The Effects and Influences of Technology on Society and Human Kind

Could progressing technology itself be negatively affecting and disadvantageous to human kind? What effects have technology had on our society?

Take some time and contemplate this notion; that technology itself could be negatively affecting and disadvantageous to human kind. Could such a conception possibly be correct?

Technology, a word with Greek origins, is defined as, “the practical application of knowledge especially in a particular area” by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. Despite this definition, it is an abstract term lacking a concrete meaning. Technology is a word used to collectively describe or portray the advancements, abilities, creations, undertakings, views, and knowledge of a singular group of persons: we as human-kind.

The history of technology is undoubtedly as old as humanity itself. Primitive forms of technology have been found with almost every archaeological find of ancient human remains. Technology has such far progressed from the mastery of fire by man in times before 1,000,000 BC, to the supercomputers, space stations, rockets, electronics, weapons, and huge metropolises that are the defining aspect of the 21st century AD.

The question that persists however, is, “Is technology in fact harming our society as a whole?” Albeit the fact that this is a remarkably intricate question of sorts, it can be answered with a simple answer. The actuality of this situation remains that technology is by no means detrimental to our society here in the United States, civilization throughout the world, or to the greater humanity of the human race; instead, it is vital to its survival.

Nuclear Technology

To illustrate this point, let us first examine an exceedingly significant technological advance of our time, nuclear technology. Nuclear technology is research that involves the reactions of atomic nuclei. It has many vital applications in modern society, the most prominent of which are nuclear weapons, nuclear medicine, and nuclear power. The most controversial of these is, without a doubt, nuclear weapons.

First created by the United States in 1945 during World War II, they were developed out of the fear that Nazi Germany would first develop them. A weapon of incredible power, a single nuclear weapon has to potential to decimate, level, and destroy an entire city. The first and only times a nuclear weapon has been used are in World War II, when the United States bombed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the “Little Boy” and “Fat Man” bombs, respectively.

The usage of these bombs allowed for the near instantaneous end to the destructive World War II. Although two cities were leveled and many lives were lost, the situation involving the usage of these nuclear weapons is not nearly as negative as one may perceive. Had the bombs not been dropped, Japan would not have surrendered, and it would have without a doubt prolonged the war for months or even years. This would have forced an Allied Forces ground invasion of Japan in an effort to end the war, which would have resulted in the loss of many more people than caused by the deployment of the two nuclear weapons.

When you look at the usage of nuclear technology, you must look at the situation from the viewpoint of human society as a whole, and not from a standpoint of an individual. While the nuclear bombs destroyed two cities and killed many, they ended a horrific World War II and prevented the loss of many other lives. Today, in more modern terms, nuclear weapons play a huge role in our lives. As citizens of the United States, it is common knowledge that we are guaranteed many degrees of freedoms and rights, but have you ever considered who enforces our right to these freedoms in the world?

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  1. Praiz Says...

    On June 17, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    though i could chuckle with its great achievement, yet life remains constant. How many have medical technology pushed to live many years of 150s? in those days, when there was little technology, i was told of geat men who lived 180, 150, 140. this is to mention but few. irrespective of our great potentials in this field, yet our days are not prolonged as days we have no or little technology. the threat of nuclear weapon can never salvage mankind. its abundance on the earth could post more fear for the coming generation. a global war, could at this point post little survival. pursing after peace with war, is against our belief of a perfcet utopia; where everybody is free of fear and uncertainty.

    i say; technology has brought nothing to our world more than dissilusion. the salvation of mankind is a snare. pollusion, genetic mutation giving rise to new set of organism that causes disease, the fear of global warming, solar mares and changes are the backrupt of our so called technology. what we think is our achievent is our inadequacy and curiosity boomeranging to us.

    the little we can succeed is the little we caued a change in the world via our exploration. nature is constant, no change with technology…


  2. nica Says...

    On August 25, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    technology help us to make our work easy and fast.


  3. farhan Says...

    On September 19, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    you both are right
    any thing we uses, it upon us how we use.


  4. john f. Says...

    On September 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    this article is very enteresting. and tells alot about the advancements of the human race. we the boss of this world. nothing can stop us.


  5. borack obama Says...

