Computer, Technology, and Society Essay

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Just think about how pervasive computers have become in our lives. In just a few short decades they appear to be everywhere: from our desktops, to our cars, to our coffeemakers and our phones. In the nineteen years from 1984 to 2003 the percentage of US households that have a computer in the home rose from 8.2% to 61.8%. From 1997 to 2009 the number of US households with Internet access at home climbed from 18% to 68.7%. As you can see the number of US households with a computer and Internet access in the home has skyrocketed over a relatively short time. Just a few years ago Americans could not call a neighbor on the telephone without the assistance of an operator. Parents would send letters and telegrams to their children away at…show more content…
It is feared that the human mind will slowly lose its original ability to be creative due to many tasks that are now done by computers. Computers are now doing jobs previously done by hardworking individuals. What other tasks will be absorbed by computer technology in the future? Today, we enjoy a reliance on the Internet, e-shopping, e-trading and even e-therapy. E-everything is sweeping the nation. One of the many concerns is that humans will no longer need to relate with one another for information and services that the Internet can now provide. There is no doubt technology has and continues to have a profound effect on our society. The accelerating speed of the "information superhighway" should not replace human communication, thinking, or creativity. Our increasing dependence on computer technology must be well-balanced with face-to-face, human interaction and written correspondence. The human race deserves to retain its individuality separate from the technology we ourselves have created. We hold dominion over it. It does not claim dominion over us (Givens). The key phrase in the paragraph above is that our dependence on computer technology must be well-balanced. There are many arguments as to why spending an excessive amount of time on a
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