Technology has advantages and disadvantages, it is a powerful and popular tool in modern society.
In 2010, 71 percent of people in industrialized nations had access to the Internet. This is indicative of the popularity of technology in society. However, technology, despite its popularity, can be used for malevolent purposes such as war and environmental destruction.
The Advantages of Technology
Technology is so popular and economically profitable that its advantages are publicized regularly. These include its ability to enhance education and communication.
Technology and Education
Access to technology improves education. The Internet creates opportunities for remote communities to exchange knowledge with populous places. For example, the Alice Springs School of the Air in Australia relies on satellite technology to teach children in remote communities. These are often aboriginal communities which suffer disadvantage. The school gives these children access to high quality education and opportunities for future career development.
Technology and Communication
Technology increases communication between cultures and within families. Email and instant messaging has enhanced communication between cultures. It enables global communication and exchange of views in a non threatening environment..
Technology also increases communication between family members. Instant messaging programs and Internet phone services such as Skype, allow cheap and instant communication between families and is particularly useful when family members are travelling. Mobile phones serve a similar purpose.
In addition, communication in disaster situations has been enhanced because of technology. Mobile phone records of disasters such as the London Bombings in 2005 have contributed towards understanding of the incident and mobile phones aided rescue workers in Haiti after the earthquake of 2010. .
Disadvantages of Technology
Technology can be misused and this can lead...