When we speak about the impact of technology on society, we always talk about the positive effects of technology and how technology has brought luxury to life but forget that luxury has also brought in laziness. We talk about the internet as an information resource and a communication platform and conveniently ignore the fact that an over-exposure to it leads to internet addiction. We often discuss how technology has made life easy but easily forget that it has made man overly dependent on it.
Have you thought of the impact of technology from this point of view? I am sure, most of you haven’t. Let us look at this aspect of technology. Think of the days when there were no computers and no modern means of transport. Human life was highly restricted due to the unavailability of technological applications. Daily life involved a lot of physical activity. The life of the common man of those times was not as luxurious as that of the modern times, but he was more active. Daily exercise was integrated in the routine physical activities. It was contrary to the lifestyle of today, which carries no time slot for rigorous exercise and carries laze and inactivity.
We think of technology as a boon to society. I am afraid; this is not completely true. The internet has bred many unethical practices like hacking, spamming and phishing. Cybercrime is on the rise. The internet, being an open platform for expression, lacks regulation. There is no regulation on the content displayed over websites. Internet gambling facilities have brought casinos a click away. Exposure to the internet technology from an early age has resulted in children and youngsters getting addicted to it.
Technology has many positive aspects but, in the wrong hands, it can become dangerous. Technology is a valuable tool but is somewhat misused by today’s teens.
The two main forms of technology affecting teenagers – cell phones and the internet – have brought about major changes in our lifestyle.
This technology has allowed teens to have inane communications and in doing so, contributes to the dumbing down of society. We spend more time corresponding with our friends on cell phones and the internet than we do working or participating in activities which expand and challenge our minds.
Our fixation with technology makes us oblivious to the social implications. Teens today are lacking basic social skills because of an absence of face-to-face communication assisted by this technology.
The advancement of technology affected us in many negative ways in term of destruction, pollution, insecurity in daily life, and health problem. Weapons, for example, bring destruction start wars. Chemical such as CFC in our cars, refrigerator, and machinery destroy the ozone, which protect us from the heat of the sun and also prevents us from skin cancer. The more machineries and technology we build, the more resources we need and the more natural habitat will be destroyed. In fact, science and technology are responsible for many of the problems that face us today.