Is technology taking over?

Technology is taking over most of our lives today as we become more and more dependent on it. Years ago most people didn’t even have a house phone; now, we have high-technology mobiles which not only make calls but text and connect to the internet. In terms of the general public, this technology is going much more to the younger generation, who tend to be more ‘computer zavy’ (according to Prenzy). On the other hand, technology is used every day in professions such as health, education and government. This means in this sense it will be used by a variety of more ‘mature’ people using it for a less general purpose, for example, treating people for an illness, or even now, if you go to the GP surgery checking yourself in for your appointment. Technology is also used in jobs because most, if not all, workplaces have computers, telephones, faxes, scanners and printers etc. So is technology really taking over? Is it a good thing, or are we becoming over-reliant on technology?

Jobs

E-mail

 

Scanners

Photocopiers

Computers

Phones

Internet

Intranet

Databases/computerised   records

Ipads etc to make   appointments

Spreadsheets

Word processers

Health Care

            X-rays

            Radiotherapy machines

            Life support machines

            Same technology as jobs

            Check in services in GPS

            Easy access contact details

            Fast track mobile technology in   ambelences

            Trainned professionals to use to   top of the range technologies.

Health Care

X-rays

Radiotherapy machines

Life support machines

Same technology as jobs

Check in services in GPS

Easy access contact details

Fast track mobile technology in   ambelences

Trainned professionals to use to top of the range technologies.

Education

Ipads per child/per class

Spreadsheets

Word processers

Computers for planning

An increasing amount of trainned   professionals and ICT specalists.

 Training schemes

If we didn’t use the technology use in jobs and be trained for it then we wouldn’t have the access to the amount of technology we have today, we probably wouldn’t have as good as health care and wouldn’t have the ease at other office jobs. On the other hand, people disagree with this. Some people suggest that technology is taking over too much and is actually taking over jobs instead of creating and is making us ‘lazy’. These people who seem to be ‘anti-technology’ may also suggest if we didn’t need it previously, why do we need it now? Is there much point in allowing it to take over our lives? I believe there is point in having increasing technology because:

  1. Health benefits: increasing our life expectancy and our quality of life.
  2. Research benefits: increasing our understanding of many different subjects.
  3. Communication benefits: allowing us to communicate ideas with people all around the world (which, arguably, is one of the most debated subjects in technology). Meeting new people on date sites, talking to an audience interested in your field through blogs and talking to other professionals and friends through twitter and facebook.
  4. Educational benefits: allowing children to learn how to use it safely for many types of purposes (also is argued)
  5. Political benefits: allowing politicians from different countries come together through Skype or in person to debate ideas/policies that could affect our whole lives.
  6. Ease and quickness: It makes jobs that were hard and monotonous quick and easy.

There is also disadvantages of technology in our lives, which include:

  1. E-safety
  2. Misuse of technology
  3. Lack of knowledge of the use technology in education and in the general public.
  4. Lack of opportunities for training.
  5. Not sufficient funding
  6. Parental worries
  7. Hacking
  8. Viruses
  9. Malfunctions

10. Too much ease.

In conclusion, education is taking over our lives because we are depending on it more and more. We use it in many aspects of our lives but along with the advantages of advanced technology in the fields of education, government, health and other jobs, there comes disadvantages. But I believe that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, as long as appropriate training is given in schools and colleges from primary to secondary.  Also in training for jobs, education and health care.

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