Who doesn’t love technology, right? Think of all the gadgets that have facilitated our lives. Fridges, washing machines, stoves, phones, laptops, cameras, etc have become necessities in our lives. Can you imagine what our lives would be like if we didn’t have them?
If you’re reading this post, chances are you have a phone and/or laptop and internet connection. How much has the internet facilitated your life? Any information you seek is at the tip of your fingers. You can start a business from your phone or laptop in the comfort of your own home! This is fascinating.
However, technology is a double edged sword.
With all the bliss that technology provides us, there are some downsides to it. So what are the pros and cons of technology?
- Improves efficiency for business and housework and schoolwork. Kitchen appliances make cooking and cleaning faster and less tiresome.
- More job opportunities. So many people are selling things online, making money off blogs and websites, etc.
- Saves time. You can send an email or text and get a response almost immediately. You can get news headlines in a matter of seconds after they happen.
- Faster communication. You can talk to friends and family on the other side of the world as if they are right in front of you.
- Reduces cybercrime risks. With malware protection, you can protect all your data and passwords.
- Extreme dependability. When you get used to using the calculator, you get bad at maths. When you get used to Google search, you get impatient to go through a book to look for information. There are literally apps that allow to to read a book in 15 minutes, by giving you the key points, but the real experience and benefit is from reading the whole book (in my opinion).
- Expensive. Camera equipment is expensive. Kitchen appliances are expensive. Laptops and phones cost money too. Not everyone can afford top notch technology. In fact, a lot of people can’t.
- Effect on the environment. Technological devices need factories to build them, and these factories emit substances harmful to the environment. Not to mention when a device is tossed in the trash, where does it go? How does it affect the environment?
- Communication is not necessarily better. Communication is not just words. It is body language, facial expressions, and the general aura of a person. I admit being isolated at home with my phone has given me a bit of an unexpressive face. When you get used to writing 😂 with a poker face, where do you go from there?
- Desensitization. When you are always plugged into the news or video games or movies, seeing violence and tragedy, it affects your empathy. You become desensitized to human suffering.
- Distraction. It is very distracting having your phone at your fingertips, always on the loop. So many apps and games, and don’t get me started on social media. If I allow myself to go through my instagram or facebook feed, I go into a rabbit hole for hours on end, oblivious to my surroundings.
- Increased hacking. I know, I just contradicted myself. With your phone connected to Google and all the apps you download granted permission to go into your call log and photos, you are risking having your data hacked and your personal information exposed.
Most likely because technology is constantly evolving, and in doing so it consumes us more and more. … Every new advancement intrigues us just a little bit more, which can be seen as good or bad depending on the way you look at it.Pennapowers.com