the router. Laptops have everything together so there are no necessary individual accessories.
“Technology advancements are helpful but they can be dangerous. If they become too severe we may become too lazy because technology will have found a way to do our everyday things for us,” said AHS sophomore Jennifer Lopez.
Tablets are a lot like laptops but the whole thing is just touch screen. The tablet is just like a bigger version of a cell phone but it is used more as a computer. New tablets, laptops and computers enable a person to browse the web, video chat, send emails, and take pictures.
“I feel like it’s substantial, the amount it has grown in the last eight years. From flip phones to a touch screen and computers to tablets, the growth is insane.” said AHS sophomore Nathan Flinkfelt.
Mobile phones have made huge changes; there used to be flip phones with no cameras or key boards, but now they have advanced into these incredible devices. Most smart phones have two cameras, touch screens, full keyboards, and countless features.
AHS sophomore Kendra Viens said, “Phones have improved the most; my Nana has a flip phone and you can’t do anything on it.”
The iPod is developing. There have been six original generations, two mini generations, seven Nano generations, four Shuffle generations, and five touch generations. Eventually iPods progressed into iPads, which are just bigger tablet like iPods with more features. The main differences in these generations are the size, shape and features. For example, cameras were added and the accessibility of the iPods were updated.
“When it comes to technology advances I like the original ones. They are more classic.” said AHS freshman Clarissa Bourgault.
Most of these new advancements are wireless and need to use WiFi (wireless free internet). This lets people use their devices anywhere that WiFi is available and can be connected.
“I feel like we have advanced in technology for the greater good,” said AHS sophomore Jonathan Juarez.
Technology continues to grow as advancements continue a rapid progression. One day, probably in the near future, our current advancements will be old news.