What is the Impact of Technology on Our Society?

How has technology affected society? How has it influenced life? Read on to know the impact of technology on society.
When we speak of the impact of technology on society, we always talk about the positive effects of technology and about how technology has made life easy. We talk about the Internet as an information resource and a communication platform and conveniently ignore the fact that an overexposure to it leads to Internet addiction. We often discuss how technology has made life easy but easily forget that it has made us overly dependent on it. Have you thought of the impact of technology from this point of view? I am sure, most of you haven't. Let us look at this aspect of technology here.

Impact of Technology on Our Society
Think of the days when there were no computers and no modern means of transport. Human life was highly restricted due to the unavailability of technological applications. Daily life involved a lot of physical activity. Life of the common man was not as luxurious as that of modern times, but he was more active. Exercise was integrated into routine physical activities. It was contrary to the sedentary lifestyle of today, which leaves no time for exercise and fills days with inactivity and laze. Today we don't want to, and thanks to the advancement of technology, don't even need to walk, move around, or exert ourselves physically to great extents in order to get things done. We have the world at our fingertips.

We think of technology as a boon to society. I am afraid; it's not completely a boon. The Internet has bred many unethical practices, like hacking, spamming and phishing. Internet crime is on the rise. The Internet, being an open platform lacks regulation. There is no regulation on the content displayed on websites. Internet gambling has become an addiction for many. Overexposure to the Internet has taken its toll. In this virtual world, you can be who you are not, you can be virtually living even after you die. Isn't this weird? Children are spending all their time playing online and less or almost no time playing on the ground. Youngsters are spending most of their time social networking, missing on the joys of real social life.

Think of the days when there were no online messengers, no emails, and no cell phones. Indeed cellular technology made it possible for us to communicate over wireless media. Web communication facilities have worked wonders in speeding long-distance communication. On the other hand, they have deprived mankind of the warmth of personal contact. Emails replaced handwritten letters and communication lost its personal touch. With the means of communication so easily accessible, that magic in waiting to reach someone and the excitement that followed have vanished.

Moreover, we have become excessively dependent on technology. Is so much of dependency good? Is it right to rely on machines to such an extent? Is it right to depend on computers rather than relying on human intellect? Computer technology and robotics are trying to substitute for human intellect. With the fast advancing technology, we have started harnessing artificial intelligence in many fields. Where is the digital divide going to take us? How is our 'tomorrow' going to be? 'Machines replacing human beings' does not portray a rosy picture, does it? It can lead to serious issues like unemployment and crime. An excessive use of machines in every field can result in an under-utilization of human brains. Over time, we may even lose our intellectual abilities. You know of the declining mathematical abilities in children due to use of calculators since school, don't you?

