Essay on Impact of Technology on Society

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Technology is continuously developing and has begun creating shortcuts for the American society. As a society we need to find a balance between our technological use and our everyday life. In my opinion, society has become too dependent on technology. The more advanced technology becomes, the more it seems to be gaining control over our lives. Even though technology is offering society many beneficial qualities; it also is causing many negative effects to occur. Technology is affecting society socially, mentally, and physically.
One point addressed throughout each article was how technology has affected society socially. Technology has contributed to society’s lack of social skills, social interaction, and has allowed many of us to …show more content…

They no longer have to think for themselves, find solutions to problems, or even learn basic skills. Technology has become their solution to all of their problems. Technology has provided society with many tools to help make life easier. Writer and futurist, Bruce Sterling, references this point when he addresses the Leatherman Tool and the Apple iPhone. Sterling addresses how the Apple iPhone has become a tool that has many different beneficial functions. Sterling says, “Like all digital technologies, the iPhone has yet to achieve [the physical qualities of the Leatherman but,] it makes up for this with its cannibal appetite for other tools.” He also stated, “iPhones devour other tools, which digests them into virtualized application services: phone, camera, e-mail, Web browser, text-messaging, music and video players, whole planet-girdling sets of urban Google maps, house keys, pedometer, TV remote, seismometer, Breathalyzer, alarm clock, video games, radio, bar-code scanner … the target list grows by the day” (Sterling). These tools are the main reasons our society has lost the need and desire for critical thinkers. These tools have also had many other profound effects on our society. These different technological tools have also contributed to the forming of an illiterate society. Hal Crowther, well-known essayist, writes:
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