Technology and the Negative Effects on Society

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Introduction Since the industrial revolution, society has become more and more dependent on technology. So much so that we sometimes lack the willingness to think before we act. We become impatient if it takes more than a few seconds to download a copy of the morning news paper. We expect immediate responses to our email, and we expect someone to answer their cell phone whenever and wherever we call. “Industrialization resulted in rapid and sustained economic growth and a massive increase in consumer goods. But at the same time, for many people it meant a thoroughly unpleasant work environment.”1

People in today’s society are always looking for ways to improve their lifestyles and in some way help deal with their physical
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Society is becoming complacent. Almost everything must be done in advance. However, sometimes this change in lifestyle is forced upon society. When a company decides to buy robots to do the job that man once did, and then the man is forced into either getting fired or watching the machine all day long. Technology has definitely changed the lifestyle and common purpose of many humans.

Technology we take for granted such as the automobile can have a negative effect on society. The automobile is one of the greatest inventions to come about in the last 100 years. It has helped the society to grow in ways never imagined before. It allowed people to move out of highly congested cities and move into the suburbs with more peaceful neighborhoods. Yet it also let people feel as if they were still a short drive away from the city. However, the negative effects of the automobile were not thought of in the early days.

In recent years, though, we have begun to realize just how much these ways of making life easier are costing us or future generations. Think about everything that's involved in the act of driving a car. First, the metal in the body of the car has to be mined. The plastic on the dashboard and other interior cosmetic components probably came from petroleum. Petroleum also becomes the gasoline that powers the car. Extracting the petroleum involves wells and refineries all over the world. Tankers carry the oil across the


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