The Advantages and Disadvantages of Technology

Updated on February 18, 2020
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Paul has worked as a digital media teacher for many years. Born in the UK, he currently lives in Florida and works as freelance writer.

Is technology good or bad for us?
Is technology good or bad for us? | Source

The latter part of the 20th Century saw the start of a new revolution in technology that seemed every bit as powerful as the industrial revolution that preceded it.

The impacts and developments of the new 20th Century technologies are not easy to assess, as they are still very much part of an ongoing process that may well only just be beginning.

The new technologies that have caused such upheaval are inter-related and overlap to some degree. They include:

  • Computers. They began to gain a foothold back in the 1980s and are now found in almost every aspect of modern life, in one form or another.
  • New communication technologies. 3G, the internet, mobile phones, and wifi technology have all contributed to a world where people and information can be accessed from virtually anywhere.
  • Digitally formats. The digital format for storing information has revolutionized how all sorts of information, from photos, to documents, to music, to videos are stored and transmitted.
  • Multifunctional devices. Modern devices can often now perform multiple tasks, which would have been performed by many different devices previously. For instance, we now have single mobile devices that are a telephone, internet browser, camera, video player, webcam, music player, etc. all in one.
  • New military weapons. Pilotless drone aircraft, for example, are becoming increasingly uncommon, as technology advances, but they are proving to be very controversial. Cyber warfare is another area where modern technology is increasingly becoming militarized.

Technology... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.

— Carrie Snow

The Advantages of Technology

  • Thanks to the internet and mobile technologies, we can communicate with anyone in the world and form relationships with people who are some distance away, rather than being limited to people within our physical vicinity. This has some great positives for both work and home life.
  • The increased automation of manufacturing and many other jobs, thanks to computers, means greater efficiency, less people doing boring repetitive jobs, and an increase in flexibility regarding work times. Many jobs can now be done remotely, thanks to the internet, with many workers increasingly being able to work from home at times of their choosing.

  • The wealth of information that is now available is astonishing. In theory, at least, having access to the internet means having access to almost all of the world’s knowledge. Increasingly we don’t even need to be sat at a desk to access the information either, as mobile devices become more and more powerful.
  • The entertainment industry has experienced a revolution. Consumers now have an incredible choice of movies, shows, games, music, and other entertainment available 24/7. The music and film industries have been democratized as artists are no longer reliant on companies to fund and promote them, as they can do it all themselves.

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

— Albert Einstein
  • Technology can now be used to advance itself. Science is benefiting massively from the lightning speeds that computers can perform calculations and investigate complex questions that would take humans many lifetimes to answer. Medical breakthroughs, chemical and astronomical discoveries have all been made due to computers.
  • Modern technology saves us lots of time, whether it’s our computer regulated cars driving us to work, washing-machines to do our laundry, or automated banking to allow us to pay by credit card, use internet banking, or get cash out from the ATM.
  • Computer regulation and automation means that many devices and machines now function much more efficiently and use less power, either because they are working at the most efficient rate, or they automatically switch themselves off when not in use. This provides benefits for the environment as well as being a cost saver.

The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn't think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.

— Steve Ballmer
The '@' symbol has become synonymous with email in the modern world.  As well as being a convenient way to send letters and photos, however, emails can also contribute to a sense of 'information overload' for many people, especially in the workplace.
The '@' symbol has become synonymous with email in the modern world. As well as being a convenient way to send letters and photos, however, emails can also contribute to a sense of 'information overload' for many people, especially in the workplace.

The Disadvantages of Technology

  • Human relations are diminished in the virtual world. As online social networking increasingly replaces real face-to-face and physical contact, alienation can increase, as well as problems such as cyber-bullying, online stalking and cyber crime, which are related to the anonymity of the internet.
  • Human beings are less and less valued in the workplace as their roles are replaced by computers. Outsourcing has meant bigger profits for companies, but a decline in wages and conditions and more unemployment for ordinary workers, especially in Western nations. Multinational corporations are increasingly impossible to control by individual nation states.

Technology is such a broad kind of term, it really applies to so many things, from the electric light to running cars on oil. All of these different things can be called technology. I have kind of a love-hate relationship with it, as I expect most people do. With the computer, I spend so many hours sitting in front of a computer.

— Jeff Bridges
  • Issues of privacy have become huge, as it becomes increasingly difficult to control personal information in the digital and internet world. Financial details can be hacked into, candid photos or videos posted on the web, slurs and accusations made against people's characters, and personal identities can be stolen.
  • Intellectual property theft and piracy have made it more and more difficult for creative people to make any money from their output. Media can be digitalized and then distributed across the internet very easily and the process seems impossible to control. Ultimately it will lead to a decline in artistic and creative quality as people no longer have the time and funds to pursue projects.

