Technology has changed modern society drastically, both positively and negatively. Technology has influenced every aspect of our life, making it simpler but not necessarily better. Albert Einstein was concerned about the advancement of technology. "I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction."1 Undoubtedly, what has changed the most are communication, the spread of information, and how business is practiced. Consequently, practically everyone knows how to use a computer, connect to the Internet, or use a smartphone. This is demonstrated by the way the Internet is used daily by millions of people to communicate, to sell, advertise, retrieve, and share information. Thanks to the Internet, information from anywhere in the world is at our fingertips. As a result, the advancement of technology has changed our life in many ways including; sharing of information, communication, business, education, social interaction, simplifying everyday tasks, replacing basic skills and jobs.
The Internet has made access to information easier. Information is stored efficiently and organized on the Internet. For example, instead of going to our local library, we can use Internet search engines. Simply by doing a search, we get thousands of results. The search engines use a ranking system to help us retrieve the most pertinent results in top order. Just a simple click and we have our information. Therefore, we can learn about anything, immediately. In a matter of moments, we can become an expert.
Society has seen many benefits and opportunities from technology. Examples of the list of the benefits and opportunities include: keeping in touch with our friends and family, making new friends, learning from a distance, and much more. Is all this technology impacting our lives negatively or positively? Doug Rushkoff, on the Digital Nation video, said "Distraction: Combating distraction isn't as easy as turning off your email program. If you turn off you email program, it's not your software that is going to complain. It's the people on the other side, your friends, your boss, your bills... Where is my report? Why haven't you answered your e-mail? Are you mad at me?"2 Although technology has made life easier, we have to be aware that we can become overly dependent on it.
There is not face-to face communication with using technology to communicate. This causes it to difficult to know how someone is feeling. Also, it’s hard to tell if someone is joking or serious. Without the visual cues, texts can sound rude and demanding. As a result, many of us would be completely lost if we did not communicate using technology. Also without technology there would probably be minimal communication. The upcoming generation is using technology as its major way of communicating. Many pre-teens are using iPhones, iPads and laptops. This trend will reach younger and younger children.
It's difficult to keep track of all the ways Internet technology has changed...