Task2 - Technology >> Effects of Technology

"Effects of Technology"

Some people fear that technology is gradually taking over control of our lives, while others think that it has led to many positive developments in all aspects of their lives.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

The digital revolution began around the middle of last century with the creation of the first electronic computers and brought about substantial changes to the way we calculate and communicate. This in turn led to the creation of the internet, and the information revolution, which has had massive economic, technological and social consequences. These developments have had wide-ranging effects on the way that we live, work, and interact with each other.

Many of these effects have been positive. Education, for example, is in the process of undergoing a fundamental shift from the classroom to the internet. Never before has so much information been available to so many people. Other advances in fields as diverse as medicine, electronics, nuclear energy and agriculture have resulted in a world which is very different from that of a hundred years ago.

However, these advances have come at some cost. Many people feel that the internet has led to a loss of privacy. A consumer society has developed which dictates what we buy, how much and when. We are constantly bombarded with advertising and marketing to manipulate our purchasing habits. It could be argued that this has led to an erosion of individual identities which could cause serious social problems in the future.

To say that technology has led to positive developments in all aspects of our lives is perhaps going too far. However, the benefits of the technological revolution cannot be denied. It must be said that, if we look at the big picture, the positive aspects of the technological revolution outweigh the negatives. However, rampant growth of technology and the subsequent results can have potentially dangerous consequences which we should not ignore.