Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Negative impacts of technology

Have you ever wanted to return to a life without 21st century technology? Have you ever thought about returning to nature, like Robert Frost or Ernest Hemingway? Technology benefits society in numerous ways but it also has negative impacts. For this post I want to focus on the negative impacts of technology on society.

One negative impact of technological advancement it the invasion or privacy possible in today’s society. Any person, with the knowledge to do so, can track another person’s activity on a computer. Phone conversations can be monitored, government satellites can be used to watch your every move, and records can be kept electronically during your lifetime. Some feel this is a direct impact on society’s privacy. Check out EPIC Online Guide to Privacy Resources for more information.

Radar, used by the police, to determine another vehicle’s speed is another technological advance that has negative impacts. The ability to determine the speed of a passing vehicle has made it possible to enforce speed limit laws. While I’m not arguing the benefits vs. the disadvantages of this technology, I would simply like to make it know that this can be considered by some as a negative impact on society, especially those that have acquired a speeding ticket.

The advancement of technology creates a need to monitor this technology. This can often have negative impacts on society. Is the monitoring of technology ethically and morally right or does it violate the independence of Americans?

Another person's view concerning limiting internet access here

7 Comments:

Blogger cocoa said...

Technology has had a negative impact on our society.We would be better off in the predated times when there was less technology advancements.As technology and science advances humans morals and ethical values dimimish.For instance,the internet has given us a way to email and contact others without having to face them.Therefore, our social skills are decreasing and when we do not have time for others we just email or text them intead of talking to them face to face andm aking time for them.We think it is okay to shut everyone down and answer them by an email.While this is disrespectful and leads to realtionship failures.We shut everyone down and end up shutting down the one's we love many times as well.We must take action before advances in techology and science destroys our society.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

While I won't disagree that some technology has had negative impacts, I think the more responsible thing would be to say that the way we use technology has had a negative impact. What some fail to realize is that everything we use on a daily basis is technology, from the air conditioning in our homes and the vehicles that we drive to the preservatives in our food and the clothes that we wear. Technology didn't just miraculously come about, technological advances happen because of a need or want. Some may say that computers, the internet and text messaging have limited the ability to socialize and communicate with people face to face when in actuality it has enabled us to communicate when communication would otherwise not be possible. Soldiers in Iraq are fully capable of communicating face to face, however if it weren't for the internet and web cams some would never see their families. It all goes back to knowing how to use technology responsibly and appropriately, and if you can't do that than maybe it's not technology that's straining your relationships, maybe it's you.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Kelsi ケルシー said...

In response to what Lisa said, I think it's important to say that people KNOW how big of an impact techology has on us. It doesn't matter what you do, however, because it's always there, always in your face. The important thing to remember is that Technology is alienated us (something DJohnson did not talk about in this article) from other human contact. Instead of having quality family time or focusing more on family, we see people sitting at computers or on the phone or watching TV. It's a one on one interaction with someone who isn't really there or something that can not give any kind of emotion or response in return. While technology definitely has it's benefits, we're overusing it extremely.

2:07 AM  
Blogger trish said...

to sum it all up, the impact of technology is indeed in the hands of its weilder.

Techonology is never intrinsically good or bad. However, its the usage of technology which gives rise to these controversies

12:21 PM  
Blogger Evan S said...

So you're sying that if we had absolutely no tech at all. we'ed be much better off and better?!

3:05 PM  
Blogger wendii said...

yeah technology is good....but it is replacing HUMANITY GRADUALLY.

3:52 AM  
Blogger Jason Norin said...

By using a business broadband in Australia, I made sure I use internet wisely.

7:21 PM  

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