Technology generally makes living life less physically demanding. You are never without the safety net of technology; it prevents you from getting lost, makes sure you're on time and allows you to communicate and connect with people all over the world. It has also made patience and focus a thing of the past. Technology can be beneficial to society, but it comes at a human cost as we struggle to adjust and keep up with the changes.
Dependence is a huge technological disadvantage. Most humans are constantly connected by land lines, cellphones, email and social networking sites. Constantly accessible to everyone we know, disconnecting makes us nervous. People depend on technology for news, communication, entertainment or simply on the job. Offices come to a halt when the Internet is down.
Ironically, while more connected than ever, we are increasingly more isolated from human interaction. You connect through chat rooms, texts, forums and websites, but less so face to face. You spend more time sitting alone in front of a computer than out in the community. Letter writing and even phone conversations are diminishing. Society is becoming more individualized and we are losing our ability and desire to be around other people. Online dangers that accompany isolation sometimes include lying and misrepresenting ourselves on dating websites, as well as predators seeking out lonely children in chat rooms.
Etiquette has not caught up with the advances in technology. We are told to turn off phones in movie theaters, yet at least one person usually has a brightly lit screen or ringing phone. Some hide behind the anonymity of the Internet to spread rumors and write hate-filled comments on websites. Cyber bullying is common, but the laws that cover bullying are newly developed and difficult to enforce. Identity thieves use technology to hack into accounts, and impersonators access social networking profiles. Privacy issues and the sharing of information have not been fully addressed yet with new laws.
Job loss happens when technology makes human jobs obsolete. Technology has advanced to the point that a computer can do some jobs faster and more accurately than we can. Many, who are being replaced, are line workers and assemblers without the computer skills to get another job. This is how people without technological training are kept out of the work force. Without technological training, you are kept out of the workforce. Computer illiteracy means immediate disqualification from a huge percentage of jobs. Employers search for candidates who have mastered online communication and popular computer programs, and who have knowledge of how to blog and create websites.
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