“Technology is our friend today, but will be our enemy in the future.” The immense growth in the field of technology during the past 200 years has radically increased the range and amount of human impact on the earth. Many people in today’s society don’t give much thought to the daily use of technology. We have become so dependent on technology that we have started losing our critical thinking skills. Technology is a great tool and has advanced our capabilities in many professional fields. However, the question is how much is too much? Research has shown that technology has consumed the time of an average American citizen considerably. We can argue that technology is helpful; however, the plan is to prove the impact technology on the society through research and references. In other words, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of technology.
I believe that with every advantage that technology brings to us; a disadvantage also comes along. When we say Technology, the things that come to mind are gadgets, computers, machines and robotics; however, the fact is that technology is everywhere around us. Without technology we cannot watch movies, news, cook food or listen to our favorite songs. Moreover, technology also affects our economy. It also influences the way we communicate with others all around the world. For instance, Skype, FaceTime, emailing, and text messaging are letting us communicate with our friends and family around the world effortlessly. Technology also allows countries to operate smoothly and help them in becoming economically stable.
Technology has now turned out to be an indispensable part of human lives; though its side effects that can be devastating as well. Too much use of technology at inappropriate places can bring about more harm than good. It makes people extremely dependent and lazy. Moreover, the youth is using it for the wrong purpose particularly on the internet. It has put an end to people’s ability to use soft skills, like reading a book, conducting research with the library as a resource only. Research has proved that people spend more than 11 hours on the internet daily, and the majority of them use social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter or watch online videos. The Internet has turned out to be the main cause of laziness in our younger generation. With the internet in hand, people have become extremely reliant. If we don’t know the answer to something, we just Google it and get the answer which has seized the thinking power of the people. This is one of the biggest disadvantages of technology.