    On September 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    yah i like this article thats why when i become president im going To lead this country to a nuclear war and kill all the jews and other race and coler then me… VOTE OBAMA “becouse im black”


  6. Newme Says...

    On September 23, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    #5 your a flat out retarded and a racist piece of s**t


  7. jnich Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 11:27 am

    #2, the problem is that making our work “fast and easy” only leads more work expected. Not more time.

    jnich


  8. sIncHaN Says...

    On October 8, 2008 at 2:54 am

    i like it!!!!


  9. TheLonelyDetroitLionsFan Says...

    On October 8, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Yeah it was great. Thank you so much. You helped make my project go faster since i waited till the last night


  10. tabitha Says...

    On November 15, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    i think the article is great but he purposely leaves out the disadvantages of technology. we definetly have disadvantages like global warming and others.

    to borack obama. ur just a really foolish person. im black but i dont think any other race should be killed neither do i think any color is better than my race, we are all the same. NONE IS BETTER


  11. hcfverfvrvfhrvfgrf Says...

    On December 10, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    i dont agree with this. all your saying is that technology is good because america has huge weapons that scare off other countries from attacking them, this doesnt mean technology has a positive effect on mankind, it just means that other countries are going to continue to make even bigger weapons and possibly cause a war bigger than any war we’ve ever seen.


  12. sh23s Says...

    On December 27, 2008 at 5:46 am

    What do you think about entertainment technologies?
    how they effect the human nature both in positive and negative way?


  13. chelsea Says...

    On January 8, 2009 at 9:18 am

    oh how nice… it made a lot of sense… oh and like #12 asked how about entertainment technologies?


  14. Ochi sunny collins ochim Says...

    On February 23, 2009 at 1:54 am

    technology has done and will certainly do more harm than good to humanity. the state of nature is and will ever be the best.


  15. jane Says...

    On March 2, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    whither we like it or not technology is here to stay. it will continue to advance and so will we together as a society. but with our advantages comes our disadvantages like global warming and pollution. but we should look for sollutions to those problems and mke them become apart of our advantages.


  16. o sh*t! i lost my f**king car! Says...

    On March 2, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    this article is not very good for research… this just flat out sucks!


  17. o sh*t! i lost my f**king car! Says...

    On March 2, 2009 at 4:06 pm

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  18. o sh*t! i lost my f**king car! Says...

    On March 2, 2009 at 4:07 pm

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  19. o sh*t! i lost my f**king car! Says...

    On March 2, 2009 at 4:08 pm

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  20. Evan Says...

    On April 7, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Although this article was informative, it did not and cannot help me, simply due to the fact that it is not credible, nor is it even remotely accurate in reference to its’ thesis. It did not do anything but merely mention technologies other than nuclear weapons, which are by far not the most important technologies to have come about since the mid 1940’s.
    Perhaps if this article actually displayed BOTH sides evenly and mentioned more than a one-sided, biased opinion of technological importance, and also dropped the idea of “American” world order, then it would be accurate enough to be used as a research document. Overall, I was highly disappointed that this article only touched, and I mean lightly touched, the idea of technology playing a role in society with greater respects than towards nuclear weapons..


  21. Frank Says...

    On April 14, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Why don’t we consider the goals of technology? From what I understand, they include comfort, ease, occasionally knowledge for knowledge’s sake, safety, health, and faster access to what we want and need. These things are fine to a point (and admittedly health is a good thing to pursue at all times), but aren’t we made stronger through problems and trials? Don’t we become lazy as everything is placed at our finger tips? I don’t mean to condemn technology, but if its alienating us from nature, fellow humans, and reality, maybe we should consider dropping it, or severely limiting its use. I definitely think the people of wealthy and technologically advanced countries (such as America) need to get away from technology once in awhile and do things for themselves.
    I don’t know if technology is by its very nature evil, but it certainly is if it’s developed and adopted without question or thought. Honestly, technology has probably caused as many problems as it has solved, and we shouldn’t just assume, as most today do, that it’s continuing progress is good for humanity.


  22. yuguklul Says...

    On May 4, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    cool


  23. gio Says...

    On June 1, 2009 at 6:23 am

    hi.tnx sa lahat ng naitulong ng web nin-u sa akin at sa iba pang mga tao gumagamit at tumatangkilik sa internet..

    maraming salamat po sa in-u!


