Positive & Negative Effects of Computers

Updated April 17, 2017

Computers have impacted the way we live on a large scale. You will find computers in hospitals, libraries, schools and banks, each running tasks that would be difficult for people to do on their own. The computer has been widely considered as one of the greatest inventions of the 21st century, but it also is blamed for many day-to-day problems and even tragic events. As computer technology advances, the effects will continue to change the world for better or worse.

Positive Effects on learning

People have access to a wealth of information on computers, without having to drive to the library for research. Wireless technology allows people to obtain information within minutes. The Internet contains online dictionaries, encyclopedias and a wide variety of games and software for learning math, reading, science and history. Many online videos teach skills, such as learning a language.

Positive Effects on Social Behavior

Computers offer many opportunities to meet new people. There are many social networking sites that let people connect with others. People can communicate in a variety of ways, date people and reconnect with old friends and classmates. The Internet can help people find others with common interests, form bonds with strangers and expand their social network.

Negative Effects on Physical Health

The more time a person spends on a computer, the less likely the person is to participate in physical activities, which can result in weight gain. A person also is likely to experience eye and back strain and possibly repetitive injuries from computer use. Beyond these issues, computers can create turmoil for users by reacting slowly or suffering from viruses and other problems, requiring repair. The more dependent users are on their computers, the more likely these setbacks will affect their stress level and overall health.

Children and Exposure To Adult Material

Many people, especially children and teenagers, are vulnerable to finding highly explicit adult material. Pornography is easily accessible to children, and this can effect their attitude toware sex as they mature. They may have trouble dealing with intimacy and develop a surreal perception of sexual encounters. Children who use the Internet also are at risk of learning about different type of drugs and how they alter sensations or how crimes are committed.

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About the Author

Jose Arellano began freelancing in 2011. He carries knowledge and expertise in travel, health, entertainment and computer technology. He holds a certificate in CompTIA A+ 2009 Essentials, Network+, and MCTS/MCITP: Server 2008 Level 1. He recently attended The Academy of South Florida for Microsoft and is a certified network technician..