There is no doubt that we are more connected with technology than we ever have been before. Technology has advanced at a rapid pace, and it has completely reshaped the way that society has grown and the way that people behave.
Technology is what allows us to have more frequent and efficient access to different tools and systems. The telephone is a great example.
It was originally used to connect one household to the next, now, a telephone is used to connect people, watch movies, play games, send messages, and even work. The explosion of technology has led to amazing benefits for societies, but it also has had some detrimental effects.
Technology: The Good
Advancements in technology have allowed humankind to profit in several sectors. When talking about the medical field alone, technological advancements have been outstanding. Now, an individual can get a complicated operation through the use of a robotic system.
This technology has allowed for operations that are more efficient and safe. Apart from that, technology has allowed humans to become more globalized. A person is able to talk to a relative or friends from around the world by just using one application.
Apart from that, we are able to use applications to meet new friends, find love, and find work. When it comes to travel, a person can quickly and easily book plane tickets, reserve a hotel and get a rental car with just the use of a small handheld device.
This was a task that a travel agent had to perform in the past, and now with just a few taps, a person can plan an elegant vacation. When it comes to education, the Internet is a never-ending source of educational materials and learning tools. There is basically nothing that you cannot learn to do on the Internet.
Technology: The Bad
When it comes to HCI or Human-Computer Interaction, it has caused several negative effects on society. Some of the effects that come from the overuse of technology may possibly affect the cognitive development of children.
There is a new generation of children who are being raised with technology. Instead of running and playing with friends, many kids stay inside of their house and play video games or watch cartoons on a device.
Apart from that, human relationships have changed drastically. There is a phenomenon called Virtual Distance which basically means that people can be right next to each other, but since they are all on their devices, there is a distance between them.
All of the effects that come from the heightened use of technology over the last decade can not be understood until more time has passed.
Technology and You
The truth is that there are good and bad aspects of technology when it comes to its use in humans. Regardless of what you may believe about technology, it is here to stay.
You, like everyone else, have the responsibility to use technology wisely, and take advantage of its positive aspects, and do your utmost to avoid its negative aspects.