  24. Telling You How It Is Says...

    On August 12, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    This article is a narrow minded and poorly thought out. So I’m not even touching the article. But, to tabitha: Are you so ignorrant to think that all races in the world HAVE to be equal. No one will argue that some breeds of dogs are better than other, or some breeds of horses are better than others for specific tasks. I say for specific tasks for a reason. While a Thoroughbred is more suited for racing longer distances and conserving energy a Quarter horse has a definite advantage at running a shorter distance at full pace. These two horses are not then equal by any means. How can you look at two completely different things and call them equal? I don’t have any problems with any race. I do not wish anyone dead just because they look act or think different than I do. However, everyone is NOT equal as you have been so dillegently brainwashed to think. No matter how hard you close your eyes and wish, people on earth are never going to be equal.


  25. TJR Says...

    On September 10, 2009 at 2:16 am

    I believe what Tabitha meant to say was that each race has its own unique feature. Each race and culture has a specific feature where it is superior to the other, and as such should be respected and valued and none can claim total superiority as all cultures have their specific flaws and weaknesses.


  26. Em Says...

    On November 18, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    To the first guy- Praiz… Your an idiot if you really beleive that people lived to be hundreds and thousands of years old. With their diet and lack of technology, there’s no scientific evidence that supports that they could live past 70 years old. Technology only improved our lifespan.


  27. other obama Says...

    On December 21, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    yaaaa obama


  28. punk divae!!! Says...

    On January 13, 2010 at 10:43 am

    i jus want to say that this was a nice article but it didnt really mention the positive or negative effects of technology which lead to me not finishing my assignment. anyway it did erupt alot of arguments which helped alot for me


  29. Suraj shrivastav Says...

    On January 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Do u think we r safe in human race


  30. Sarahhhhhh Says...

    On January 31, 2010 at 1:03 am

    You can say that technology is detrimental, but can any of you imagine your lives without phones or cameras? After all, you used your computer to comment on this article. You also wanted to find out something new, so, you googled ‘What are the effects of technology on society?’. I know I did. So, if you agree that the advances of technology is ruining our lives, stop submitting articles on the internet looking like a hypocrite.


  31. Eric Says...

    On February 23, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I think the people saying technology is bad are hypocritical. Did you not just use technology to try to tell people not to use it? Or are you using some figment of your imaginations that is not a computer, cell phone, or anything else you may have to go on the internet. Also, technology ensures saftey.


  32. Uug Says...

    On February 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Technology is quite a broad term, but it suffices. Honestly, technology is just like most other man made products: There will be pros and cons. Look at television for example. Yes, it can be entertaining (although I don’t watch television a lot), and convenient, but the more Americans watch television, the more America becomes a fatter nation. Television is not the only cause, but If Americans in general were to spend one half of their television watching time doing a more strenuous activity (say, biking), less and less people would be overweight. This article deliberately omits any detriments, and doesn’t provide a counter example to any objections another person may have. My point: Technology is good and bad at the same time. There are no opposing sides, but rather just a gray area.


  33. nirck k. landstrick Says...

    On March 8, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I agree with this article but I think he should have also mentioned the bad side of technology


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  35. Aris Dagun Says...

    On March 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    beotch


  36. john Says...

    On March 31, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    wow all you guys are really mess up in the head just let life do its thing quit complaining!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  37. PunchingWalls101 Says...

    On April 27, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Dude, this article sucks if you are looking for information on a research paper. Try to revise it to put in more facts.


  38. milo Says...

    On May 28, 2010 at 2:02 am

    dum dum a television is technology …
    a pencil—- techhnology
    rubber— technology
    lemon juicer– technology

    anything that makes life more efficient is a technological device

    this article is good in the sense that you find a credible source and then completely slander this one… harsh i know, good points were made and lets be honest here… no aricle exists that is completely free from subjectivity….

    what he did negate to discuss was the social disadvantages of technology including deindividualisation… blase attitudes… reduction of qualitative values to quantitative terms.

    in saying that i believe technology and society have an interconnected co-dependent, co-productive relationship. technology only has power over us individuals when the rate of technological advancements surpasses the rate of which humans mentifacts adjust to such change


  39. jordan Says...

    On August 24, 2010 at 7:58 am

    technology help us to make our work easy and fast. And it makes our cycle of life easy and fast .hahahah


  40. ChoirKitten Says...

    On September 1, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Technology is taking away our humanity. Every hour we spend on the computers, takes a little bit of our ability to have relationships with people away. Things like facebook say “Connect with old friends!” but all your doing is staring at a computer screen. Most people can’t go 10 minutes without staring at a computer screen, or looking at their phone when they’re alone. I challenge you to stay away from technology for a night and see how you feel afterward.


