Those are the two words that I think of when Generation Always On comes to my mind. I am torn on where I stand on this debate. Do I think easily accessible technology is beneficial or detrimental? I don't think it needs to be one or the other. I think easily accessible technology is both beneficial and detrimental to our society.
Having technology available at our fingertips at all hours of the day allows us to get information easily. This helps people to become quick thinkers and to acquire knowledge that we may not have had access to year ago. We have the ability to learn and research from anywhere in the world, as long as we have internet access.
Having technology available at our fingertips at all hours of the day never gives us time to not be entertained. We have grown accustom to always having something to do and having something to entertain us. We do not rely on our friends and family to keep us company. When we are with our friends and family we give them half of our attention because the other half is focused on what we have in hand.
Internet and technology is just like anything else, it is good in moderation. We cannot let it run our lives but we cannot be afraid of it either. We need to be responsible users and realize when it is and is not an appropriate time to use what we have access to.