Technology and Social Change in Healthcare

1606 WordsDec 8, 20157 Pages
Technology and Social Change in Healthcare Today there are many technologies that have provided change in our social environments. For example, we have access to laptop/computers, the Internet, cell phones, and android pads. This is beneficial because we can use the Internet to obtain information almost instantly to assist in research and education as well as staying in communication with friends and family. I believe that every household should have access to these technologies but due to socioeconomic conditions that is not possible. I feel that the technology today has evolved from landline telephones and going to the library to being able to make calls anytime from anywhere and find information at the touch of our fingertips. The…show more content…
The digital divide is defined by the interaction between people and computers. Assumptions are made on a daily basis that everyone has equal access to computers, the Internet and the most upgraded technology and software. This assumption is not true; the digital divide speaks to the fact that not everyone has the same access. The sociological perspective known as conflict best represents the digital divide. Conflict is molded by the competition that society generates through individuals and groups in an effort to determine how power will be distributed. Clearly, if all people do not have the same access to technology due to social status there will be conflict in defining what is fair regarding education, employment and even social status. Cultural lag is described where changes or advancements in technology in our society happen quicker than our culture can maintain, therefore, producing new and different social norms. The sociological perspective symbolic best represents cultural lag. Symbolic is the sociological perspective that helps give meaning and structure to our life experiences. We tend to put importance on the symbols and languages in our lives. We will change the way we act based on our social interactions. What others think

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