The twenty first has bought a range of technological advancements along with it. But will the continued evolution of technology make our lives easier, or will it simply create more maintenance jobs, more breakdowns and more ways for things to go wrong? Will we become lazy or addicted to our smart devices? Will we become more relaxed or will we lose vital social skills? Whatever your view on technologies everchanging and consistently progressing character is, there are some benefits and restrictions that cannot be ignored.
Accessibility and Our Need to Keep Up
Technology is already becoming more and more accessible on a global level. With the affordability of new tech and discount sites making smart devices, VR, AI and computing software readily available, it seems that we are finding it almost impossible to keep up. Which phone do you get? Should you have a smart or manual home? Do you need an Alexa? Technology may just be making it too tricky for the individual to stay up to date.
Making Our Lives Easier
Tech is and has become a normal part of our everyday lives in the twenty first century and there really is no denying that it has made multiple aspects of our lives easier. Need some information? Forget the library and just check your phone! Need to get somewhere but not sure of the route to take? No need to get your map out, just ask Google! Need to turn the radio on? Don’t get up, just ask Alexa! Yes, technology has made our lives a whole lot easier, but is this necessarily any better? What happens when tech breaks down, or when things go wrong? What maintenance is involved in our tech, and are there any physical, moral and mental implications that come with the onset of smart technology?
Losing Key Social Skills
One of the major cons of the onset of tech - especially with that of social media and online communication - is that it is hindering our ability to gain and grow the vital social skills that we need to survive. Realistically, in an age where you can get everything delivered to your front door and work from the comfort of your own home with just internet connection and a laptop, there really is no reason to leave the house anymore! This could become detrimental to the social skills of a younger generation. Perhaps technology, and the onset of social platforms isn’t such a good thing after all? Or maybe a different (and less face-to-face) way of life is simply different and not necessarily bad?
Technology is ever changing, progressing and evolving. Everything in this world will be used for both good and bad, and every piece of tech will have either positive or negative characteristics. It just depends how you view it all. So what do you think about the way technology is changing the world? Are you a tech pessimist or a tech optimist, and why?