Saturday, 31 January 2015

Modern technology, are we getting codependent ?

by Ziuby


Technology is applied to the roles each individual fulfills during life. We use technology on a daily basis to accomplish specific tasks or interests.

Every one defines technology in their own way. To some people it means complicated electronic devices. To others, it means the source of the radical changes that are happening in all phases of life.
Some people fear to use technology while others see it as the source of longer and more complete lives. So even if using technology has an advantage, it has disadvantages also.

Advantages

Easy Access to information: It has become very easy to get access to relevant information at any time anywhere. This has been possible because of modern technologies like broadband internet. Information is power, and those who find information and use it well always succeed.

Encourages innovation and creativity: In the past, it used to be very difficult to start a business, one had to have lots of capital and they even had limited access to business information. Today, it is very easy to start a business while at home.

Improved communication:  Communication is like water to life.Modern technology has blessed us with advanced communication technology tools. These can include e-fax machines, electronic mail, mobile phones, video conferencing, instant text messaging applications, etc.

Social Networking:   Modern technology has made it simple to discover our old friends and also discover new people to network with. This is a benefit to both individuals and businesses. Many businesses have embraced the social networking technology to interact with their customers.


Disadvantages

Increased loneliness: Technology has replaced our old way of interacting. If a user can easily interact with 100 friends online, they will feel no need to going out to make real friends which at a later stage leads to loneliness.

Job Loss: Modern technology has replaced many humans; robots are doing of the jobs which used to be done by humans. Many packing firms have employed robots on production lines to increase on production and efficiency

Competency - Increased dependency on modern tools like calculators has reduced on our creativity. You can find a student when they can solve a very simple mathematical equation without using a calculator. This affects the way this student uses their brains and reduces on the level of creativity.

During the passion of finding new ways to implement technology and explore new avenues somewhere we must also keep in mind whether the intended action has its desired cause. In light of discovery one can easily get focused on what he has to do rather that thinking also that should it be done. Technology should always be responsibly used . We cannot forget that technological inventions are meant to ease our day to day activities and not control them.