Technology has advanced into many areas of our lives, making information more accessible, improving communication, changing transportation, and the list goes on.
While it is easy to sit back and benefit from a plethora of technological advancements, it is crucial we do not become blind to its effects on society. Today, society is hugely reliant on technology and showing no signs of curtailing its dependence. When thinking about technology impacting our lives, what comes to mind may be more extreme than what is currently at play. Small aspects of everyday life in society are changing, or have already changed so drastically that it is merely just a societal norm.
Technology can make our lives easier, but with each benefit comes a potential cost.
We may not have flying cars yet, meta and artificial intelligence has not taken over the world, but technology is still influencing society. Something simple to notice on the surface of technologies affects are that people no longer memorize phone numbers. Smartphones and most phones today, in general, can carry hundreds of phone numbers that are all a click away. If you lost your cell phone, and all its contacts, you’d have no idea how to get in touch with anyone.
We can still advance technologically without impacting society too immensely by understanding these costs and minimizing them. There is a balance that needs to be found between correctly using technology but knowing when to turn it off. Finding this balance is in the hands of the people though, and will ultimately influence our society for generations to come.
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