Technology – Is It Useful, or is it Destructive? Read to Find Out!
In the present globalized world, we are living in the era of advanced technology. Every part of our daily life is related to technology in one or other way. When compared with olden days, we are having better facilities and even better luxuries with the help of increased technology. The development of technology is not confined to any one sector and all the industries and different sectors of society are developing new technologies according to their needs and requirements.
Technology is what makes the 21st century “humanity’s prime.”
Few of us would want a life regressive life. Few of us would like to live in an era without the luxuries of technology…
However, those luxuries come at a cost. And to some people, this makes “technology” more of a threat than a boon.
Is That True?
Is technology more dangerous than it is helpful?
This is what we’ll answer below. We’ll look at the benefits and harms of technology, before giving you a final verdict!
Technology helps us in many aspects of our lives. It eases our responsibilities, improves our connection to loved ones – all while affording us more time.
But let’s get into the details. Below are the exact benefits we gain from technology!
Positive Effects Of Technology On Our Lives
There are so many advantages with improved technology in our daily life. With the help of mobile technology we are able to talk to our friends and relatives who are living far from us. With the help of internet, we are able to learn new things and online courses etc. With the help of aviation technology we are able to reach distant places within hours which took years of time to reach in olden days. We are using the all natural resources available for making our life better. With the help of social networking we are able to find our childhood friends, relatives etc. and important events in their life. With the help of information technology we are able to share information to any part of the world with in milliseconds. With progressive technology in the agriculture field, we are able to meet food requirements of people all over the world.
In previous decades, learning was restricted to books and paper. To learn, you had to visit a library, or you had to read newspapers and magazines. And the easiest source of information was television.
Today, we have the internet. Information is available easily. And this doesn’t just apply to general information. It also applies to educational sources, such as study material, and texts of higher institutions.
This make technology perfect for learning. In fact, it makes it perfect for self-education!
Technology saves time and money. Gone are the days of postal services and sending letters. Today, we can call people on the other side of the planet, and affordably too!
Technology saves lives. It has helped us improve research (plus) the diagnosis and treatment of different medicines. Through technology, medicine to treat terminal and dangerous illnesses is now available, such as for heart disease and cancer!
Business is now easier to do. For starters, technology is universal and useable by all. And this means more collaborations on an international level, which leads to more cultural-sharing.
Business improvements also apply on minor levels. They include more accurate record-keeping and management of details.
This leads to faster information processing, which means faster services, faster resolution of bureaucratic issues, and less managerial effort.
Transportation is easy with technology. It means faster and further travelling. This helps us cross large distances, managing responsibilities across large territories previously impossible to oversee!
Plus, transportation is also cheap publicly. Organized public transport makes exploring business and work opportunities much easier. In fact, they increase opportunities to the majority of people!
Technology isn’t exactly a source of pure goodness.
It does have its drawbacks. Even with its benefits, there are cons to watch out for, they specifically include…
Negative Effects Of Technology On Our Lives
On the other hand, there are instances which show the problems with improved and advanced technology or the solution for one problem with the help of technology is giving rise to another problem. Instead of taking care personally we are sending sms or giving a call on important occasions which were attended personally in olden days. With the use of same internet children are getting addicted to online games and their physical activities and exercises are becoming considerably less. The same social networks are creating rivalry between best friends and couples are getting divorced. The same aviation technology is giving health problems for their workers and creating serious environmental threats. With the heavy usage of fertilizers soil is losing its natural fertility and several varieties of plants became extinct.
Consider the case study of automobiles regarding technology. Automobile technology was first developed to make the journey of humans more convenient. Now we are facing serious environment pollution issues due to vehicles which are releasing unwanted green house gases into the environment. Now we are trying for more environment friendly automobile technology which will have less impact on environment when compared with the present technology.
Reduction in Social Skills
Excess technology can dull the mind. Reason being, even though information is available at a click, most people prefer graphic sources. That is, they read less, and they watch videos and look at pictures more.
As a result, with reduced reading skills, our linguistic capacities diminish. Expressing ourselves becomes more difficult, and our emotional reactions dull.
Plus, technology can lead to reduced contact with others (and eventually) social isolation. This isn’t good for social adaptation, especially in an ever-more communicative world.
With technology comes reduced levels of privacy. What this means is, hackers can easily access your personal information. They can (if not secured) access your emails, find your address, and even grab your electronic financial information.
Plus, infiltrating and grabbing information on social media is now easier. Not to mention, stalking can turn into an issue too, especially with an online social presence!
Physical health can stagnate from the use of technology. For example, finger tendonitis can occur, and as a result of straining thumb joints with excess typing.
Computers aside, technology affects the environment. It affects the external environment, by raising toxicity levels of the land and air. It leads to the spread of deadly chemicals, and the emission of toxic by-products during manufacturing processes.
As for consuming technology, it leads to health issues too. Our backs and eyes are affected by high-tech device use, leading to strain, migraines, headaches, and a plethora of other problems.
But that’s all on the physical health side of things. How about mental health?
Technology can develop a lack of ethics and sensitivity in individuals. Access to violent scenery (from video games and TV) can lead to unhealthy desensitization that harms others.
Technology is energy intensive, and it requires many natural resources for continuation.
With technology, we waste more non-renewable resources and at high rates of consumption. This all results from plugged in devices, recharging, toy usage, everyday utilities – and much more.
Final Verdict – Is Technology Good or Bad?
We say its benefits outweigh its uses. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore its harms.
Technology is like a coin which has both positive and negative sides. We are the deciders and we have to choose how to use it. The usage of technology for over exploitation of resources should be always avoided. If we use it for positive things, it will have positive effect of our lives and vice versa. Nobody would oppose the development of technologies in any sector but the developments should be in a positive way and they should not have any negative impact on present or future generations.
Technology should be appreciated, but we need to use it cautiously. That way, we ensure sustainability that doesn’t threaten our health, or that of future generations!