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Impact of technology on our society

Society today is constantly dictated and changed by the latest and greatest technology that is available. Technology and human life have become one and cannot be separated. Society has a cyclical co-dependence on technology. We use technology; depend on technology in our daily life and our needs and demands for technology keep on rising. Humans use technology to travel, to communicate, to learn, to do business and to live in comfort.

Technology has changed our society. There’s no denying it that 20 years ago everything was different – the way we communicated and how we went about business. Our society has witnessed a revolution. Technology has not only improved our society but has also made our lives easier. In this article we take a bird’s eye view of some of the major changes that appeared in our society and how it brought changes in our behaviors as a nation.

Not long ago, there was only landline telephone and even that was not available to everyone. Having landline telephone connection was considered snobbery. Then cell phone was introduced and in very short span of time it dramatically changed our lives and impacted on our day-to-day matters. In recent timers, our communication has been made quick and efficient. Communication is used for a number of purposes. People use technology to communicate with each other. Electronic media like radio, television, internet, and social media have improved the way we exchange ideas which can ultimately develop our societies.

Technology is positively impacting our transportation system. In recent times, we have witnessed that we can call a cab at our doorstep. Even we have e-ticking system in our city buses. Technology has also improved education and learning process. Many schools have started integrating educational technologies in their schools with a great aim of improving the way students learn. Technologies like smart whiteboards, computers, mobile phones, ipads, projectors and internet are being used in classrooms to boost students’ moral to learn. Visual education is becoming more popular and it has proved to be the best method of learning in many subjects like mathematics, physics, biology, geography, economics and much more. The business community has invested money in various educational technologies which can be used by both teachers and their students. Because of technology the era of online education has started in Pakistan.

The pervasive use of mobile devices, the Internet and social media has changed the way we live, work and communicate. Social networking uses have increased manifolds. There is indeed a great diversity of social networking sites by countries and cultures. Even uneducated people know how to use social media like facebook. Nowadays, we also stay connected with old friends online.

Because of technology we have also revolutionised our medical fields too. Our hospitals are more equipped with modern technologies and keep pace with the needs of today’s patients. We have latest lab testing processes and complex surgeries like kidney transplant and open heart surgeries are taking place in our hospitals and saving precious lives.

So far, these are some of the major areas which witnessed changes because of technology. Realising the importance of technology in coming time our government established an Information Technology university years back. Considering the impact of technology on our society and the ongoing technology developments, we would certainly have a promising future for our coming generations.

Source: The Nation

Byline: Bilal Mehmood

December 19, 2016

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