Defining the issue Ageism is a form of discrimination and prejudice against an age group, and is actually felt by seniors (Ageism, 2009). Ageism includes false stereotypes which is applied to the seniors, also changes ones way of how they treat elders. As an individual society has taught us want to categorize people into groups, which often leads to use making incorrect and negative stereotypes on one another. A professor had asked her students if they were excited about getting older, and they all answered “no way!” Their explanation was a list of stereotypes such as, sick, unhappy, sexually inactive, as well as being alone. Ageism has been a huge issue for many decades now about the prejudice and discrimination towards seniors.
Many elderly people are viewing themselves as recipients of care instead of right holders. The sense of internalised ageism was clearly seen as many of the people who took part in the survey said they see themselves as a burden on society, which in my opinion is a very sad attitude to have. The internalised ageism is nearly multiplied in people suffering with dementia or Alzheimer’s. (www.Alzeimer.ie). the physical frailty and the dependency that older people have on care providers leaves them in a very vulnerable position.
As individuals age their roles and relationships within in society change and the impact of ageing on social structures also change. Older people are often given labels such as frail, weak and dependent on others. Sociologists consider this as social construction. Positive and negative stereotypes have been created on ageing in society. An example of a negative stereotype of older people in society is that people consider old age to be declining in health.
Imagine a world today where people didn’t have the technologies. If there were no technologies today, humans wouldn’t have phones, computers, tablets, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat. Technology is now a big part of people’s society and predictable future. Electronic devices like cars, phones, tablets, and computers have all been created over time to make peoples live helpful and easier. The benefits of technology are that people can talk to their friends and relatives who are living far from them, they can learn new things and online courses, and they’re able to reach distant places within hours which took years of time to reach in olden days.
People have become overly dependent on technology and communication between each other is getting lower and lower. Technology has been a megger point in our growth as a society by this point can destroy some of the required sources from the past. For example how to complete simple addition and subtraction at a certain age without looking at the calculator on your phone, or sitting at the table with your family eating and trying to start a conversation instead of having your face stuffed in a phone. These all start to start with questions of why people are dependent on technology, what has caused this, and also what issue this will leave for the next generation. One reason why people are too dependent on technology is that it puts a strain on the communication skills of people and the thought of talking on the phone or talking to a person in class or at work is no longer your first instinct.
Chapter 2 of the book was one of my favorite chapters because it brings up the question of whether increased technology has made our lives more or less efficient. Neither myself, the author, nor my classmates were able to form a clear answer to this question but nevertheless it is still something that is interesting to discuss. In some ways we agree that more technology allows us to get work done and be efficient. Having the internet constantly available makes it easier to research and complete assignments. The development of smartphones has also allow us to become more efficient at work and school because we are instantly connected to our professors, classmates, school, and bosses who often communicate through email and other methods.
In addition to less gender diversity, the article “Women Deserve Equal Pay” shows that women are not given the same opportunities as men by explaining that women who major in science or business have double the chances as men to acquire an office job, while men are promoted to management roles. This promotion of men is not uncommon because it has been discovered that “...corporate America promotes men at 30 percent higher rates than women…” (Time For a New Gender-Equality Playbook). These facts give clarification that women are not thoroughly given equal opportunities and that bias plays an extreme role in employment, which should be solved with laws prohibiting such
Over the years we’ve adapted to having smartphones since its serves as a personal computer at our fingertips. Companies such as Apple and Microsoft have created amazing software in these devices to the point where there is no need to ever purchase another computer. Having smartphones at a young age is also beneficial for the child. Michaela Cullington made an interesting point in her “Does Texting Affect Writing?” by saying “Texting should be viewed as beneficial because it provides students with motivation to write” (364). What Michaela is trying to say is that, kids now a day are glued to their phones because of how much they text.
This past two months have been rewarding, enlightening and challenging. Being my first time in taking an online class, it was really a huge adjustment for me. I was so used to the traditional setting where there is an instructor in front of the class, and the students discuss the topics in person. I thought I will not like the idea of sending an email for a question and discussing lessons through posts, but I did. I was able to say my ideas that honestly, I might have never said if I was face to face with someone.
Before the invention of the computer and the internet, face to face communication was a normal everyday thing and loneliness and isolation was a problem that was rarely talked about or experienced. People went about their day looking up and speaking to each other as they passed by at the store. Currently, technology is an essential part of many people’s lives, allowing them to use their devices and communicate with others in diverse ways and places. Technology has helped define society and determined how one interacts with others daily by the way they communicate, learn, and think. There are both positive and negative effects of technology and the social individual.