Technology does play a part in developing great countries, cultures and civilizations. It can make our day to day tasks easier, keep us informed on what’s happening in the world around us and help to bring us entertainment on the go.
Technology has opened up a whole host of great opportunities and has helped to advance humanity towards a new age of connectivity.
However, while some may sing the praises of technology, others may contend that it can bring about more harm than good.
Here are some of the potential benefits and drawbacks that humanity faces in this brave new world aided by all that technology has to offer.
When it comes to child development, technology may exist in a gray area. In some cases, a child may experience slower development due to the extensive use of technology, such as overindulging in the use of devices like tablets or smartphones). On the other hand, technology may be beneficial in developing a child’s focus and thinking process. If for instance, a child is given an educational game on a device, it may develop the child’s cognitive skills.
Over extensive use
Overindulging in anything is generally not beneficial and today, quite a number of teens spend an excessive amount of time-consuming media, doing things like watching videos, surfing the web, playing video games and interacting on social networks. They may be seen as disengaging themselves from reality, spending less quality time with people in the real world and becoming more attached to their technology which may be unhealthy.
From innovative breakthroughs to invention ideas and e-commerce, so many people have benefited from technology but there are also those that have benefited in not so ethical ways. Take, for instance, criminals, like drug dealers. If you remember the ‘Silk Road’ case, you may recall that one of the early uses of Bitcoin was to facilitate anonymous transactions on the ‘dark web’.For all the good that has been achieved through the use of technology, it has also assisted the dealing of illegal drugs to a wider range of people and has also helped make these activities difficult to detect.
Using the internet to expand minds and pursue knowledge has benefited many people across the globe. Today, lifelong learning can be said to be more important than ever before and we all have to continually be students in order to remain competitive. Through e-learning, people can access modules at any time and from anywhere while learning at their own pace, as opposed to a traditional classroom setting where students are bound to a specific location and have to follow the pace of the lecturer and the classroom. Through technology, the learning experience has also become customizable and more able to suit the needs/requirements of different types of learners.