So how does technology affect our society?
Arnold Pacey defined technology as ‘the application of structured knowledge to real tasks by well-organized system of machines and people’. Some people think technology does affect the society, but others think it has more negative effects. Well, I do I agree that while technology has its negative consequences, it has numerous benefits. In this article I am going to discuss some of its benefits and its negative effects as well.
One of the most advanced inventions of our time is the computer. It might as well be the greatest invention ever (next to light bulbs and telephone) and we always develop new ways to improve it. Computers affects many aspects of our day to day life e.g. communication, medicine, entertainment, mathematics, agriculture, business and all other sciences. However, we depend on them too much that we become susceptible to computer hackers who are always trying to destroy all that we have created. Chat rooms have also its negative effects because of its unfiltered information e.g. pornography.
If we mention communication, again we ask how does technology affect our society?
In terms of communication, technology i.e. cellphones has enabled us to communicate easily with people in different parts of the world. Using cell phones you can now keep tabs with distance friends and families without necessarily travelling to where they are. While there are numerous benefits of this gadget, it has its negatives as well, for example, people use them to lie, threaten and harm others. There have been several car accidents that has been attributed to the use of this phones while driving
In the transportation sector there has been a remarkable change over the years thanks to the technology advancement. Who had thought during the times of chariots that horses would pave way to the world fastest train (‘the bullet’)? Today, there are several cars and trains manufacturing companies which develop different types and make of cars, all for the reason of improving transportation. Airplanes have made the world to look like a village where you can be in two different places separated by thousands of miles in a single day. All that said however, there also some negatives that come along with these new technologies for instance; people have lost life through cars, trains and airplanes accidents.
Technology has also boost agricultural production, improving animals and plant breeds and played a major role in the emergence of short term high yielding crops. With these technologies, humankind has been able to feed her increasing population even in the remotest places of the globe. These have helped in the fight against hunger and poverty. The negative side of it however is that, with these technologies, there has been emergence of new diseases and health problems that is attributed to the chemicals used in the production of this product
Generally, technology has simplified work and made our life’s very comfortable coffee makers, computers, cell phones etc. are so much effective, easy and quick to use. Robots scrubbing and cleaning our homes indicates how things has been simplified. All we need to do is just press a button.
It is amazing how technology has advanced over the past years. Who had ever thought that a chip would one day replace a whole line of factory workers? Well, this has improved efficiency, decreased human error and made work faster. However this can also be seen as a con as it causes unemployment.
As a conclusion, there are several benefits of technology as well as cons. I have just been able to mention only but a few there are several other benefits such as; technology in industries, technology in medicine, security, global warming etc. We just need to ask ourselves, are we becoming victims of potential danger and laziness due to cell phones and computer? Does machines run or is it ruining our lives?