In previous articles I have talked about how technology is changing the world, however as I made these articles several doubts arose in me about whether the technology is good or bad for the human being. While on the one hand it has proved very beneficial, it can also be harmful in the long run. For that reason, today I have decided to write about the advantages and disadvantages of technology. Enjoy!
In order to avoid the typical post-apocalyptic discourse in which machines take over terminator style, this article will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of technology with respect to the technological advances that have been presented in the last decades.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of technology?
Disadvantage: Job losses
When an organization uses the right technology, it usually reduces the number of hours that need to be worked. This increases the benefits to the organization as it does not have to pay workers to stay in the workplace.
However, if the technology reduces the number of hours dramatically enough, some people may lose their jobs altogether because they essentially complete the tasks the employee originally did.
Factories are an example of this, and companies that needed thousands of workers now dispense with them. One of the clear disadvantages of technology.
Technology means that people can perform tasks with a very high degree of accuracy. For example, in medicine, machines can measure the exact amount of oxygen a person is taking or making an incision within millimeters.
Many clinics and hospitals today are planning to implement automated systems controlled by physicians. And of these devices won’t be controlled by humans, but they’ll help save more lives. One of the wonders of what technology can do if used with the best purposes, a technological advantage!
It may seem ironic, but when it comes to knowing about the advantages and disadvantages of technology, I found that today we have a more sedentary population compared to previous years. And in many cases the main distractor is a technological device.
The technology can cause numerous health problems. For example, according to Practice, Medical News Today, PR Log and Poynton and scientists are concerned about the links between technology. It can cause obesity / eye strain, deafness and muscle problems.
Also, technology wastes, such as fuel used and emissions from factories machines can pollute the environment, disrupts ecosystems and make people sick.
On the other hand, among the advantages and disadvantages of technology, we can find the incorporation of new technologies to society, which undeniably has been an advance for communication.
In addition, it has favored that the way of working continues increasingly an abstract pattern. Since it only needs to handle the computer eliminating all face-to-face communication with anyone.
Disadvantage: Technology pulls us away
Along with the progressive evolution of technology society has been changing its values and behaviors and therefore its culture. And this is reflected in the field of communication.
People have been transformed by technology. And into everyday life to such an extent that they prefer to speak through some machine instead of in person.
Precisely, losing part of the face-to-face and communication misunderstandings are more common. It is we who read the information and imagine the intonation or how the other person is telling us, this often leads to error and even discussion. Therefore, communication is difficult. A clear disadvantage of technology, is driving us away from our humanity?
Advantage: Improving the educational environment
Finally, according to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit called Human and Machine, 90% of the leaders in the education sector think they are more creative. As for the students, there are many applications that make the task of learning much more fun: for example, DotToDot numbers & letters.
Undoubtedly, among the advantages of technology, this is one of my favorites. Technology helps to improve learning and simplifies it!
So … What else can you say about the advantages and disadvantages of technology?
To conclude, I realized that when it comes to the advantages and disadvantages of technology, many things will be good and some not. In any case, it depends on the human being if the technology is good or bad.
I will conclude with a phrase from Steve Jobs for reflection: “Technology is nothing; the important thing is that you have faith in people, that they are good and intelligent, and if you give those tools, they will do wonderful things with them”
Until an upcoming article, do not hesitate to write your comments below. See you soon!