Advantages and disadvantages of technology

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Technology often offers a solution to certain problems. It is a series of resources, processes or techniques that help to solve something in particular in a certain area.

Although technology offers facilities when developing certain aspects of our daily lives, it is also necessary to consider certain disadvantages in relation to it.

Although it is true that he has been very notorious for social development. Technology is a broad concept that can be associated with the revolution of new technologies, industry, electronic devices, among other sectors.

Given the revolution of the Internet and digital platforms, as well as the constant appearance of new devices, we have to talk about how technology has influenced society over the years.

The first technological revolution occurred in the Neolithic period, with a time between approximately 12,000 and 5,000 BC. At this time, humans went from nomadic to sedentary and the first revolution in the technological field occurred.

Benefits of technology

Information accessible to all. Information technology has improved a lot, thanks to the fact that the Internet allows a practically global connection and quick access to keep up to date with everything that is happening anywhere in the world. People can know the news and make decisions about it.

Access to resources accessible to all. One of the most effective things is entrepreneurship, and it all has to do with the fact that it can be done without great resources in many cases, and facilitated by global and technical connection. Thanks to the advancement of technology in this sector, you can create online stores, have access to free resources, work from anywhere in the world in a company located elsewhere, among other beneficial actions.

Technological advances make communication easier. Years ago, it was impossible to have communication as fluid as the one that developed after the boom in new technologies. It was unthinkable to be able to communicate immediately with someone who lived in another part of the world. Videos, video calls, emails and social networks instantly keep users connected wherever they are.

Transportation has also benefited from technology. New alternatives in means of transport are emerging, in addition to innovations to make all trips much safer.

Technological gadgets make household chores easier. Thanks to technological advances, and to the Internet connection, and therefore to electricity, it is possible to operate different devices to perform automatic tasks that were previously manual (dishwashers, cleaning robots, lighting system, system security, automatic doors, etc.). Technology aims to make life easier and easier for users.

Greater efficiency in work processes. In industry, the introduction of machines and accessories has allowed for greater efficiency and progress through them. Manual labor has been replaced by machines to achieve these results. This also happened in administrative jobs, for example in workshops, in the food industries. Machines have brought the ability to complete work processes earlier and generate more productivity for many companies that need to obtain a large volume of products. Automation by machines was a breakthrough.

Examples of this are video games, digital streaming platforms with a multitude of series, films and entertainment.

New job options. Telework has become an option that is growing since thanks to the connection via the Internet, and the tools for it (computers, mobile devices …) it facilitates that new jobs have appeared, and many can be done from home such as: community manager, virtual assistant, administrators, graphic designers, writers, illustrators, journalists, among others.

Disadvantages of technology

They can end up creating unemployment. This is the case of machines in industries that perform tasks that were previously handled manually.

Isolation can occur if the digital world is only used to perform all kinds of tasks and there is hardly any social contact. Mobile devices, video games, individuals who do not leave their homes at all since they access everything they need via the Internet, the constant use of social networks, can cause cases of loneliness and isolation.

Over-information in a particular area or topic There are multiple channels of communication, news every few seconds, and a lot of information. Sometimes it is difficult to know if you are dealing with truthful information or not. You have to be critical and investigate to know with certainty who is giving consistent information, and which specialists to believe on certain subjects.

Privacy and security issues are latent in society with the use of technologies. Including personal data, bank cards when buying products online, accounts, or someone stealing another person’s social network passwords, is a constant problem. In fact, it is advisable not to post images and comments when someone is going on vacation, because thieves can know through social networks that it is a perfect option to break into your house.

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