How technology has changed our lives
The way technology has impacted our lives is evident in every walk of life. The human mind has achieved everything by the power of imagination. It is by the virtue of imagination that man has ushered in an age dominated by revolutionary technological developments. From the day of landing on the moon to that of 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 rarely available landline telephones to abundantly available breed of smartphones, QWERTY phones, and iPhones; from the origin of world wide web to web 2.0 and web 3.0 technologies; from revolutionary Internet search engines to addictive social networking websites; from blogging forums to Internet shopping; technological developments have impacted our lives in such a way, that it is next to impossible to imagine this world without their presence. While these developments have made life amazingly easier, simpler, and anything is just a mouse’s click away, it has brought several negative health impacts, psychological problems, and stress in daily life.
Internet technology has changed our lives in numerous ways, and it is difficult to keep a count on them. Global trade and business have become faster, easier, and more reliable in the last fifty years. It is easier to book flights, railway tickets, and bus tickets from the comforts of our home. Banks and financial institutions also have introduced online systems, and these have made our lives easier. Bill payment and account-related work are easily managed online. Now, one doesn’t need to go to a bank, wait in a line for a long time, and then deposit money. The ATM technology has made it possible to withdraw money during any time of the day.
Businesses have become faster and more challenging, thereby increasing competition in every field. The impact of technology on business has been phenomenal, and in this era, information and knowledge have become commodities.
The impact of technology on education is a classic example of the way our lives have changed. Our forefathers never got the opportunity to study in interactive classrooms with 3D images and projectors, and they did not have an access to the Internet and various other technological facilities.
If you go through the list of latest developments in technology, you will find that most of them have revolutionized the way we communicate. Social networking websites are the order of day. Websites like Facebook and Twitter have given birth to the concept of social media marketing. Business networking to personal online dating, communication was never so fast and easy in any century, as it is now. Meeting new people online has given way to the billion dollar industry of dating.
In the last couple of decades, communication has become amazingly faster, thanks to the Internet. It brought email and chatting facilities. Instead of sending letters to their respective destinations, it is easier to send a mail to your loved ones, or talk to them through video calls.
Obviously, development of technology in the 1970s has led to a far better, comfortable, and easier life for people in this century. However, on the flip side, it has equally created innumerable problems. Mostly, these problems have stemmed from the misuse of technology. As BF Skinner stresses, it is the human mind that has developed these technologies. Hence, it depends on us, how we use them: for our peril, or to our advantage. There are three broad areas in our society, that have been impacted by technological changes.