Essay: Modern technology has increased material wealth, but not happiness
Modern technology has increased material wealth, but not happiness
We live in the age of technology. We commute by automobiles and airplanes and communicate by emails and mobiles. The media and the Internet provide us the latest information from all over the world. Movies filled with hi-tech special effects entertain us. Air conditioners and room heaters keep our life comfortable despite climatic inconveniences. Technology has changed almost every of our lives. Of course, technology may have concerns about the pollution and environmental problems. But overall most people feel that technology has benefited us immensely. Therefore let us go deeper to analyze that modern technology has increase material wealth, but not happiness on our society:
Firstly, modern technology makes people's life boring, after working time people often sitting by their computer to play games or reading some information on internet. That means they do not refresh their mind and by accident they turn their own into slave of modern technology. It can make life better but it can cause you disease or stressed also.
Second, modern technology has improved communication technology between cultures. With modern communication technology such as TVs, phones and computer, internet, you can see what people at the other end of the world is doing, but it can cause us some problem when speak through the phone a lot you will feel not better or headache cause by radioactive and your eye also have problem if you watch TV many hour in a day. And with a modern car, motor and airplane, we can travel to everywhere of the world. This will help us to know the other culture of the world, and you will learn to appreciate the cultural difference of people from different part of the earth. These vehicle make you easily, but actually many accident has happen every day by ridding car, motor…Example in Cambodia Traffic accident happen and 4.7 people die in accidents each day, according to a report by the Cambodian government and Handi cap International Belgium an NGO in Phnom Penh in (2009).
Third, modern technologies also make life easily by only controlled machine. Such as tractor, copy machine….It can make your work faster and easily, but sometime it can be error and your work will prohibit or damage. On the other hand, it will make you unhappy and pay with repairing it.
In conclusion, for the reasons above I think that modern technology can’t decide the happiness, it can provide people living standard but not happiness.