Welcome to this month's Science in Fiction feature! Science in Fiction is a meme I created to showcase the wonderful aspects of science in Young Adult fiction novels. For more information and previous feature, check out the "Science in Fiction" tag!
This month, I'm featuring Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry!
I adored Walk the Edge. You're probably wondering, how in the world is Alyssa going to relate a YA contemporary romance novel to her "Science in Fiction" feature?! The science I found in this book is tangentially related - it's more dealing with technology than science. But STEM is what I'm all about, so it counts!
Today, I'm discussing cybersecurity!
The cyber world is vast, wonderful, and yet terrifying place, especially for adolescents, teens, and young adults. It's so easy to be a victim of cyberbullying. It's so easy to lose your reputation after one post, or picture, or fight. It's so easy to lose all of your valuable information online, when it's all linked to your smartphone.
In Walk the Edge, someone takes a picture of Razor and Breanna. The person threatens and blackmails good-girl Breanna - write his papers for the term, or he'll post the picture of her and Razor.
The world has never experienced a revolution quite like this one, in terms of technology. The Industrial Revolution was rapid and innovative, but the "Technology Revolution" has the world at a loss. We don't know how to handle the advances in technology. Our government doesn't know how to protect its citizens from hackers. Teenagers don't know how to "date" the old-fashioned way (the more romantic way, in my opinion). Social media makes us strangers, superficial, and cruel to strangers. People have a constant stream of information and contact in front of them, and it makes people more distant than ever.
As fabulous as technology is, it's poisonous. It is destroying humans physically, mentally, emotionally, and we are helpless to stop it. No one wants to give up their smartphone, right? (I don't have one, WIN!) No one wants to give up their laptops or tablets or gadgets. They're convenient and treasured, and make life easier. Right?
We all appreciate technology. And I think most people are aware of the dangers. Has everyone seen the latest drama, with Apple and the U.S. government? Read Apple's letter to customers. It's so easy to lose your information to hackers, and potentially, the government.
I think it's important that everyone take measures to safeguard their privacy. Don't save your passwords or do online banking or give your location. Remember when laptops were considered luxury and Motorola Razr phones were the New Big Thing? Life seemed simpler, just seven or eight years ago. Identity theft wasn't running rampant like it is today.
As great as technology is, it's also absolutely horrible. I don't know what kind of world we'll be living in, in five or ten or twenty years, but I'm not sure it's one into which I'd want to bring children.
What do you all think? Do you also have a love-hate relationship with technology?