How Does Modern Technology Affect Our Society?

With the release of the brand spanking new iPhone XXX2 or whatever you call it last week, I’ve been pondering the fast-paced society we live in and how it affects us as individuals. God that sounds so deep, I know, but think about our generation. Our generation is what I like to call the ‘want, need, get it’ group of people. We see something, we want it, and then we convince ourselves it’s a necessity and then we ultimately get whatever it is. I’m talking about iPhones, clothes, food, diets, you know what I mean. We all subconsciously follow trends, put trust in brands, and then use our hard earned cash on superficial things like iPhones. That sounds really negative, especially since I suppose I am apart of that influencer community. Part of what I blog about is showcasing a brand and then expressing my trust in the brand to encourage my readers to buy from X brand.

I remember being at secondary school and begging my Mam almost every six months for the latest Blackberry because gosh it was SO uncool to still have the Blackberry Curve, dur. I think as I’ve grown up, earnt my own money and realised the sheer cost and value of following ‘technology’ trends that I’m actually okay with my iPhone 6s and that I don’t need the latest version.

Modern technology is basically an advancement of old technology. The impact of technology on modern life is unmeasurable, we use technology in different ways and sometimes the way we implement various technologies do more damage than good. What we call ‘lastest’ technology isn’t technically new in most cases. For example, mobile phone technology has evolved from what it was in the 2000’s and continued to do so today; nowadays we use smartphones which is merely an advanced version of an older mobile phone.

We use technology on a daily basis to accomplish specific tasks or interests. Modern technology or evolved technology at times may replace previously used technology due to its increased benefits or newfound popularity. Take for example transportation technology; at one time aeroplanes were made out of wood and fabric whereas today most aeroplanes are made with supermaterials within the production, development and operation meaning we are able to enjoy safer, more cost-effective flights as equipment becomes more reliable and precision becomes higher. I found out from Element Sixย that Industrial diamond is also used to create robust tools for faster cutting speeds and improving operation. This is good news for airlines and passengers, saving them money and providing more reliable and efficient aircraft.

So, I’d mainly say there are positives to advancements in technology such as the internet, another example, good old Google, I’d be lost without Google. Not only do I rely on to answer questions like how many minutes do I boil a poached egg for, but I rely on it for my job since I’m a digital marketing executive. I love it, but I do worry about it.

 

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And that brings me on to the negatives on modern technology, using the internet example again, it scares me that 74% of children in the UK aged between the ages of 12-15 are using Facebook! I actually wasn’t allowed Facebook until I was 16, which felt so unfair but now I understand why my Mam was so cautious about it. Modern technology can change the way children think, it can impact on social skills making people feel isolated, it can also put vulnerable people at risk, horrifyingly in 82% of online sex crimes against children, the sex offenders used social networking sites to get information about the victimโ€™s preferences.

We’ll never be able to measure the full impact of modern technology in our society but it’s worth exploring. How do you think technology has impacted your life?

 

 

*This is a collaborative post.

16 Comments

  • Reply Cora @ Tea Party Princess October 4, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Interesting post ๐Ÿ™‚
    I never had a mobile phone until I was 16, and then it wasn’t a case of updating – I was on PAYG and outright bought my phone and it was *expensive*
    It’s definitely scary that kids are on social media.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    • Reply Alice October 8, 2018 at 8:43 am

      I totally agree!

  • Reply Alisha Valerie October 4, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    I enjoyed really this blog post babe, really detailed. I got my first mobile phone when I was in high school around the ages of eleven or twelve but it never had social media on it. I agree with how serious and scary it is for childreen and teenagers having social media these days.

    With love, Alisha Valerie x

    • Reply Alice October 8, 2018 at 8:43 am

      Thanks Alisha! x

  • Reply Chloe - New Girl in Toon October 4, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Such an interesting read Alice! I feel so lucky that I grew up in a time long long before Facebook and phones, where we used to have to call our friends from the phone box down the road (Dad would go mad at me if I used the house phone!) and played outdoors all night! I think technology came round at the right time for me, I’m young enough to be able to enjoy it but old enough to remember life before and realise that it’s important to step away sometimes!

    • Reply Alice October 8, 2018 at 8:44 am

      Thanks Chloe! You are lucky to have grown up in that generation! I remember when I was allowed to ring my friends on the house phone but would be on for hours and my Mam would go mental haha x

  • Reply Emma October 4, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    I absolutely love technology! I do think it has disadvantages in certain contexts, but as someone whoโ€™s studied computing and various tech-based subjects I find it absolutely fascinating!
    Emma | emmadrury.com

    • Reply Alice October 8, 2018 at 8:46 am

      It is fascinating!

  • Reply Katrina Frances October 5, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this blog post! I would’ve definitely have preferred my later teenage years in a society without as much technology as there is today, I enjoyed growing up not having a phone, and being without social media – I feel like this is contributing to bullying and bitchiness nowadays x

    • Reply Alice October 8, 2018 at 8:46 am

      I totally agree x

  • Reply Kelly-Anne October 6, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Oh yes I would be completely lost without google. Cute hat.

    • Reply Alice October 8, 2018 at 8:47 am

      Ditto!

  • Reply Gemma Louise October 6, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Oh god I couldn’t live without google, it’s every parents essential tool hahaha!

    • Reply Alice October 8, 2018 at 8:47 am

      I bet it is!

  • Reply Jade Wilson October 10, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I definetly agree with you! I love technology but it is taking over our lives. I love that I can access everything from my phone but my phone hits 15% and I’m panicking.

    Brilliant post!

  • Reply pinkserenityx October 10, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Technology is so good but so scary! Totally in agreement with you! x x

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