The world we live in has undergone technological advancements by leaps and bounds over the years. The discovery of the internet has enhanced the way humans communicate with each other. The entire world is available within the click of a button.
The shift in technology has enhanced and equipped the society with advancements that have proved to be beneficial. On the other hand, there is a long-raging debate on how technology has affected people and relationships, making them increasingly dependent on gadgets. Although modern technology has made our lives better, it cannot be denied that they have made us addict to trending gadgets such as smartphones. An average human checks his phone more than 100 times each day.
PROS AND CONS: Pros of using technology
- Enhances business opportunities
Technology has benefitted many businesses across various sectors, ranging from bakers to car manufacturers. The exposure to technology has been made possible by trending gadgets such as mobile phones, tablets, and computers. Small business owners to large corporates are reliant on social media to promote their products. This eliminates the need for an intermediate as manufacturers are directly connected to customers.
- Enable communication and connectivity
No matter where you are, it is possible to keep in touch with your loved ones and friends with the use of technology through trending gadgets. Social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, and applications such as Skype, FaceTime, and Google Duo enable you to always be connected.
- Enhances knowledge
The internet is a treasure trove of information that is easily available to everyone. Students and researchers greatly benefit from the internet. Every information is available online through digital encyclopedias and Wikipedia. Researchers are able to access numerous technical papers, teachers can equip themselves with better knowledge, and students can learn by themselves from illustrations and online videos.
- Save time
In this fast-paced world, time is precious as everyone is preoccupied with their career goals. Payments, money transfers, and exchanges are increasingly performed online. These online transactions have eliminated the need to visit banks, saving precious time. In this digital era, it is no longer necessary to carry wallets and cards as payments have gone cashless and cardless.
Cons of using technology
- Lack of privacy and security
Due to increased reliance on technology, a lot of our personal information is available online. Many online sites require to enter your personal credentials such as an address, telephone, and card details. Additionally, trending gadgets come equipped with location-tracking services. If this information falls into the wrong hands, it compromises your security.
- Health complication
Although technology has provided new job opportunities, it has adversely affected people’s health. The majority of the population works in jobs that require sitting for a long period of time. According to health experts, sitting excessively is equivalent to smoking and can cause adverse health effects in the long run. Consistent use of gadgets has given rise to numerous health issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome, obesity, insomnia, less social interactions, stress, and depression.
- Increased competitiveness and dissatisfaction
Despite technological advancements, the world is getting increasingly competitive each day. This competitiveness has given rise to increased dissatisfaction. Indeed, people keep constantly comparing their lives to others, due to the exposure to social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. Moreover, this constant dissatisfaction and competitiveness lead to stress and depression in the long run.
- Social isolation and addiction
Technological advancements have given rise to numerous cyber threats such as isolation, cyberbullying, and cyber warfare. Anonymous people find it easy to target vulnerable people online by judging others, leading to social isolation. Numerous studies have shown that people are addicted to technology and get restless when they are denied access to them.