Downside Of Technology Exposed In Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury

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Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 accurately portrays a world in which addictive technologies desensitize society and as a result, make them more prone towards inappropriate behaviors.

In today’s society, highly addicting video games involving strong violence and language, explicit sexuality and crime often lead to inappropriate behaviors. Role playing games or RPGs allow us to step into a virtual world, cutting ourselves off from worldly distractions. Nowadays, the age range for people who play these extremely graphic games are anywhere from six to eighteen and are surprisingly hazardous to young children’s health. A study gave a group of players playing a violent video game the chance to blast a painful sound into their opponent's ear in order to get the upper advantage. They also gave another group playing non violent games, the same opportunity. The study showed that overall the gamers playing violent video games were more prone to inflict more pain on their enemies, unlike the other group who inflicted considerably less pain. Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D who did this study agrees, “violent video games desensitize players to violence, and makes them more violent in real life" (McGonigal). Young adults are exposed to these terrifying images, harming their mental health. In recent events, a young eight year old boy shot his grandmother after playing Grand Theft Auto. This game is the epitome of why young people should not be playing these games. It is comprised of murder, drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behavior, violence and general disrespect for women, and foul language. In summary, young people should not be playing these games in order to save their mental health. Furthermore, television contributes to desensitizing society with it’s addicting properties.

Television desensitizes us from the world’s problems and can be extremely addicting. Presently, “computers sometimes seem to have taken control over our everyday lives -- from how we buy groceries to how we find mates” (Huffington). Television has completely changed society. Not only have we made televisions bigger and better, but now television can be accessed everywhere. With our new advancements, society can take television anywhere any time. It is available on smartphones, tablets, IPods, and...

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