Technology has enhanced life in so many ways. Many tasks, both personal and business, can be done with high speed and efficiency. Technology is used to help save lives and improve quality of life; there are many positive effects of tech development. However, despite all the tremendous benefits it provides, with every plus typically comes a minus. There are some definite bad sides of technology that society has experienced.
On the up side, once the bad sides of technology are identified and recognized as a problem, then steps can be taken to mitigate or eliminate them. Once these drawbacks are lessened, then the positive aspects of technology can be better enjoyed.
Some of the primary negative issues associated with technology include:
The emergence and continued growth of cybercrime is probably close to the top of the negative issues associated with technology. As more integration of automation occurs, unfortunately, the percentage of cybercrime rises along with it. According to research, across the globe a whopping 1 billion data records were compromised in 2014. 2
The different types of cybercrime that occur on a routine basis are frustrating, fearful, time consuming and expensive. Identity theft continues to be a persistent issue and, for several years, this has been one of the chief complaints of consumers when it comes to cybercrime.
Information security can combat this dark side of technology, but it requires expense, vigilance, commitment and also public awareness. And it’s still often seems like it's a losing battle. The more people know about the risks, the better chances people will have to be able to protect themselves and others from becoming a victim of cybercrime.
As efficient and fast as technology is, at the same time, it can be a big time waster. Whether or not this is a bad side of technology is subjective, but many people find themselves engaging for hours on Facebook, playing online games or spending time with other gadgets.
At the end of the day, many people may feel that they've not been productive during the day as much as they could have been if they'd put down the mobile, turned off the Internet and gotten involved with other activities. Not to mention the interruptions it causes throughout the day,, often affecting productivity.
Tends to Be Distracting
Technology can be pretty distracting. Think of your own activities. How often do you surf the web while talking on the phone? Do you work and surf simultaneously? How about playing video games and carrying on conversation with a family member, giving less attention than you would have given had the game been off?
While multi-tasking is well and good, sometimes technology can cause big distractions and cause people to miss information or misunderstand a message. While the convenience and potentials of technology is great, sometimes this causes losses in other areas of life and quality can suffer.
Over the past several years many reports have highlighted obesity has been on the rise. While certainly not the only contributor, how much of it can be attributed to technology? Technology adds such a high level of convenience, many activities are completed right from the comforts of home which equates to less physical movement.
Now that online shopping, web banking, distance learning and other daily activities can be done right from the comforts of home, while terrific in terms of convenience, don't need people to get up and move. Less exercise is required when these activities are done from a computer. Factor in video games and other sorts of entertainment that replace physical activities and, overall, society is probably exercising a lot less than they used to in pre-technology days.
For all practical purposes, technology has done much good in the area of communication. Never before have so many options been available for people to connect and communicate. That being said, the quality of communication should also be taken into consideration and pondered as to whether or not it is a negative aspect of technology. In today's age of Facebook, a "Like" is often acknowledged as a form of communication, but is it quality communication?
In addition, with text-based communications, messages can easily be misinterpreted because connotation and tone are absent, resulting in misunderstandings. How many relationships are taking place through text messaging? It often seems as if less and less people are making direct contact and one can't help but wonder how this will change the dynamics of relationships in the future if this trend continues?
Additionally, with the on-demand capabilities tech provides, many employers are holding expectations that their employees be available around the clock; this can negatively impact family time and also increase stress levels. This makes it hard to keep a healthy work-life balance.
Complacency is another negative drawback to technology. Perhaps not one as prominent or thought about, but still, nonetheless, existing. As people become more dependent on technology, less of an effort is made to learn about the action or concepts behind the technology.
Think for a second if technology were to suddenly crash or a device were to break? Many people and/or businesses would suffer greatly without its availability unless other arrangements are available. Backup plans are necessary, and/or the knowledge of how to perform an action in the event a device goes down or becomes unavailable.
Technology has really transformed the way society lives. The advantages to tech are vast and, if its rapid progression is any indicator, potential appears to be unlimited. However, we should keep in mind there are drawbacks which we, as a society, should not ignore because if we're not careful, it can impact the quality of life in a negative way. If we ignore the symptoms, then we cannot develop the fixes. This can be avoided by recognizing and identifying issues as they emerge, and any down sides to tech can be combated and replaced with solutions.