Technology has allowed us to connect with people with ease, and has made many tasks so much easier. From desktops to iPhones, the world we live in allows us to communicate with anybody with wireless access with just a couple of clicks of the mouse. From listening to our favorite music, to going to the mall, technology has made everyday life more convenient. We can text on cellphones, connect on social networking sites and video chat on Skype with little to no effort at all. It really is amazing to see how much technology has advanced and what it allows us to do today.
Even though it seems like technology has reached its limits and will stop changing, it’s still improving and will probably stop improving itself. Just twenty years ago, personal computers became small and affordable enough for families to buy and use them at home. Technology now is a concept that we cannot survive without; an average North American person needs technology, to eat, to entertain, to cook, and to do many other daily functions. Lets face it we need technology to survive.
But this is to an extent, for example a computer can be one of mans best friends, it helps us write documents such as the one you are currently reading, it helps us obtain knowledge through the internet, and it helps us entertain ourselves with games, movies, and music. Since then, technology has shown no signs of stopping or even slowing down. It almost makes you wonder how people lived just fifty years ago. Imagine attempting to live the way your grandparents, or grandparents did, seems unimaginable right? Now within the last ten years, technology has sky rocketed.
I remember having to argue with my sisters to get off the phone because I wasn’t able to get on the internet due to dial-up. Not to mention, waiting five minutes just so that the AOL instant messenger could finally connect without interruption. How about calling your friends from a house phone? I don’t even have one of those anymore. With all of the new technology that was introduced, it was difficult to see what else the technology world could improve on. It seems as if every year there’s a new gadget in our hands. In the last couple of years, technology has done things
we could have never imagined. We can travel all around the country with out using a physical map. With the capability of GPS, you can easily track where you are and where you’re going at the push of a button. Now they even have computers and even tablets you can take anywhere, with internet that works at very high speeds. You can find out what’s going on around the globe instantly with online newspapers and applications. With the help of Wi-Fi you could be at almost any location and still be able to access the internet.
Our cellphones answer questions for us, as well as allow us to have a video chat with our friends. The communication options almost seem to be endless. New technology has made many tasks easier and more convenient. It was amazing when they introduced phones we didn’t have to have plugged into an outlet. Now, we are now able to access web, e-mail and social networking sites right from our cellphones! Social networks like Facebook, Instagram or even twitter allow us to easily keep in touch with close friends, family and co workers.
All you need is one simple update and you feel connected to your family that you haven’t seen in years. Being able to see pictures of events you missed, such as weddings or baby arrivals isn’t so sad anymore because through the virtual world, it feels like you’re actually there. Uploading pictures and videos straight from your phone to different networks is simple, especially when you have the busy schedule that most of us do. When I’m in church on Sundays, the use of physical bibles are becoming less and less frequent. These days’ people are reading and studying the bible from apps off their tablets and phones!
It seems that if every week the number of page turning has turned to finger pointing and scrolling. It’s almost funny if you think about it. Another really huge advance we’ve made technologically is the sharing and listening of music. We have gone from Walkman’s to I Pods and from radios to Pandora radio right at our fingers! I don’t think we ever thought it would be possible to watch season after season of a show without actually having cable or even having to be home when your favorite TV show comes on. Now it’s just recording everything or even watching movies on Netflix easily.
With the busy schedules of people in our society today, it makes our lives so much more simple and easy and less of a hassle when we’re ready to finally put our feet up and relax. I am very thankful for the people who have made things much more tranquil for people with stressful lives such as myself. Technology reduces the time it takes to perform everyday tasks. The time it takes to do chores, such as mowing the lawn and washing dishes has been cut down significantly. Dishwashers, stoves and other appliances have been a great help to many households around the world. Imagine having to look for wood and building a fire every time we cook?
I don’t know about you but when I’m hungry and ready to eat, I can become very impatient. Getting wood to cook on a fire would be very frustrating and exhausting. How about having to store foods that are perishable and only last for a couple days? Now of course this can be accomplished but the advancement of technology has allowed us to do things with less of a hardship. I know that after a long night of partying at home or even a simple family gathering, I love the fact that I can simply put dishes into the dishwasher and they are clean in an hour. How much easier can it get than that?
Advancements like washers and dryer save us all a backache… literally. My parents are foreigners and I hear stories about how they had to hand wash clothes and undergarments on a washboard daily. Their hands created callus and they had terrible back pain. Not to mention hanging every piece of clothing on the line. Things like this seem so simple to us, but really we should be grateful. Many people have debated on whether on not these new advancements are good for us. Although it has caused much controversy, the pros and cons definitely outweigh each other. I feel as though there are more positive things that have come out of it technology.
Not to mention how many lives it has saved. Thanks to advances in technology, many diseases that before was the cause of massive death, is now a thing of the past. With these new changes, scientists and doctors find different vaccines to help people be healthier. The medical equipment’s advances help process such as surgery in a way that was never possible before. Machines like MRI’s and X-Rays have added years on to life due to the fact that we are able to locate tumors and different cancerous cells inside the body at an early stage of illness. Not to mention the many people who have survived various cancers due to the use of chemotherapy.
I can speak from experience because my aunt battled breast cancer back in 2009 and won. She is alive and healthy today due to the help of the engineers who built these machines. Today, it is routine to get a heart replacement, which in the past such situations was simply impossible. Most importantly, we can see how scientists are in the process of looking for the solution to current diseases, and this will be possible, with the use of advanced medical technology. In the daily routine, Medical advances allow humans to live longer and more healthy lives than ever before and technological advances make the world a much better place.
The best reason for me to applaud contribution technology made is in the field of education. I see how the advances in technology help students in their learning. For instance, the use of projectors and video conferences help in important amount in the process of learning; by using these approaches, different kinds of students’ intelligence can be addressed. Computers are another example of contribution that technology made to educational field. The use of well equipped computer lab is truly helpful for students because they have the chance to learn computer skills that are very important in almost all the work environments.
Nowadays, teachers can find information they can use in their daily lessons. For instance, in a math class, teachers can use updated statistical information finding in computers ,by just a click, and they can infuse these information into a lesson, making the lesson related with real life situations for students. In the final analysis, I think the benefits technology offer to improve the quality of life outweigh the bad. I do not think technology is out of human control and for the many reasons I have stated above, we can easily see how technology helps and improves the quality of human life.
Ultimately, technology is developed by people to help improve quality of human lives and all of us are using technological advances in many different ways, also to indicate that it is incontrollable. Modern technology has created many conveniences in everyday life from waking up to music to having coffee ready to getting to work and doing a day’s work. The efficiency provided by technology gives people more time to enjoy life and pursue personal development, and the accessibility has broadened options for travel, school, and work. Lives have been improved with modern technology through convenience, efficiency, and accessibility.