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The technology of today’s world has affected society far more than the average person realizes. It has allowed us to accomplish many new things that were once labeled impossible, as well as create a society that has become more efficient than ever. Some of the most impactful creations include the inventions of cars, planes, boats, and other various modes of transportation. Others include the invention of the internet, as well as computers, smartphones, and social media sources such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. Some may also argue that technology has significantly impacted the medical field greater than most other areas. Considering all of the new procedures, treatments, and cures, it would certainly be hard to ignore what technology has allowed doctors of all types to accomplish. However, there are a fair share of cons as well, some of those stemming from inventions that could also be argued to have a positive impact on society. Although modern society has been both positively and negatively affected by technology in numerous ways, it is quite apparent that the positive impacts outweigh the negative ones via impact and significance.
Our modern society has been positively affected by technology in an unimaginable number of ways that range from something as simple as the way one prepares his or her breakfast with steel silverware, to the way one sees at night with the use of a flashlight. However, despite those two examples being as easily recognizable and relatable as they are, often times the ideas that require deeper thinking result in a better understanding of the subject, and therefore an increased conception of the topic. If one were to do replicate that exact same
process, but with the greatest positive impacts of technology on society as the subject, he would certainly conclude that the advancements in communication and connectedness, improvements to the education system, increased agricultural efficiency, and revolutionized modern medicine would be atop that list. Communication today is not only more advanced and simpler than ever before, but it is also more important and necessary to modern society, when it comes to society’s ability to function. Besides the internet, people now use radios, smartphones, social media, faxes, and even televisions to connect to the world around them. Individuals can also video call one another using services such as Skype and ooVoo, which are especially beneficial to couples, relatives, and friends who are unable to find the time and or money to meet up with each other in person. Reaching a peer in the 21st century is only a few clicks and a “send” away with the use of text messaging services. Besides texting services, the creation of social media on the internet is another great way for one to stay connected and updated with the lives of the people around them; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, just to name a few, are modern day social media services that have revolutionized the meaning social connectedness. Updating statuses that may share one's current whereabouts, doings, or feelings as well as sharing photos has never been easier; especially since a single post can be seen by millions of people worldwide within mere seconds. “The vast, volunteer written encyclopedia Wikipedia, the largely amateur produced Youtube video service, the massive Flickr photo repository, the sprawling Huffington Post blog compendiumall of these popular media services were unimaginable before the Web came along” (Carr 85). Since the creation of the internet, tens of hundreds of websites and services have been created online to lessen the hassle of connecting with the world through other arduous
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