Essay on Technology and the Negative Effects on Society

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Introduction Since the industrial revolution, society has become more and more dependent on technology. So much so that we sometimes lack the willingness to think before we act. We become impatient if it takes more than a few seconds to download a copy of the morning news paper. We expect immediate responses to our email, and we expect someone to answer their cell phone whenever and wherever we call. “Industrialization resulted in rapid and sustained economic growth and a massive increase in consumer goods. But at the same time, for many people it meant a thoroughly unpleasant work environment.”1 People in today’s society are always looking for ways to improve their lifestyles and in some way help deal with their physical…show more content…
The main concern for man was survival. Survival meant you had to go out into the woods or forests and shoot animals for the food which the family needed in order to eat. People in industrialized societies never think about hunting for food or clothes. Now, it is all brought to people instantly through a new standard of survival. The new standard for survival means making money to go to a mall or supermarket and getting everything a family needs. A family can get food and clothing at these places without ever having to go into a forest or a lake. This thought is ever so frightening. When a person from modern society goes into a supermarket and buys a pound of fish, he or she doesn't even think of the process that went into the arrival of that piece of fish. He or she didn't need to go to a lake, all that was needed was to drive to your local supermarket and buy it. No fishing or hunting was necessary. Society is losing its sense of common purpose. But what effect will this have? I feel we are building virtual communities while our real cities crumble, at least partly because our sense of common purpose has frayed. “As of December, 2004, more than half of U.S. homes were wired with the high-speed pipeline to the Net. Online audiences are surging (5 million-strong for AOL's Live 8 concert coverage)."2 It seems as though we have found a way to escape the unpleasant complications of the world outside our locked doors by opting
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