Technology's Effect on Families and Society in General Essay

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Technology's Effect on Families and Society in General

Today, everything has to be done faster and better; communication, transportation, shopping, work, education, and even socializing are speeded up. In short, the whole way of living is accelerating. The growth of technology seems like a big help. But does it really benefit our every day life? And how does it influence today’s American family life? Ironically, technology exists to help and relieve us from time-consuming tasks, but since technology is growing so rapidly, we have to adjust to a new accelerating lifestyle.

Indeed, for the last thirty years technology has been developing swiftly. And it didn’t take very long for several technology devices to enter the American
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Dad takes his laptop with him on the family trip, which is booked over the Internet. Such families try to keep up with the high-speed development of technical devices.

However, technological and social changes are taking place so rapidly that it gets harder to adapt to them. In 1970 this phenomenon was even recognized by Alvin Toffler as a disease. According to Toffler, “future shock,” as he called this disease, occurs when people are exposed to “too much change in too short a time.” “Future shock,” Toffler wrote, “is the dizzying disorientation brought on by the premature arrival of the future … [U]nless man quickly learns to control the rate of change in his personal affairs as well as in society at large, we are doomed to a massive adaptational breakdown.”

Although we might not see the adaptations to rapid changes as a disease, nowadays, we do notice the inconveniences, like stress. Along with the fast development of technology, stress increased as well. According to a national survey in 1986 by the Louis Harris Organization, one out of three Americans live with stress nearly every day. And six out of ten Americans said they experience severe stress once or twice a week. Eight years later in 1994, two out of ten people questioned said they felt great stress almost every day, according to the Prevention Index Survey. In addition, use-of-time studies by University of Maryland sociologist John
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