The Disadvantages of Living With Modern Technology

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The Disadvantages of Living With Modern Technology
Technology has a number of disadvantages. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Modern technology has made many facets of everyday life substantially easier. Communication is cheaper and easier, transport and shipping are more efficient, and many other parts of our lives take less effort. However, there are some disadvantages associated with modern technology that you should be aware of.

White Noise

Modern technology has given people far more access to information then they previously had. While this is convenient, it can also be a problem in that there's so much information available that people have a hard time triaging it and determining what is accurate and relevant. Amplifying everything is the same thing as hearing nothing, and this is a major problem with modern technology.


Modern technology has made it possible to buy goods made in China, then outsource the customer service for these goods to call centres in India. This is much cheaper for companies, but it also means that they are able to avoid hiring locally. This reduced demand for certain jobs creates unemployment, which in turn negatively affects local economies.

Cultural Dominance

Modern technology has increased the rate at which people trade and communicate. This has made cultures less different and alien to one another, but it has also created cultural dominance. American culture, for example, is exported all over the world, with people in hundreds of countries listening to American music and watching American television and movies. When they embrace a foreign culture, they partly marginalise their own, which eliminates some of the world's diversity.


Modern technology has seen many once-manual jobs give way to automation. Crops are seldom harvested by hand, factories are full of machines and goods are transported using trucks, trains and ships. A disadvantage of this is that all this has a negative effect on the environment. Machinery needs to be powered by something, and burning fossil fuels creates pollution that has a negative effect on the environment. So, while we produce faster, we also consume the world we live in at a similar rate.

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