The Digital Age

The 21st century is a time for advances in technology. This digital age brings with it a storm of new technology that is replacing many things that can improve the lives of many. Technology is a double-edged sword for it can also bring grief to businesses and careers.

There are some definite cons to technology. It has taken over multiple industries in a bad manner. For example, libraries and book stores across the country are beginning to go out of business for lack of customers. Technology has been able to create eBooks or digital books that replace the need for real books made of paper. This is nullifying the need for local libraries and book stores as anyone can just click ‘download’ and skip a trip to the book store. It all comes down to convenience in today’s world. Many people would much rather stay at home than have to go to the library despite its warm and inviting atmosphere. Another big takeover for technology has been in the factories. Technology has been able to replace the tedious, time-consuming factory work with precision and efficiency. This is fantastic for factory owners but it also displaces thousands of factory workers that depended on that tedious work to make a living. Technology also takes away from the personal contact that many small businesses thrive on.

Technology has also brought with it many revolutionary things. First and foremost, it has helped doctors and practitioners save countless lives. Doctors and researchers are now able to do so much more in the operating room and the pharmacy than ever before with the increase in technologies. From custom-fit prosthetics to cancer treatment pills that can replace chemotherapy, technology has undoubtedly improved the lives of many. Technology has also brought access to information. This is really affecting education as students and teachers alike can answer questions with just a few keystrokes. A huge benefit for increased technology is communication. Being able to connect with other people instantly across the globe is amazing. It increases globalization which is overall good for the global economy with increased trade of goods and ideas.

Personally, I think the pros of technology definitely outweigh the cons. Consider this quote from Steve Jobs: “These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch other people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life.” Without technology, where would we be today?

Written by Ryan Holt, ESLLC 2015-2016

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