Effect of technology on society

Essay by jaafarHigh School, 11th gradeA+, June 2014

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Technology has been in a state of evolution since the 20th century, it has shaped the lives of all those who are born into its era. Presently, in today's modern society it is very hard to imagine how our ancestors once lived in a world without technology; a time where survival was the only worry on a person's mind. 21st century technology has changed our way of living. Design engineer John Pfeiffer states, "Man is a slow, sloppy, and brilliant thinker; computers are fast, accurate, and stupid." Humans and machine fit as perfect entities. These advancements have enhanced our society and have enabled us to better our performance in our daily tasks, in ways not deemed possible in the past. What must also be addressed are the medical advancements which have allowed professionals to save, and prolong more lives. Finally, machines allow us to access encyclopedias of information, which could aid one in their everyday learning process.

To begin, our lives are becoming increasingly fast paced; we have to retain much more information than we thought we would need in the past, students start to learn new things about everything in the world, not just about their local surroundings, morals and beliefs. We now look for outside sources as aids to our daily tasks. From the moment one awakes until they slumber, our everyday lives seemingly coexist with technology. Many simple actions that have now become a normal way of life require an immense amount of technology to function properly. For example, washing our hands or even flushing a toilet calls upon the intricate plumbing system beneath our cities. Furthermore, according to the 2011 National Household Survey, (NHS), roughly 15.4 million Canadians commuted to work, while 1.1 million worked at home most of the time. Commuting to work requires vehicles,