Did Technology Make Life Better
This is one of the widely debated topics I ever came across, and the debate will always be open for deliberation till the termination of the human race.
Technology might have improved human society but making us any better is still a delicate issue. Here, I will discuss avenues where I believe technology made us more harm than good.
With modern technological advancement, our social life is in great danger and mess. With the ascension of social media, we have witnessed several cases of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying affects kids and teenagers very severely and even adults are not left out.
Online threats, abuse and defamation are the order of our moment. People now believe that whatever they say is okay to the person reading it not minding the emotion implications those written words have on the recipient. To make it worse, these cyberbullying is happening with little or no control and it is having great consequences on our kids. The effect of these online attack, abuse or bully ranges from suicide, to emotional stress and depression.
Another social implication of technology is in regards to our private relationships. Social media have broke up so many families, and relationships than it have fixed up. People no longer have privacy to the private life and conversations.
Some marriages have broke up because of negative advice they get from the social media. Many of our youths now posses negative feelings towards societal values due to what they see and read online, ranging from feminist views to atheist views.
Also, the widespread of pornographic and indecent materials is so alarming. Underage kids now have access to porn movies and such indecent exposures. There have been many reported cases of child pornography and sexting. Once a child is online, there’s little or no control over what he or she reads, watches and hears. Even when there is a control to what the kids reads and watches, we never know the kind of people they meet online.
Furthermore, so many assassinations and murders have been assisted by technologically driven social media. Assassins and serial killers are all over the Internet either prying or tracking a target. Technology through social media have made us friends with faceless enemies.
Aside from the social media, assassins and serial killers now have sophisticated weapons to perpetuate their unholy acts with, no thanks to technological advancement.
Technology is negatively affecting our economic lives in so many ways, though a little can be said of its positive effects.
Nowadays, many a people have lost so many fortunes of cash through the activities of scammers and fraudsters. These fraudsters engage their unsuspecting victims politely and diligently, only to wreck massive financial havoc on them. Cyber theft is the other of the day.
Investors and institutions are losing huge some cash and important data’s to hackers and fraudsters. Black Hats(fraudulent hackers) are everywhere on the Internet, causing economic damage to our society.
Similarly important documents have been lost as a result of one technological blunder or the other. Documents and files are damaged and lost due to virus and worms that affects the computer or the drive housing such documents.
Technology brought humanity with high level of energy consumption. Although individual products are becoming more energy-efficient, the improved overall use is causing a higher use of energy. People don’t turn their devices off; they keep computers on or plugged in, cellular devices charging and televisions plugged in, electric bulbs always active. Also manufacturing most of these high tech toys causes an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.
There are cases of malware all over the Internet, many of us are guilty of getting these malicious programs into our computers without knowing, through downloading of files from insecure websites. Most of these malware are hidden inside files that we download without our knowledge. Downloading and activating this malicious software, we put our privacy and important documents at risk.
Technology have depleted our resources. The more demand for new technologies and advancement of current technologies, the more pressure we put on earth’s natural resources.
Consider the total number of mobile phones and computers being manufactured today, our population is increasing every day and all these billion consumers demand either a mobile phone or a computer in their homes or offices. This is good news to the manufactures, like Apple or Samsung, the demand for their gadgets is high, but to sustain this demand, they have to exploit Mother Nature for resources like aluminum, once these resources are extracted from the earth plates, they will never return back because it took them a billion years to mature. That means that at one time, we shall be left with no natural resource which can be a problem to the future generation and economy.
Advancement in technology have short-changed our society in the area of health. Many diseases (such as cancer) can be attributed to our usage of certain technological tool(s).
Our over-reliance on technological tools have made us so dependent on them that we find it difficult or near impossible to exercise our body. Instead of going for exercise and fitness training, we rather spent the time in front of the computer screens and with our iPhones. Making us prone to obesity which is a no friendly implication.
Technology has made us more prone and vulnerable to many health hazards such as fire outbreak through electricity, road accidents through car crashes, sicknesses and diseases through food and chemical poisonings, deaths and life-threatening injuries through the proliferation of firearms.
There is a health risk of Tendonitis within the thumb, a.k.a. Phone Thumb is a form of repetitive strain injury caused by the continuous usage of thumbs to press buttons on cellular phones. The same injury is available from playing too many games.
Also terrorist groups and organisations are causing severe damages to human society through the technologically sophisticated tools and weapon they use, ranging from Improvised Explosive Device, to Grenade, Atomic, and Hydrogen Bomb. The effect of the 9/11 attack on the US will be felt until the end of time.
There’s is also sights and auditory risks. Using headphones and earbuds may cause people to reduce their hearing after a period of time. Similarly, straining your vision looking at computer and device screens might cause people to need glasses much earlier in daily life.
Another negative effects of technology among all is towards the effect they have on sleep habits. We get involved in online activities in so much depth, that our sleeping schedule get disturbed and also the constant stream of data can make it challenging to turn off our minds and sleep nicely
Also, the ambient glow from screens can impact the release of melatonin, the sleep chemical, the intensive farming practices will deplete the soil. This makes heavy applications of commercial fertilizers necessary to yield healthy harvests, but also these fertilizers have chemicals which are dangerous to the soil and human lives.
Though technology brought us some goods, the evil we get from it makes us no better, rather it makes us less of human. We have lost our truest identity, our real self to technology and it’s taking its toll on our society with so many loss of life’s, properties, resources, energy, pollution, and more vulnerable to diseases and sickness. Technology might have made life easier and simpler, but it surely made us unsafe and insecure. And if we are insecure, surely we are not better.
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