Technology in certain ways is a double edged sword, in the sense that many good things comes from technology as well as many bad things come from technology. Many people log on to the social networking site Facebook for months, does it mean that technology has taken us into its intangible bind? How can we break free of it? There is some unknown appeal that we find in it, that we love but cannot explain.
Is technology just limited to certain appliances?
An average person might say that without technology we might not be able to survive. But can technology provide us with food, shelter and clothing? When you think of it like this, technology is not just not computers – It is the knowledge of inter relationship between environment, lifestyle and society. Our daily lives revolve around computers, so when we think of technology we generally associate it to the various appliances we use each day like, TV, mobile phones, computers etc.
How can we survive without our iPhones, cameras, TV, laptops? Well, most certainly like our predecessors survived for years, they relied on community. Few countries like US can be called isolated, where people keep to themselves. But there is a big hole; instead, to create new things and make good use of them, we should invite each other. Not only that, we should be happy with what we have.
Brighter side of technology
Let’s look at the brighter side of technology; like in the medical field it has affected us for the better. For example machines make certain operations safer. There few risks involved in them and even prosthetics are made up using technology. But no matter how good things technology has to offer medically, there are various other things by which it can be fatal to human lives. In the above said example, if a machine malfunctions, it might be too late for a patient to survive.
At the onset of the last century, computers began their journey, with time many people began having their own personal computers. One good fact which rose then was that all the information and calculations came to human hands. The no. of people going to libraries reduced, with the ease of access to information because of technology. This helped human race to achieve larger goals in terms of better education, information sharing and entertainment.
Is technology making us more confined to ourselves?
In spite of this, technology has some serious negative aspects, especially on human health. Prolonged use of technology can lead to extreme dizziness and headaches. Regular use of social networking platforms like Myspace and Facebook, has led to serious addiction, isolating individuals from their family and friends. For some, their virtual or technological life is more important than their real lives, which could later become a serious mental issue.
Seeing all the pros and cons of technology it’s a dilemma to come to a conclusion. Undoubtedly, technology has unseen benefits and only time can unravel those. Only we have the knob to exercise control over its limits. The matter lies in our own hands, whether we choose to accept its utility in our lives.