How technology has made our lives easier
Technology has made immense advancements over the years. It has helped us in many ways. In our daily lives there is not a single thing that does not involve the use of technology. It is just impossible to avoid the impact of technology, whether it is positive or negative. Technology has proven that we cannot ignore the ease it brings to our lives. Without technology our lives would be really difficult. We have become so accustomed to using technological advancements that at times we don't even realize how dependent we are.
The advancements in technology have helped us in every field of life especially science. It has also helped students in a lot of ways. The internet has tons of information about everything. Service projects are available on the internet to help students in their coursework. Online learning programs and online libraries are the main sources that catch a student's attention. Almost all the universities around the world are running online degree programmes for their off-campus students. Students, teachers and researchers have access to all sorts of data to analyse, interpret and utilize it.
Medical science has found cure for almost all those diseases that were incurable a few decades ago. Numerous lives have been saved since the discovery of antibiotics and other medicines. The miracles medical science has achieved range from vaccines to stem cell production. The list is ongoing and we cannot be thankful enough to the medical science for immense ease it has brought in our lives by saving us from countless maladies spread around us.
Technology provides us with plenty of ways to occupy our time. Kids and teens especially are into the trend of playing games on computers, laptops or even smart phones. Radio was the first invention that aired various programmes for listeners ranging from music, news, plays etc. This led on to invention of TV which still remains as one of the popular ways of spending your time. It not only entertains us but also provides us with the latest news. The variety of programmes on different TV channels is more than enough to keep people occupied.
In the past people used to have cassette tapes or CDs in order to listen to music. Today's portable music players have made it easier for people to listen to music. The sources of entertainment through electronic and print media are endless. Print media has become more advanced and printing of books and other informational material has become easier, faster and cheaper.
In our daily lives people hardly find time to talk with their loved ones in person. Technology has solved this issue by connecting people with their relatives and loved ones across the globe. We can share our daily activities with our friends by using social media. Texting, e-mailing and calling have revolutionized the way we communicate. There are countless apps that are used by innumerable people to stay in touch with their friends and family.
The access to information and knowledge has become easier and faster with numerous scientific inventions. The whole world seems to have shrunken and more open with all these developments. Although there are two sides of this coin like always, but there is no denial to the fact that the world has changed in almost all aspects because of technology.
"The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do." - B. F. Skinner, an American psychologist, author, inventor and social philosopher. The way technology has impacted our lives is evident in every walk of life. Human mind has achieved everything by the power of imagination. Man has ushered in an age dominated by revolutionary technological developments.
Albert Einstein once quoted, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." From the day of landing on moon to a trip to Mars, from the introduction of Microsoft Windows to the inception of 3G and 4G technologies, from tape-recorders to Apple iPods, from landline phones to latest smart phones, from the origin of World Wide Web to Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 technologies, from Internet Search Engines to addictive social networking websites, from blogging to internet shopping, computer technological developments have impacted our lives in a way that it is almost impossible to imagine this world, without their presence!
Depending on the way of usage, is technology beneficial or harmful to society? We need to analyze it keeping in view how has technological developments shaped our lives over the decades. It is the question where you need to look at both aspects of development in technology. While it has made our lives amazingly simpler and easier with anything at just a mouse click away, it has created several negative health impacts, psychological problems and stress in daily life.
Obviously, technological advancement during 1970 has led to the betterment for people in this century; it has also created innumerable problems mostly arising out of the misuse of technology. There are three main sectors that are largely affected by this technology. Education, Business and Communication. Internet technology has changed our lives in many ways.
The global world trade and business have become faster, easier and more reliable in the last 50 years. People now prefer to buy railway/bus tickets, book flights sitting in the comfort of their homes. The bill payments and accounts are maintained and managed by online facilities. All the banks and financial institutions have introduced online system. ATM machine is a wonderful addition. Online advertising is proving to be the greatest growing business thanks to the invention of computers, that we get countless facilities which yesteryear people never even imagined to get!
Computers are phenomenal in this era. Previously they were an item of luxury, but nowadays it is a necessity in every discipline, for everyone. Computers of different models and vast number of varieties are available to meet the requirements of businessmen, young professionals, students, educators, homes and corporate world. Cheap computers and refurbished laptops are very useful for people who cannot afford to buy new branded computer desktop. Refurbished computers come in excellent condition and smooth functioning as the parts are replaced thus giving more extra space in your hard disk.
Education is computer-dominated in this era. Computer internet education has become an integral part of college education across the globe. Information and Technology are integrated in society. According to B. F. Skinner, "It is the human mind that has developed these technologies, so it depends on us, how we use it, to our peril or to our advantage."
The Author Kathy Fernandes is a free-lance writer, writing articles in local newspapers and magazines.
I grew up in the 1960's and 70's when there were no computers, PDA's or cell phones. There were no microwaves, no DVD's, no MP3 players and there were only about 7 good stations on television. We didn't stay home and play video games all day because there were no video games to speak of back then. Instead we played outside, talked to our friends on the phone and listened to music.
I was telling this to my two sons the other day and they sat there stunned as they found this concept hard to wrap their brain around. I suspect that I did the same as a child when my own parents told me about their childhood and what the world was like.
Today we are told that technology is here to make our lives easier. The microwave helps us cook food faster. The internet helps us get information faster and allows us to stay connected with friends, family and business associates. We have more television stations to give us more choices, we have cell phones so that we can stay in touch with each other and we have laptop computers so that we can access the internet anywhere in the world.
Ok... let's look at that last paragraph again.
From where I'm sitting, it looks like all our sophisticated modern technology has done the opposite... it has made our lives crazier! It has given us less time instead of more.
If you are in your twenties and thirties, think about your parent's childhood and what life was like back then. If you are in your forties or older (like me... sigh) then think about your own childhood. What happened to everybody when office hours came to an end? What happened when people left work and went home?