  41. sarah_G-thugg :) Says...

    On September 26, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    how could i source this article and website?
    anyone?


  42. The 7th of a 7th Says...

    On October 8, 2010 at 9:17 am

    hcfverfvrvfhrvfgrf: you do realize if our wepons scard off other contries 9/11 would never hvae happend


  43. ruled_o9 Says...

    On October 16, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Although technology help us to make our work easy and faster, I say it can also brought nothing to our world, because as you can see our world becomes poor and destroy it.


  44. xhelaih217 Says...

    On December 8, 2010 at 2:38 am

    yeah i like this article too because..
    i need it for our research paper.,
    “wooo”


  45. belaih21795 Says...

    On December 8, 2010 at 2:59 am

    well.
    for me it woulD change our life.
    it can HELP us.
    but IT ALSO give a DISADVANTAGES.
    there should have a limitations about USING it.
    and properly.,


  46. lilky Says...

    On January 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    it fine !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  47. tj Says...

    On January 18, 2011 at 12:10 am

    try not to be nerds and quit talking about technology you sycopaths.


  48. abubakr Says...

    On January 18, 2011 at 12:11 am

    u r border


  49. mohsen almojahidi Says...

    On January 18, 2011 at 12:13 am

    chini hatha la walahi hatha chithib


  50. poop Says...

    On January 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    tj ur gay


  51. jj Says...

    On January 24, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    technology is the way we live our life and it sucks it only maken us real lazy like can u believe we have bathroom that have toliets that flush on their own and sumtimes the damn thing flush by itself when u not even finish and we have stairs that move in the mall so u dnt have to walk how lazy is that? And instead of rasing you lazy fat arms and knockin on people door u have door bells to ring.


  52. bob Says...

    On January 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    i personally think this is boring but i like pizza. oh this is literally bob like im the singer


  53. abby Says...

    On February 1, 2011 at 10:42 am

    We’ll we guys don’t need to argue whether this article states negative or positive sides on how technology really affects our society and even our everyday life. What you guys have said above are all helpful in distinguishing the differences that technology has brought about. Everything that technology has given us did helped us in different yet significant things. Let’s just leave the last decision to you. YOURSELF. If you think that technology is just a mere distraction to our daily lives, go and encourage others to stop using them But again, I have mentioned that it does a lot of things regarding our daily living. Let’s just learn how to limit ourselves in using machines or computers or anything that is or was a product of technology :)


  54. jason Says...

    On February 13, 2011 at 9:48 am

    this article really sucks!!!!


  55. MANNY PACMAN PAQIAO Says...

    On February 27, 2011 at 3:01 am

    ALL OF YOU ARE SO DUMBELL..!!!!!


  56. Mr. Says...

    On April 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Very useful for my papers and i thank you for publishing such an great article!


  57. Book Enthusiast Says...

    On May 12, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Technology is no excuse to be illiterate. Pick up a book, dumbasses.


  58. 15 young of age. Says...

    On June 13, 2011 at 8:56 am

    technology have negative effects also..
    like computer.. people are being addicted to it .
    playing games , some students are not attending to there class just to play games ..
    some of theme , doing cyber sex ,which is not right .


  59. mrs zero five Says...

    On June 22, 2011 at 11:05 am

    i like it


  60. Somebody with a brain Says...

    On July 31, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    TJ ur just an ignorant scumbag, ’stop being nerds’ who do you think developed the technoloies that you use daily? not ignorant morons such as yourself. go get some knowledge and a brain


  61. Tom Says...

    On August 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Humankind. Technology is a result of solving working real world challenges. Technology makes it possible for 1 human to cultivate enough food to feed 150 humans. Technology makes it possible that a woman can take a pill and not get pregnant during her young adult years, and still have a very active sex life. Technology makes it possible that white racist cops are held accountable when members of the public have portable video cameras and access to the web? 30,000 eye surgeries a year are possible because high tech lasers are good a ‘cleaning up’ bad eyesight… you couldn’t produce 30,000 seeing eye dog per year! I can live in Missouri and talk to my Dad who is visiting Sweden as if he is in the chair next to me…technology. Practical, valuable and empowerment from genius… technology at its best. Downside, humans without technology are the new underclass.