The impact of technology on society is deep. It is both positive and negative. Technology has largely influenced every aspect of living. It has made life easy, but so easy that it may lose its charm one day. One can cherish an accomplishment only if it comes after effort. But everything has become so easily available due to technology that it has lost its value. There is a certain kind of enjoyment in achieving things after striving for them. But with everything a few clicks away, there is no striving, there's only striking. With the developments in technology, we may be able to enjoy all the pricey luxuries in life but at the cost of losing its priceless joys.
Last Updated: January 3, 2012
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I like how this essay is sure to look at both sides of the issue; instead of focusing on only the faults, it also brings to light a variety of 'benefits' due to technological dependency. - Kathrine Jane [September 9, 2013]
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Is this related to physics coz we have a report that deals with this topic and we are about to delivered it in our physics class .. : ) - BonPau17 [February 27, 2013]
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Tecnology has just made the whole world a village though it has it's disadvantages. - Stanley Muthini [October 19, 2012]
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Its only about the internet. What about cars, television and others? - Edwina-ivy Addo [June 11, 2012]
whatever is said, that is very right...we cant and rather we should not neglect the negative aspect of IT... but here, i think, in some way or the other, the negative side is more highlighted. but overall, i agree with all this... thank you for showing another side of the picture... - SID AWAN [May 27, 2012]
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Technology wasted the life of the youth, it makes them sick and unwilling to get up and seek the better future for them..but thanks for the essay it was good. - Giant ladies [March 21, 2012]
This essay is very interesting and it helps me so much of doing my research. All the ideas are very crucial. Technologies are very useful but people used it wrongly so that why we think tehnology changed our generations life. - Maree [March 21, 2012]
Technology change the life of the generation. It change the view of the future world. Less Positive but more Negative. - Jovaniah [March 19, 2012]
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My brother has an Internet addiction and it's very sad. - Mackenzie T. [February 13, 2012]
Thank you Manali you have been a great help to my research . Just one comment next time be sure to make your paper balanced. By that I mean you should highlight both the positive and the negative ok . - Yours truly [February 4, 2012]
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excessively dependant on technology - BENJAMIN .O [October 31, 2011]
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Technology can help us live better. But sometimes we rely that too much. Technology make us live easy. But technology make us into a lazy bone! When we are sitting on the coach and shopping on the internet. The gift of that is also disease and lie. We ignore the more fat in the body, but also suffer from fraud.Why? When the technology finally replace our intelligence. We finally know? Now we really should take off the burden. And save ourselves. - Jerry Jia 81 [September 16, 2011]
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I think the world can and will to better without computers - fatma 81 [September 14, 2011]
Technology can help us live better. But sometimes we rely that too much. Technology make us live easy. But technology make us into a lazy bone! When we are sitting on the coach and shopping on the internet. The gift of that is also disease and lie. We ignore the more fat in the body, but also suffer from fraud.Why? When the technology finally replace our intelligence. We finally know? Now we really should take off the burden. And save ourselves. - Jerry Jia [September 9, 2011]
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Hello, I wouldn't say that it has made some of us lazy. It gives us info that we may not be able to get even at the library. I come here all the time for answers. Now on the other hand I agree with you because I am so tired of these people asking me do I want to get with them tonight. At first I thought it was a mistakem email I was like do they know that I am a woman? But they keep coming so it is not a mistake. These search engines claim that they will delete a account if such things are happening but... how do you reach them to let them know that this is going on? It is Very Offensive! - Anne H. [April 29, 2011]
technology is becoming money money is becoming the world - jimmy [April 25, 2011]
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what is the relation between crime and technology? - jaune [April 6, 2011]
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hurtin - hurtin [February 21, 2011]
You can find negative in anything when you're searching for it. I'm sure if you lived in the days with no transportation and wasted countless hours walking(when you could of been spending valuable time with your family) you would of had thought that rigorous exercise stunk too. cheer up-you have it pretty good (look at some other countries) - christine [February 6, 2011]
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Really a great writting...but wanted 2 say that sir u could have sent it by post...y u used computer s ur medium...dat show u also rely on technology - Marsang dolma [November 29, 2010]
Technology has made our home and work life easier and more intensse. What big changes now a days are seeing depends on technology. If we look to present tiime thus it will be seen clearly that technology is the root of Advancement and promotion. In addition, it is reguired that we should make ourselves more familiar with technology and be benefited from technology. - Mohammad Taiyab [November 25, 2010]
we should use technology in right way - ganya [November 15, 2010]
impact of technology in rangelands? - omar [November 10, 2010]
what is the effects of technological man in rangelands? - omar [November 10, 2010]
Less use will help, and it's not going to affect negatively.
I love the olden ages. Hamid you should look forward by your self.
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my concerns have just been qualified by your article people have totally forgotten the basic requirement to be happy ,which is the discipline to make things happen through hard work and tenacity - charlie stevens [October 13, 2010]
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Right on the money. This was a very well rounded article with a good perspective. - Ryan [August 31, 2010]
goin into my sba thnx alot - corey [August 13, 2010]
that was fantastic indeed its true bet we are too blind to see it - zama [July 28, 2010]
Now i realize that we should not just depend on our technology because we are now learning to be lazy. - leenie kris [July 20, 2010]
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i don't know - elvis [May 6, 2010]
i think that technology has did what it was suppose to do as humans problems occure but with progression comes problems - marcus brumfiel [April 19, 2010]
This article was very interesting and I learn a great amount of it. Thanks you Manali Oak for writing this article. - Abby Johnson [April 18, 2010]
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wow what a great article just give examples of some technology like tv's and computers... thanks TOODLES! - ALEXANDRA [March 9, 2010]
i think technology is a good way to find resourses that people need. - valeria butanda [February 24, 2010]
there is alot of advanced technology in our society today which is very beneficial but at the same time its corrupting our minds.good comments though. - frewanji [February 5, 2010]
Technology is ver good to use but most people use it for reasons not mentionable and it's a bad thing to do. They are abusing there use upon technology. - Candy [November 30, 2009]
i think technology has only made our society worse. its killing off everyone - tasha [November 30, 2009]
I love your argument - Benard [November 17, 2009]
it ha s been alot technology, but people use it for wrong reasons - 11840 [November 3, 2009]
Au Contraire, I think that technology has given us time to think, and forced us to use our brains, back in the day when all a person's job required was hard labour, their brains just switched off, "the mind is an amazing thing, it starts working the moment you wake up in the morning, and stops the minute you get to work." Nowadays, people actually need to use their brains to get jobs, and to work. I rest my case. - Juju [October 12, 2009]
this information teach us lot as it gave a idea about the world and their thoughts ...
where the world stands and much we have to achieve...
- shveta [September 25, 2009]
One can cherish an accomplishment only if it is a result of pain and effort, but everything has become so easily available due the advancing technology that it has lost its value. There is a certain kind of enjoyment in achieving things after striving for them. With the developments in technology, we may be able to enjoy all the pricey luxuries but miss out on the little priceless joys of life.
Technology is not just advancing gradually, it is accelerating. As a result, the impact may come long before we expect it and long before we are ready. And yet, this issue is simply not on the radar.
- H A. [August 31, 2009]
This was a good article and I think that everyon should read it - Andrew M [August 20, 2009]
that's good - lena [August 15, 2009]
I think the article is true,science has made human completely passive. Due to science and technology, people are loosing ethical values. - Serene Amatya [July 21, 2009]
I think the world can and will to better without computers. - MBP [March 6, 2009]