- Politics and Social Issues
Our Society and New Technology
We live in a society where technology is everywhere we go and in everything we do. It has become a way of life for many of us. We have begun to solely rely on what technology has to offer to make our lives easier. It is recognizable in anything we do, from everyday errands to the work place. Technology has become so convenient; it has caused less physical human contact and therefore many people have become introverted. If people never wanted to leave their house again, theoretically they do not have to thanks to all the modern technology. Technology has caused people to become less secure, unemployed, and socially introverted.
We can now readily access all our records online, such as payroll, social security numbers, and financial information quickly and easily. This also allows hackers to easily access any of this information as well. They can easily find where you live as well as whom you bank with and where you work. A lot of this does not even need to be done with hacking. It can also be accomplished these days just by using an internet search engine. Our “protected” personal information is now more public than ever. Facebook has attributed to other forms of social breaching that has caused a lot of problems for younger people and children. Everyone wants a little internet fame and post more information on websites then they believe it is protected because they have a password. People who purchase things online enter their credit card numbers freely and carefree without ever thinking that their information may get stolen. Technology may have made things more convenient for regular consumers, but it also has for crooks.
Technology has made people obsolete in some instances. Modern robotic systems are more efficient than human beings. They are faster and they do not need overtime. People get tired, sick, and cranky and computers do not. These robotic systems are also the same automated systems that leave us on hold for “x” amount of minutes and in some cases hours. In today’s world, we wait just to talk to a real human being before they either close for the day. Many of these people have lost their jobs due to automated systems. The Internet is another problem threatening jobs in newspapers, the music industry, television broadcasting, and even the movie industry. People can instantly get up to date news, pictures, and video at the touch of a keyboard. Similarly music can be copied onto computer files and played without the need for records or compact discs, undermining the CD creation and publication industries. Television programs and commercial films can be copied and viewed in the same way, on home computers or home theatres are now making television channels and movie theatres unnecessary. Industries now share the same uncertainty as workers because they do not know how long they will be required. As one reporter saw it, “These human short-comings mean that every modern system is designed to minimize or exclude human intervention; so just as horses became obsolete and were phased out of the workplace, so have people” (Atkinson). These systems are taking the place of people in the workforce; leading to insufficient workers, unemployment, and a downward spiral in our economy.
Technology most of all has caused people to become less focused on face-to-face interactions. You can now establish relationships over the internet. There is no need to see each other or even speak on the phone. It is convenient enough to where you can just send text messages back and forth without ever leaving the comfort of your own surroundings. “These technology-based ways of getting to know the person you want to date — and getting rid of them — have seriously weakened the basic social skills we should be developing” (Toscono). We are relying on our computers and hand held devices so much that we are losing the essential tools of real communication between two human beings. Now days, there are websites where people can break up with their significant others by just putting in a telephone number and having an automated system do the work for them. The convenience of starting and ending a relationship has left no room to keep one. With technology at our fingertips, we can easily communicate with people thousands of miles away or right next door. We send emails because they are quick and convenient. We text for the same reason, it is to the point and with out having to have a long drawn out conversation. “Because of the domination of technology, people have allowed their socialization skills to slip. We may be effective in communicating electronically, but we are becoming complete failures in communicating socially” (Bryce). This constant relying on technological communication with people has made us lose touch with real human emotion and real human contact. We are a society that is almost non functional without it.
Technology is everywhere and we rely on it for almost everything today. It is so convenient it is now an inconvenience. Our whole lives are intertwined in these machines that anyone can have access to, easily and quickly. When we want to report a problem such as hacking, we have to go through an entire automated system to try to fix our problem. The conveniences have now become a major inconvenience. A relationship with no physical contact has grown in numbers. We can make and break up with anyone without ever knowing who these people actually are. We can send emails and text messages, but as soon as we have human contact our etiquette and manners are forgotten. With technology expanding our social skills are diminishing at a higher rate. "When the life of people is unmoral, and their relations are not based on love, but on egoism, then all technical improvements, the increase of man's power over nature, steam, electricity, the telegraph, every machine, gunpowder, and dynamite, produce the impression of dangerous toys placed in the hands of children"(Tolstoy). Technology in the end has caused us to lose our jobs, our security, and very soon our humanity.