  62. asdfjklmn Says...

    On August 30, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    although technology have improved many lives, there are many aspects of society that it has worsen


  63. mixah!! Says...

    On October 11, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    i think that technology is one of the greatest inventions mankind has created. it helps us in so many ways its un thinkable. though there are some side effects like obesity and arthritis, there are also the plusses like entertainment, music, games, research abilities all in the safety and comfortability of your home! All of these great features are a life choice. if someone wants to waste away getting fat over a television screen its their choice. no one is holding a gun to your head saying you have to watch tv or go on facebook. like anything we do in life, it is a choice, and you can just say no. its not that hard.


  64. media internships Says...

    On November 23, 2011 at 8:21 am

    these advancements really impact us. well written.


  65. Rajj Chua Muslimin Says...

    On December 11, 2011 at 2:49 am

    yes technology really makes our daily living so easy! but despite of that, are we aware of its negative effects not only to our family but in general, the whole world. i can’t immagine the impact of technology in the coming years. I conclude, we will be interacting robots in our environment.


  66. Bobo's Baby Says...

    On January 25, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Everyone who is against technology is an asshole and is very stupid……did you not just use your computer or phone to google the advantages and disadvantages?


  67. austin Says...

    On March 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Why do you people compare so much? Are whole lives are founded on comparison. It sucks the natural peace out of life, humanity has forced there way up to the top of the food chain and now we have the ablity to determine the faith of the earth, with the choices we make as a species.


  68. PIUS Says...

    On March 27, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Beautiful article.Truly reflective.Rich in content !


  69. Mwelase Says...

    On May 23, 2012 at 7:10 am

    i dont understand why some people find a way to turn such a good debate about technology into a race argument. Why do some people turn this into an arena of insulting people with different opinions? Techonlogy is broad. there are some forms of technology that we can not live without and some are totally unnecessary though we still continue to make use of them. However some of the new technologies are very useful, though our excessive use of them can be detrimental to society hence the need for people to set limits on how they use these technologies. At the end of the day we can not excape the fact that we need technology and that our lack of discipline in developing and using technology is endangering our planet and continued ignorance will compromise the future of our generations. As for praising nueclear weapons for helping stop the “world war 2″, i think the author needs to be reminded that that was not the 1st war in the world. so many wars have been fought using the simplest forms of technology which did not have lasting effects as did the atomic bombs in japan had. you may say the atomic bombs took lives and saved many more, however i say they did not just take lives, they continued to take even in following generation and thier effects are still felt today…. Commenting from Africa.


  70. Melissa Says...

    On December 7, 2012 at 2:48 am

    I love technology but, there only talking about the positives here. I mean since the industry revolution the carbon immitions we have been producing with all the technology we’ve created has brought the oxygen levels way down from 28% to like 10%. If we reach 7% all major cities around the world won’t be liviable. And then what are we gonna do? Turn all remote and country towns into giant industrious towns like we do to the major cities. And ruin our planet. Our extinction will be our fault.
    And on a side note, humanity, these generations of children are completely and utterly dependent and controlled by any technological devises they own. People use it for everyday purposes communication, transactions, entertainment, to get somewhere, etc. And by controlled I mean you get a text or someone face books you or whatever social media, people have a tendency of checking it straight away, and wait no matter how long they just wait. I mean some people wouldn’t even have a social life if it wasn’t for technology.
    And the fact the the human species are getter fatter and lazier by the day, because of easiness of everything technology is giving us, I mean let me just say that with extensive research in ancient history humans are not meant for sedentary life. It’s not how we’re program. As great as it is and it’s a great working society but its making us less aware of the actual world around us.

    Lets just say hypothetically that technology and machinery were to fail all of a sudden world wide, some how everything we created stopped working and we couldn’t do anything to fix it.
    What Would You Do?
    Answer me.


  71. Hobbes Says...

    On December 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Don’t you all see? Technology is the great human experiment. Thousands of years ago we came out of the cave and saw the stars. This is the endless improvement, the unbroken chain of knowledge and discovery.
    Certainly, we will fail at times, but to give up is to go back into the cave. To err is human; to be satisfied with your world is to be an animal. We have been given a gift, and to not press on into the brave new world ahead of us is the only mistake we can’t afford.


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