The technological revolution has completely changed how we communicate with each other.  Texting and video conversations are now commonplace.
The technological revolution has completely changed how we communicate with each other. Texting and video conversations are now commonplace. | Source
  • Modern societies are increasingly dependent on technology. So much so, that many basic services such as hospitals, power grids, airports, rail and road transport systems, and military defenses can now be knocked out by cyber attack or a catastrophic failure. Humans would be almost helpless if the technology was taken away overnight.
  • We are increasingly becoming overwhelmed by the information overload that modern technology brings, as we are bombarded by irrelevant emails, sales telephone calls, text messages, internet advertising etc. Rather than saving us time, new technology means that we are expected to process more and more information and work even more intensively.
  • Technology brings with it all sorts of enviromental problems. As well as machines and devices often being made from toxic, or non-biogradable materials, most technologies need a power source, which can often mean an increase in the consumption of electricity and fossil fuels.
  • Technology has a general dehumanizing effect. As well as in the workplace, the military is increasingly becoming more technological. An example is pilotless drone aircraft, which can attack and kill people with the controller many thousands of miles away.

Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, allowing us to do things more quickly and efficiently. But too often it seems to make things harder, leaving us with fifty-button remote controls, digital cameras with hundreds of mysterious features and book-length manuals, and cars with dashboard systems worthy of the space shuttle.

— James Surowiecki

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

  • What is technology?

    Technology can mean: 1. The practical application of scientific knowledge. 2. A scientific invention, process, or method. 3. The branch of knowledge that deals with the practical application of science and engineering.

  • How does technology contribute to education?

    There are numerous ways technology contributes to education. Virtual communications mean that education can now be delivered remotely to people in far off places. Technology improves access for disabled people. Lessons can be delivered through a wide range of media, including video, audio, text, or images. There is an abundance of material available, including free online help. Students can also submit essays and take tests online.

  • What are the advantages of digital technology?

    Advantages include: the easy storage and transfer of large amounts of information; the relative ease with which data can be manipulated or updated, such as photo or video editing; the enabling of new technologies such as webcams, digital photography, and digital radio.

  • How does technology limit creativity ?

    Some people argue that technology produces a form of creative laziness. In music, for example, musicians no longer need to play instruments in real time, rather they can repeat and edit samples, which can require far less skill. Vocalists can sing out of tune and have their voices digitally perfected afterward. Technology enables plagiarism and copyright infringement too, this cheapens the value of the arts and creativity generally, especially images, music, and video. Why put in a lot of effort when your ideas can so easily be stolen? Another problem is that the internet encourages low-level browsing, rather than the deeper involvement and appreciation that comes from a bigger commitment from recipients. An unimaginative one sentence meme often does better than a creative fifteen-minute video.

© 2012 Paul Goodman


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      Habiba Nakanwagi 

      10 months ago

      Amazing article

      Technology has really left us as empty vessels. People tend not to function without electricity their devices

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      Orphan Bhiza 

      13 months ago

      very interesting,informative and if we understood a potential for excellence in life

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      14 months ago

      a very interesting article that both excites me and terrifies me in its implications! One thing is certain...... only time will tell how wise the human race is in pursuing the technological dream. thank you for your article.

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      Mhïstêr joéë 

      14 months ago

      Thank you..

      But I will appreciate if you will explain more on at the disadvantages of technology

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      15 months ago

      can I know about many disadvantage of modern technology ?

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      21 months ago

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      it is very good

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      3 years ago

      Agree completely on technology being double edged sword. So what is required is that it needs to be used wisely..Use it for good causes. Educating people for intellectual development not just wild growth.

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      Darlene Denny 

      4 years ago

      You have got it on point my man! First off, folks have become ARROGANT if YOU ARE NOT COMPUTER SAVVY. Ever went into Best Buy and asked them a simple question such as "I was told I need a Wi-Fi Adapter, what is that?" And they look at you like you sprayed them with Urine? Can't stand it. This is because everyone is consumed with technology.

      I'm not saying technology is bad, but it is almost like a some of them in that business don't want to break it down for people to understand either.


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      Francisco Lopez 

      8 years ago from Redwood City, California

      This is a great blog and you are so right technology has helped us along as a society but has also brought some bad things like crime and identity theft.

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      8 years ago from Utah

      I'm not a fan. I think we as humans have become colder and distant as we slowly wade away from inter communication with each other. Should we really know everything the second it happens? Takes the mystery out of life.

      Again on the flip side as Jeff just mentioned it is a two edge sword in some aspects life has been made easier, but at what cost?

      Voted up, marked useful and interesting

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      8 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading this Hub. Technology is definitely a double-edged sword. Voted up.


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