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The disadvantages of modern technology

Updated March 16, 2017

Modern society has a staggering number of technological gizmos and mechanical gadgets at its disposal, from aeroplanes to iPhones. However, while these advancements have brought new aspects of health, freedom and enjoyment, there are also disadvantages to a society so completely reliant upon them.

Pollution

One of the biggest concerns about modern technology today is pollution. Vehicles and major manufacturing plants are releasing ever-increasing amounts of carbon dioxide, and that may greatly contribute to global warming.

Vocation

As computing technology and robotic mechanisms become increasingly advanced, fewer jobs are available due to the fact that machines can perform a task more efficiently at a quicker pace.

Social Isolation

In "Social Isolation in America: Changes in Core Discussion Networks Over Two Decades," authors Miller McPherson and Lynn Smith-Lovin write that, while modern technology has made it possible to connect more frequently, e-mail and text messaging do not lend themselves to intimate revelations or in-depth conversations. These are things that may be necessary to combat loneliness and isolation.

Competency

With spell check and automatic technology, simple knowledge and calculations are done for most people. While this does save time and effort, it causes many individuals to become dependent on technology, which can be problematic in situations without modern advancement.

Behavioural Problems

Because of the amount of time children spend watching television, views and behaviours are affected. One example is evidenced in a study by researchers at the University of Michigan that spanned 15 years. It found a link between childhood television viewing and adult violent behaviour. Other studies found links between TV viewing and smoking, drinking and risky sexual behaviour.

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About the Author

When not working in her family-owned food and bar business, Viola Horne can almost always be found with a cookbook in one hand and a whisk in the other. Horne never tires of entertaining family and friends with both comfort food and unusual delicacies such as garlic cheese smashed potatoes and banana bacon pancakes.