My perspectives on technology for the most part have always been positive. After reading a few articles a while back on how technology has lead to the death of empathy I began to see clearly how technology can be very detrimental at times. Social media has become a huge attribute to the misuse of technology. We are living in the digital age where the internet is becoming almost inescapable. Everything is involving the web or higher forms of technology in all divisions of life. Like personal development, education, careers, religion, and greatly seen in holmes. Everything is on social media, and it has become a center point for news, connection and communication. The recent advances in technology have been very beneficial, socially in society due to its new forms of connectivity and convenience, but technology has been increasingly detrimental to the human race because as a nation we are becoming less personable and are collectively lacking empathy for one another. Andrew Lam writes about in his article I tweet, Therefore I am, instances where a tragic event was occurring and the immediate reaction for the observer was to take out their phone and record the event. For example he uses the situation when Bill Nye the Science Guy fainted on stage, and students attending the lecture instead of rushing to help took out their phones recorded, took pictures, and posted to social media. Lam claims that, “Perhaps the most troubling consequence of devoting so much attention, to the virtual world is the death of empathy.”(Andrew Lam)
Writers such as Andrew Lam and Sherry Turkle have used Digital Anthropology which is the study of the relationship between humanity and technology have been really instrumental in locating the many problems that occur through technology.Overall through their findings technology to them is seen to be more detrimental to society than beneficial. I agree that technology is not always beneficial, but I would not conclude that it is ruining society, and that there is no hope left to re-instil the values of humanity that are being lost. When technology is used correctly its advantages outweigh its disadvantages by far. As a society our focus should be on fixing what is setting us back as a nation and how we can recover the values of humanity we once had.
Has Technology really been beneficial to society?