How Computers Have Changed Our
Students in Professor Helen Roland's EAP
1540 Writing V class were asked to write about how computers have
changed their lives. Some of the students comment on positive
changes while others think we've become too dependent on technology.
Who do you agree with?
Changed All Our Lives
by Leda Guevara
Computers have changed
all our lives, especially in the area of health. New support
systems in computer technology have been discovered and recent
developments have helped the health field. Before, some causes of
death were unknown to doctors, and in many cases because they did
not have the technology of computers that we have today. Computer
advances have helped medicine in three important ways: in
preventing, diagnosing, and treating patients with different
The most modern computer machine is the CT Scan or
MRIS. With this machine, a doctor can see three-dimensional images
in 360 degrees of our entire body, helping to prevent many
diseases. For example, patients with kidney problems have a
procedure called hemodialysis. Ten years ago, this procedure was
very difficult and would have taken more than five hours to
complete. Today, with the development of capillary technology and
computers, the process is quick.
The DNA computer technology machine has changed
medicine. Ten or twenty years ago, doctors did not understand how
cells communicated internally and externally, how proteins worked,
and how genetic material was organized and worked. These machines
have helped to diagnose disease through the study of biochemistry,
microbiology, and anatomy. For example, cell culture systems have
developed to extend the embryonic stem cells which can be cultured
and where new organs can be grown in labs. New skin is used to
cover burned skin; computer procedures help people with burned
skin. For instance, computers help in testing for future treatment
of liver problems. A patient diagnosed with liver cancer can have
the liver removed, take out the cancerous cells, and put the liver
back in the patient.
A man/woman was hospitalized because of a heart attack
at the Trauma Center in Jackson Memorial Hospital. Immediately
doctors decided to do emergency surgery. They put a microchip
inside his heart; this microchip helps the blood flow more
efficiently, and with the help from this machine, this treatment
will prevent another heart attack. Another discovery was for the
patient with lung cancer. A new microchip allows the patient to
have less pain. The machine also brings a special treatment, which
sends a wave to the brain in order for the patient to take out the
desire to smoke.
However, pages and pages would be needed to write
about how the computer has changed our lives. As you can see, we
need to give thanks to God for giving us the knowledge to make new
discoveries in computers. Today, people can enjoy more pleasant
lives as a result of computers.
How Computers Have Improved Our Lives
by Alexis Arroyo
Computers have improved
studentís lives, medical equipment, and communication technology
more then any other invention in world history.
Now computers have made student life easier and faster.
For example, now they can find information in regards to their
homework instead of having to go to the library. Also, they can
keep in touch with their teachers all the time.
Computers have improved medical equipment also. One of
these improvements is the new robot built to make it possible for
a surgeon to perform surgery even if the patient is thousands of
In addition, computers have improved communication all
over the world. For example, people do not have to spend hundreds
of dollars on long distance calls. Therefore, they can converse
for hours without having to spend a penny.
These are just a few examples of how computers have
improved student life, also developed medical equipment, and have
improved communication technology. In my opinion, computers are
the greatest invention in world history.
Have Changed Music
by Cesar Santos
beginning of music, man has been trying to innovate and create new
ways to do old things better. We have seen changes in many fields
of arts, for instance, in movies, in visual arts, and of course in
music. One of the biggest changes in music was the incorporation
of computers in music. That innovation with computers expanded
this art to unlimited fields never seen before. That change allows
us to go into three important aspects.
The first aspect is in the sound quality. With this
aspect, your music is going to have a professional sound. That
ďproĒ sound is used by the majority of artists currently. Digital
components are able to produce the best sound of each musical
Another aspect is in the area of musical development.
That includes all the steps that are needed to make a product, for
example, composition, mixing, recording, and mastering. In this
aspect, you can have almost the perfect balance between tracks.
Also, the artistsí skills are not going to deteriorate, because of
external aspects, such as, musical mistakes, equipment problems,
failed rhythms, etc.
The last aspect is the recording process. Here you can
increase your recording quality by the highly detailed equalizers
in the computers. Also you can modify the sound by adding new
tracks and new digital technology.
It is clear that music is getting more style and
concept thanks to computers. Technology is better each day, and
our lives are strongly influenced by computers. Music and
computers are both very close. Probably this couple will be
together for many, many years.
by Esra Seren Kavuk
Although each technology that
we accept during our lifetime has some advantages, there are some
disadvantages in our lives.
