The Advance of Technology, The Positive and Negative Impacts: How should we deal with it?

The Advance of Technology, The Positive and Negative Impacts: How should we deal with it?


Do you notice that the advance of technology nowadays is inevitable? Wherever we go, whenever it is, it seems we cannot live without tools as the product of the advance of technology. Willy-nilly, this advancement has changed almost everything, including the way we trade, the way we travel, the way we study, the way we communicate, etc. In many things, the advancement of technology has both immediate and non-immediate effects towards our daily life.

The development of technology from time to time has made our life easier. By using a small tool like a smartphone, we can do many things from making a long-distant communication to studying and doing online trading and transaction. However, besides having some positive impacts, advanced technology also has some negative impacts on various aspects of our life.

Here are some impacts of the advance of technology towards various aspects of our life:
1.      Industrial Economy
In the industrial-economical aspect, technology has both positive and negative impacts. The positive impacts are:
1)    The increase of the world productivity level
2)    The increase in economic growth
3)    The cause of industrialization

The negative impacts include:
1)    The increase of unemployment for people who lack the qualified skill
2)    The decline of morality, the increase of consumerism, improvidence, and instant lifestyle

2.      Socio-culture
In the socio-cultural aspect, technology has both positive and negative impacts. The positive impacts are:
1)    The rise of discipline, persistent, and hardworking generation as a result of high pressure of global competition in many aspects of life
2)    The increase of self-confidence
3)    The easy way to do social fundraising more widely

The negative impacts include:
1)    The shift of interactional pattern of human beings, from direct contact to indirect contact through technology
2)    The increase of individualism
3)    The growing cheat especially in online trading and transaction

3.      Education
In the educational aspect, technology has both positive and negative impacts as well. The positive impacts include:
1)    Newly invented innovation of modern learning method
2)    Ease of finding educational information and data such as a journal, research findings, and so on
3)    Ease and flexibility in the teaching and learning activities
4)    The emergence of web-based information system and online application such as school website and online learning report for parents
5)    Technology makes easy for teachers to deliver materials, e.g. using an LED projector to present learning materials to students.

The negative impacts include:
1)    The use of technology at school makes the school fees higher and more expensive. However, the higher fees commonly equal to the final outcome of the students’ quality.
2)    The decrease of literary culture, the decline of traditional in-library reading habit due to  the practicality of online reading through smartphone or laptop
3)    Technology, especially when misused, can lower the students’ learning achievement.


4.      Agriculture
In the agricultural aspect, technology also has both positive and negative impacts. The positive impacts include:
1)    The varieties of plants become richer and have more superior qualities
2)    The process of cultivation of the rice field is easier and faster
3)    By using technology, farmers can work on the wider field.
4)    Farmers can yield and gain more than they can without using technology

One of the negative impacts of technology in agriculture is the higher cost of the production.

As we learn the facts above, the advance of technology has been able to help us in many ways. However, it can also cause harm to us, especially when technology is misused. Therefore, it is the wisdom of ours in using technology that can close the gap between positive and negative impacts, so that we can optimize the benefits of technological advancement.

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