Technology is now a big part of our society and our foreseeable future. There is little room for people that wish to live without technology, and luckily, it is still advancing at a rate that has helped stave off stagnation. Here I analyze the advantages and disadvantages of technology
I believe that for every advantage that technology brings us, it also brings us a disadvantage at the same time.
Analysis of cars on our roads
Cars and other vehicles are now readily available and are technologically advanced enough to be safe for use every day and to work as a reliable tool for getting people and goods from one place to another in a relatively short space of time.
The advantages of cars are that they are safe and that people can get to very specific places as per their own timeline. People do not have to rely on trains or planes in order to get to where they want to go, and they can set off at their own time and arrive when they wish without having to work around a train or plane schedule.
The disadvantage is that all forms of vehicle on our roads are polluting the atmosphere and are slowly killing the earth by adding to greenhouse gasses that do not allow the sun’s heat to escape. Even electric cars are powered by electricity generated by fossil fuels. Car accidents are also a very big killer worldwide and many lives have been lost because of car accidents/incidents.
Analysis of Smartphones
They allow people to stay in touch, even over long distances, and they are relatively safe and reliable to use. There are devices that can communicate with plus at the other end of the planet and getting and keeping in touch with other people is very easy.
The disadvantages to this is that it means people no longer need to meet in person as much, and interpersonal relationships are suffering worldwide because people are communicating through a small handheld device. Lots of people have Smartphones and they use them almost semi-continuously, including in public settings when they could be making new friends, finding new lovers, and talking/interacting with their current friends.
Analysis – Fast and efficient Internet access
The advantages are that people can communicate over vast distances and can gain access to information and answers to their questions very quickly. The disadvantage is that the Internet isn’t moderated in the way that people think and a lot of it is filled with misinformation and outright lies.
Even brand-named websites that have a lot of trust are not accountable for what appears on their own websites. Even respected and branded news sites have stories that have passed through many people’s hands and originally started as lies with zero accountability throughout the dissemination process. For example, that is why so many celebrities have been reported as dead on news sites when they were actually alive.
My analysis proves that technology is a good thing, and that is has its advantages, but that with each technological element we gain disadvantages as well as advantages, and many times those disadvantages are overlooked by technology users.
What Would Life be Without Technology
The everyday lives of people have changed a great deal due to the advent of technology. They have become easier, faster, more comfortable and dynamic. But, at the same time, our lives have become lethargic, preposterous and anti-social just like the computers that have become a part and parcel of our lives. The technology has enriched our lives and enlightened our minds, but in pursuit of its cozy comforts, people tend to be over-reliant on it, so much that they can’t even imagine living without it. This pointless obsession and abuse of technology in our lives has left us vulnerable and weak. No doubt, the advancements brought us unprecedented physical, medical and other benefits, but this over-reliance will prove costly for the survival of the human race.
We are living in an Information Age where technology and knowledge bases are advancing at an explosive rate. According to Schilling, at an average, the magnitude human knowledge is now doubling every 13 months at the current rate. The over-whelming effects of this knowledge are all around us as cutting edge technology is rendered obsolete in the blink of an eye due to further advancements. It would be illogical to believe that we should abandon technology, because in many cases, it will be the difference for a better tomorrow. As a result of the pursuit of better quality of life, some dependence on technology is unavoidable because we would all like to have clean running water, healthy diet, and protection from terrible diseases, provision of power and different electronic tools for our businesses as well as other material comforts and amenities in our lives. Technology especially in the face of rapidly increasing population helps us in utilizing the Earth’s resources more efficiently. It is due to technology that human race is surviving the unprecedented population expansion and without it, the human race would have died out long ago in a global hunger Armageddon. But on the other hand there are negative effects of technology lingering in our lives. By neglecting basic human and mammalian instincts like socializing, family life and physical exertion, we have become artificial and hollow. Although we are reaping benefits, we are losing the little of the precious humanity left in our lives due to over-indulgence.
In conclusion, technology has affected our lives deeply. We simply cannot imagine living without it. It has increased our lifespan and quality of living. It has brought us closer to each other in certain ways and drifted away in others. Without it, our lives would have been simpler, harder, poorer, isolated, unimaginative, disconnected and dangerous.