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Stella

Wong
3/11/15
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Fahrenheit 451 Essay

Research shows that 25% of teenagers have experienced cyber bullying and

88% of teenagers have witnessed cyber bullying. The over use of technology and
bullying among youth are both factors that lead to cyber bullying. These two issues
are present in the society in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Radbury and in my life/our
society today. Because technology and bullying are so dominant in both societies,
they take away time for people to create deep connections with others. However,
there are changes that I can implement in my own life to better alleviate these
problems and their effects on me.

The first issue is technology. Technology takes away time for people to spend

with others in creating deep relationships. People rely on technology and turn to
technology for help instead of solving the problems themselves. Technology also
acts as a distraction for people, taking their minds off of unpleasant things. In the
novel, Mildred listens to seashell radios and watches parlour walls day and night;
she even calls the people in these walls her family. the little seashells Every
night the waves came in and bore her off on their great tides of sound, floating her,
wide-eyed, toward morning. (Fahrenheit 451, P.5) This quote shows that
technology is taking over her mind in a way as it is described that Mildred floats
wide-eyed, toward morning, shes not really thinking about anything, but just
going to wherever the seashells are taking her. Even in our society and my own life, I

Wong, Stella

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 9:12:34 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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see people on their phones almost everywhere I go. I, too, use technology for hours
on end everyday. To break down the negative effects that technology has brought
into my life, I could make sure to spend at least 30 minutes less everyday using
these devices. To enforce this solution, I will put reminders at places where I go to
often so that I would remember to do something else other than using technology.
This solution would ensure that I get to spend more quality time with my family and
friends. I would also be able to have more time to focus on my main priorities
instead of using technology to procrastinate.

Due to the abundant use of technology, more youth are experiencing not just

bullying, but cyber bullying as well. Bullying/cyber bullying is another issue that
exists in Fahrenheit 451s society and our society. Bullying can make kids feel
insecure and leads to numerous problems including drug abuse and suicide. It is
described in the society of Fahrenheit 451, a fun park to bully people around,
break windowpanes or wreck cars They kill each other. (Fahrenheit 451, P.14)
Kids go to the fun park after school and are killed constantly by one another.
Although our society is not as violent, bullying is still a problem for many children
and teenagers whether its online or in the real world. Although I have not been
bullied before, I have heard countless stories regarding to bullying; our school also
teaches us about its negative effects and how to deal with it. Something I could do to
help with this issue is that if I see other students being bullied at school, I would find
a trusted adult to deal with it. Finding an adult that I know has the power to deal
with this issue will make things better; it would minimize bullying, at least for the
students in our school.

Wong, Stella

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 9:12:34 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Cyber bullying is something that is inevitable in society today with the

overwhelming use of technology and bullying among youth. Both technology and
bullying take away time for people to really get to know each other, and to create
strong relationships in a society. Nevertheless, there are things that every
individual can do to lessen cyber bullying and its effects; simple things such as
reducing technological use by 30 minutes a day, or to find an adult that you can
count on to manage bullying at school. These solutions would give us more time to
spend with others, and it would create safer environments for children and
teenagers. Technology and bullying are two important issues that need to be
discussed because if we were to take a closer look at both issues, we would see how
they bring out the flaws of society and the people within it.

Wong, Stella

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 9:12:34 AM Pacific Daylight Time

70:56:81:af:a9:cd