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Does Technology destroy our relationship with Nature?

I am an environmental Literature student, and I am interested in people's responses about the constitution of Nature, Technology, and the relationship that is apparently slowly being degraded with Nature.

All responses are welcome.


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    May 28 2013: While I wouldn't say that the relationship between nature and technology is one purely of "destruction," I have a hard time believing that it is wholly positive. Take, for example, the contemporary childhood of your average American (sorry for the self-focus but this is the society in which I have largely grown up and feel that I can judge most accurately). The advances in leisure that technology has afforded the average American family in recent years are tremendous, ranging from computers, to cell phones, to television, etc. In the most practical sense, time spent with these new technologies and subsequent luxuries is time away from what many would call the more "natural pursuits" in which the previous generations were heavily involved, such as romping through the woods, climbing trees, swimming in streams, and the like. It does not even have to be exercises or activities as specific as these, but simply that children and we, as humans, experience something that we have not completely fabricated. I feel it is exactly this ratio of time with "fruits of technology" vs. "fruits of nature" that modern technology has heavily skewed.

    On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, a child could be a generally active, healthy, and nature-conscious individual who sits down once a week with his or her family, watches a show like PBS's Nature, and becomes inspired to devote his/her life to curbing global deforestation. In this case, the luxuries of technology have done nothing but good to both enhance and enrich an individual's love and appreciation for the natural world. Sadly, I have a feeling that the former case is more prevalent in contemporary American society.This, I would say that while technology can be a powerful tool in our understanding of nature, because of the context in which the masses of most industrialized societies interact with the fruits of technology, it (generally) does more to complicate and hinder our relationship with nature rather than aid it.

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