While the Industrial Revolution had both positive and negative effects on society and the economy, the positive effects outweighed the negative. The Industrial Revolution was absolutely beneficial to the progress of the world from the 1800s all the way to present day. Sacrifices were made which allowed technological advancements during the Industrial Revolution, which in turn, created happiness, life opportunities, and an over-all, definite improvement of life.
Even though at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, many hardships had to be overcome, causing great grief to most of the population. Faith was lost, patience was tried, and a blanket of oppression covered the people of Europe. When new inventions rose to aid the producing and mass-producing of goods that supplied the people of Europe, nearly everyone was forced to begin a new career within a factory. These are just some of the hardships that many loyal, hardworking citizens were faced with.
The Industrial Revolution had a more positive effect on Western society in the 19th century. Although child labor during the 1820’s was quite hard on most of the children working and also proved to be quite dangerous, it still brought about the creation of child labor laws and also the funding of schools. As factories began to develop, the organization within them also stepped up. There was an increase in production and assembly lines took place creating a more orderly environment to be working in.
Also, many inventions started to develop and be discovered, creating an easier and more accurate way of doing things, not just in factories, but also in the home. Lastly, railroads were a big part of the Industrial Revolution in that they created a faster and cheaper way to transport goods and materials from one place to another. The Industrial Revolution had many hardships, but also it had point were it created happiness for many people. Now you know why I believe that the positive effects outweighed the negative effects.