One of the consequences is isolation and losing your
relationship with people, which is a common disaster for computer
fans. For example, people spend more time with computers. They are
not only seeing less of their friends and family, but also
spending less time shopping and watching television. When the
Internet was created, the Internet companies figured out that by
shopping online and planning trips online, people should have more
time to spend with their families.
In addition, computers are causing people to work more.
People can work from their house 24 hours a day and make
themselves more productive. But working can also cut them off from
family and friends.
Also, it causes some health problems. For instance,
spending too much time in front of the computer means looking at
the computer screen, which makes the eyes tired. So, after hours,
they become red and it is hard to see the words. Their eyes start
itching which is harmful.
The last disadvantage is for the body. Staying in a
chair for hours in front of the computer is also not healthy for
the backbone. It needs to be straight and vertical.
All in all, computers have some bad effects besides
their advantages for our life.
by Mercedes Vidales
In the new millennium,
everything has been changed. One of the things that has changed is
technology. Computers have taken a very important place in the
world. Computers have three interesting advantages in the areas of
time, education, and economics. Those three advantages will help
you improve your knowledge.
In the area of time, computers help to save time. Computers
are faster at doing any kind of job; consequently, if you know how
to use a computer you can work less time than you would without
one. You work as quickly as you learn.
Computers help you to improve your knowledge. This
educational area is interesting because you can explore some
information that you want to know; furthermore, computers help
people in a variety of professions.
In the area of economics, computers help you. For example, if
you have a computer at home you save money. You donít need to
leave home to get information. In addition, you donít move your
car, and you are saving gas.
In short, it is necessary to have access to computers because
they help you in different ways. Therefore computers have taken an
important place in the world.
Computers Have Changed Our Lives
by Patricia Wong
Itís amazing how computers have
changed our lives. For example, computers have made work easier.
Before computers, work took more time, because everything was
manual and had to be printed, so finding files and information was
difficult and slow. In contrast, now every office and business
uses computers. Places like stores, restaurants, offices,
hospitals, police departments, airports, etc, use computers
because computers can keep a lot of information which is organized
in files or programs and easy to find in one place and in a short
time. Besides, computers can control machinery and engines faster
and efficiently than if someone has to do it personally. Also,
computers have influenced our everyday life. Before the computers,
for example, we use to buy things personally, by mail or by phone.
But with computers, we can buy anything and request information
about items that we want in short time and without the necessity
of going to the stores. Also, with computers we have the
possibility of playing games, reading books, listening to music,
watching movies, pictures, etc. in only one place and very fast
without the necessity of going to different places. Furthermore,
cars are equipped with computers such as, those that can inform us
about the temperature, if the engine has a problem, open a window
by pressing a button or finding a street. In addition, we can chat
or e-mail someone wherever and whenever we want in a short time
and with the certainty that this person has received our message
and will have an answer very soon. Otherwise, computers have
changed the way that we can learn in school. We can use the
computer as a word processor that is more comfortable and easier
to use than a typewriter. With the computer, we can get a lot of
information quickly from the Internet so we donít have to go to
the library and look for a lot of books. In addition, computers
help us to keep a lot of information and process it quickly and
them use it anytime. As you can see, there are some examples of
how computers have changed our life and made it more comfortable
Computers Have Changed Our
by Yuliana Rodriguez
Computers have helped men through
the years. They have brought innumerable benefits. Our lives have
become easier and more organized. Now, everything depends on
computers. We need them for communication, school, banking,
business administration, and almost every aspect of our lives.
Computers help us save money and time; there is no doubt that
those are wonderful machines and that in these days computers have
become a necessity for us. On the other hand, computers have
reduced the number of employees, because machines are doing jobs
people used to do. They have increased unemployment and the rich
have become richer because they are owners of factories and they
have reduced the personnel. I think people trust too much in
computers. Sometimes they forget that those are machines and can
make mistakes that from my point of view have more risk than a
human mistake. For example, talking about traffic lights that are
managed by computers, if one of those computers make a mistake or
are damaged, traffic is going to be messy, and we will see a lot
of accidents. Another example was is in the year 2000, when
everybody was afraid of Y2K. Some people thought it was going to
be the end of the world. It could have caused chaos. For that
reason, I think that we have to be prepared to respond if
something happens with the computers. We have to stop depending on
a small machine that is inferior to us.