Throughout history, technology has sped up the pace of life, changing it irrevocably. During every period of rapid expansion, there have been those who have not embraced this. Instead of embracing technology, these people have formed groups that have opposed this technology in their life. The Amish are a popular example of a group of people that have thrown out technology. In addition, their reasons for throwing away technology resonate even now. Here is a review of the advantages and disadvantages of technology and why people embrace or shy away from the future.
The Advantages of Technology
1. Ease of Communication
As our most recent technological leap has shown through the Internet and social media, it has never been easier to communicate with people. While it may have taken years, or even have been impossible to reach certain people on the other end of the globe, it is now easier then ever to communicate instantaneously with people thousands of miles away. This improvement in speed and communication has lead to a revolution in how individuals share and relate their feelings, emotions, fears, and hopes.
2. Global Involvement and Awareness
Social activism has spread like never before, bringing to light a number of issues that would have remained under the radar otherwise.
3. New Industries with Expansive Information
In addition, this technology provides us the ability to create our own content, share that content, and even make a living off of it. All in all, advantages in technology have made our lives more expansive then they have ever been at any time in history.
The Disadvantages of Technology
1. Lower Quality of Communication
It cannot be argued that technology has changed how we communicate. While this has led to a number of positive changes, it has also created a number of problems that are only now beginning to be understood. For example, while technology increases our ability to communicate with one another, it decreases the quality of that communication. Where as a hand written letter would convey all sorts of information, a tweet or quick e-mail can be a challenging median to convey something complex.
2. Increasing Distance
Studies conducted on social media websites have shown that people feel less connected with other people then ever before despite having so many friends and the ability to instantly communicate. As a result, it is argued that there is a substance to personal interactions that cannot be re-created through technology. Technology then is leading us further away from the authentic communication we require in our lives.