Does the modern world place too much reliance on technology? Technology has changed from a luxury to a necessity in the modern world of the 21st century today. 50 years ago, the television sets were unheard of in many countries. Whereas, in the modern world of today, even the poorest homes own them. In the past, cars were symbols of affluence and only the rich own them. However, it has become a mode of transportation today. The development of materials and machines has undoubtedly brought unlimited conveniences to the modern world and linked the world together.
This is so to the extend that without it, this modern world will not be able to survive and the economies will be brought to a standstill. Hence, we can see that the modern world is indeed over-reliant on the technology regardless in the daily lifestyle, communication or entertainment aspects. In addition, the excessive reliance of technology can also be seen in industries in increasing productivity to generate more revenue. Technology has successfully integrated into our daily lifestyle. Technology leads to the invention of household appliances like washing machines that are saviors to almost all housewives.
By just pressing on few buttons, the tedious job of washing clothes can be done at ease. With the presence of technology, we can be connected to the world at any place. A cell phone now has internet access with the capability to take pictures and video. With computers, all the information wanted is available on the internet with just a few keystrokes in a search engine. Hence it is no doubt that no one is separable from technology is one’s daily life, regardless who the person is and in what aspect of his daily life.
According to a research done by a social organisation in the United States, out of every 10 people aged between 15 to 64, 9 of them feel that the absence of these electronic gadgets will cause them unimagined inconveniences and severe consequences. This explicitly shows the over-reliance of technology by the modern world, in which the breakdown of technology will cause people to be at a lost. Many people argued that human emotions and interpersonal relations are still highly valued and the modern world did not allow technology to take over them.
Hence, it can be inferred that technology has not infiltrated certain aspects of our life and cannot be said that the modern world is over-reliant on it. However, the introduction of technology has irrefutably caused our form of communication to be voided of emotions and human touch. This is evident from people communicating through modes of communication such as Electronic mails or phone calls, without meeting up face to face. It is also often seen on the street that people are walking like zombies talking into their machines, oblivious of what is happening around them.
This shows that human emotions and interpersonal relations has indeed suffered due to the over-reliance of technology which is closely related to the communication aspect of human beings. In the entertainment aspect, the modern world is definitely inseparable from technology. In today’s world, there is hardly any home without electronic devices that can serve entertainment purposes. These devices keep us at home and even if we go out of house, we tend to go to the cinemas for a movie, which is another form of technological-based entertainment. The over dependence on technology causes our social life to suffer.
It reduces the interaction among people and propels us into a small, narrow social network. The over reliance of technology can even be seen in children nowadays. Children in the modern world play with toys that are technology-oriented. Computer games are the craze nowadays and children playing team games are decreasing significantly. Parents keep having the mentality that this keeps their children at home and away from the risk of injuring themselves. However, they fail to realise that the excessive dependence of the technology is going to be detrimental to their social skills in the future.
In the modern world, not only technology plays an essential role in our daily lifestyles, industries are also largely dependent on it to generate revenue. Admittedly, reliance on technology is essential to economic development and is needed to maintain pace of progress, for example, in the development of nuclear weapons to ensure that the country’s nuclear armaments are modernised and are on equal footing of the other developed countries. However, the modern world is over reliant on technology for its development. The excessive reliance on technology for its development.
The excessive reliance on technology of the modern world can be proven by the failure to cut down on energy consumption. Countries feel that the carbon emissions and energy quota set for each country by the Kyoto Protocol is unfulfilable and unreasonable. Industries need energy for domestic use. The world is governed by technology and requires electricity usage, thus contributing to the escalating of electrical consumption. People have become so tightly bounded by technology such that they are reluctant to break out of their familiar lifestyles.
In conclusion, the modern world has no doubt placed too much reliance on technology, ranging from our daily life all the way to the practices in industries. The technology has indeed brought along great advantages to the world, but over relying on it is going to lead to our downfall one day. At the expense of the conveniences, our social life suffers and we have seemingly become the slave of technology. Instead of we, the human beings controlling it, technology has turned out to be controlling us instead, thus proving the fact that the modern world is over reliant on technology.