Technology Making Us Lazy (The Ultimate Guide + Image Quotes)

How many of us can go a week without using our phones? Do you bother memorizing phone numbers any longer? I can't remember the last time I went a day without using the internet. Life has become so convenient for us thanks to technology that it's almost frightening to consider what would happen if we had to go without our favorite gadget for an extended period of time. We must face the facts: technology has made us slackers.

There's no need to leave the house to have fun

What's the point of getting up, showering, dressing, and driving to the movies when you can just sit on the couch and watch Netflix? Every one of us has been there. You're debating whether or not to go out and do something, but then something comes over you. You look around at your PS3 and laptop and realize you can have just as much fun staying at home.

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To make matters worse, Nintendo and Microsoft were forced to release the Wii and Kinect (respectively). You can go bowling, play tennis, or watch the Olympics in your living room thanks to these two addictive gadgets.

Is it even possible to get lost these days?

I have a feeling we're getting closer to the day when people won't be able to read paper maps at all. There are already a significant number of young adults who have no idea how to navigate their own cities without the aid of a GPS.

MapQuest was the catalyst for the demise of paper maps. The ability to print out complete turn-by-turn directions for where you need to go has effectively eliminated the need for a map. Even with MapQuest, some people kept a map in their cars in case of an emergency.

Paper maps became obsolete after TomTom and Garmin entered the market. Because of GPS apps, MapQuest is being used much less frequently. You can use Google Maps on your smartphone to get free voice-guided turn-by-turn directions. With today's technology, even people with no sense of direction can get to where they need to go.

Oh, and now that Apple is getting involved in the GPS industry, the future of paper maps does not look promising. Boys Scouts will soon be teaching kids how to navigate with a GPS rather than a compass.

Google can help you find the answer to any question

We've all Googled something that we were embarrassed to admit we didn't know the answer to. According to Google, the phrase “how to tie a tie” receives over 500,000 searches per month. For some reason, “how to boil water” receives over 1,000 searches per month, while “how to boil eggs” receives over 40,000 searches per month.

Google has made learning how to do things extremely simple. There was a time when if you didn't know how to do something, you had to do one of two things:

Do you know anyone who knows how to do it?

Attempt to figure it out and make mistakes until you get it right.
Not any longer. A quick Google search will yield instructional YouTube videos, blog posts, and PDFs that will show you how to do anything. So much for self-sufficiency.

Such a long list of errands!

Saturday mornings used to be spent running errands. You were exhausted by the time you arrived home and just wanted to unwind. Running your own errands is a thing of the past, thanks to online shopping and services like Peapod. Giant's Peapod service allows you to have groceries delivered to your door. TaskRabit allows you to find people who will do anything from returning merchandise to putting together Ikea furniture.

These services are great for people who are physically unable to do certain tasks for themselves, but many able-bodied people use them as well for convenience. Buying clothes, electronics, and other items used to necessitate leaving the house. Not any longer. The e-commerce industry is thriving and is expected to grow by 62 percent by 2016. Because I enjoy online shopping, I am unquestionably contributing to the problem. But I must admit that it has made me a little lazy.

It appears that with each new piece of technology that is released, we become lazier and lazier. We can only hope that we don't end up like the characters in the film Wall-E. If you're the type of person who won't change the channel because you can't find the remote, or if you'd rather Skype than drive to see friends or family, technology may be making you lazy.

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