Comparing Technology from the era of Early 1920s to Present. How has it shaped your life?
The technology around us today affects both our leisure activities as well as our daily work activities. It has influenced the minds of people in bad and good ways. It has enabled people share information that they would never have dreamt of. Although not everyone has a credit card or owns a computer today, information about everyone is available in a computer somewhere (Richards, 2002). In fact, information technology is being hitched and manipulated in harmful ways especially by the young people. Information technology is a driving force for the future. The profound implications of technology today cannot be understood or measured quantitatively. The numerous elements of technology today affect people’s satisfaction with life. It changes how happy, healthy, and how safe people feel. Since history, people have been searching for better ways of satisfying and fulfilling their expectations. Technology has influenced and improved the manner in which people do all manner of things. It has also touched other areas of human life including healthcare, job satisfaction, education, and how they spend leisure time. Since people rely on technology in production of virtually all goods and services today, this era is referred to as the technological age.
The radio transformed the way people were entertained as well as the way they accessed various information. The Radio was the sole means of communication used by Military for the Navy ships. Radio was the sole means of communication by 1920. In fact, the Radio programs, just like TV programs today, were famous methods of entertaining (Saleh & Palgrave, 2010). People sat around the Radio listening to news, drama, soap operas, mystery as well as children’s programs. It is unimaginable how life would be without televisions. Going back to early 1920’s before the TV was born, people talked of radio movies. The first television that contained blurry pictures and a postage-stamp like screen was witnessed in early 1930’s. In fact, television images began improving during the late 1930’s all through to 1early 1940’s. The broadcasting firms aired programs that brought people together to watch the interesting shows. Since then, the television technology continues making great progress. Television has become a faster form of mass communication relative to radios (Richards, 2002). TV programming continue growing rapidly. Major developments include addition of video recorders, remote controls, color TVs satellite and cable TV. Furthermore, exciting and newer developments are underway for television audiences.
Since the early 1920s, the communication systems have changed tremendously. From those bulky analog phones to handy and tiny cell phones used today. Telephone lines were the initial form of communication allowing people to connect across the country. The use of cell phones increased twenty times between 1990 and 2000 as more people across the world enjoyed their convenience. Today, the telephone lines have internet and fax information. Touch screen technology is the latest discovery in the phone industry (Saleh & Palgrave, 2010). It allows the users to move things simply on their screen, magnify them, and scroll them with a finger.
Computers are one of those 20th century’s technological surprises. In fact, with those 19th and early 20th centuries’ improvements and inventions, it was unthinkable if life could become any better. The invention of computer has changed not only the lives of people, but also the operation of industries and running of businesses across the world (Richards, 2002). Computers have made jobs easier and faster as well as giving human being easy access to knowledge and information. During its earliest form, the computer was like a mathematical calculator that could not multitask. The improvements made on the computer enabled it to perform many tasks as well as storing more information. Today, the development of computer applications and programs makes the use of computers easy. People can share and store large volumes of information. Furthermore, computers today allow people to learn in an easy, quick and affordable manner.
Comparing the present life with the past, it is noticeable how technology has changed the lives of people. It has provided the human being with plenty of freedom as well as time and money savings. However, it is impossible to give a particular technology type credit for the changes experienced today. The extent to which a country’s economy has grown can be determined by measuring the country’s achieved level of technology. By simplifying the manufacturing process, improving the transport system, extending people’s life span, and enhancing communication, technology has transformed the human existence (Moskowitz, 2016). Arguably, a cell phone is a major piece of technology that has turned around people’s lives. In fact, phones have been considered a real show of civilization in the 21st century. The use of internet grows faster that one can imagine every passing day. Today, internet is like the largest force driving technology. Literally, the internet links over seven million people across the world. This piece of technology is undoubtedly improving the way people communicate as well as the way we educate. Internet allows people to access information on virtually everything any time from all corners. The internet provides the users with an easy platform for solving their urgent problems. It has enabled the users to satisfy their needs as well as fulfilling their expectations.
The technological revolution has introduced customized web pages, chat rooms, databases and discussion rooms that allow people to get in touch 24 hours. Information technology features such as video conferencing, emails and text messaging have turned around communication by bridging the distance gap. The technological advancements have undoubtedly hit the whole world with a bang. It has definitely transformed the manner in which we live in many ways making everything look possible, faster and easier (Saleh & Palgrave, 2010). Today, it is not a must to be physically somewhere in order to communicate with a person or a group of people or to undertake a particular task. Since inception, the use of internet has improved rapidly with the introduction of smartphones and personal computers. This has in turn made global communication reachable to billions of people. Furthermore, the online access to google maps and has improved travel across the world. The online banking today allows people to shop with their computers or cell phones.
Numerous discoveries in technology have dramatically changed the way we do things. Text messages, email or electronic cards have killed the greeting cards and other physical cards. People no longer find it necessary to pay postage in order to send physical cards. People are now using the internet to date as well as to hook up with potential spouses (Moskowitz, 2016). Those days of visiting people in their houses to chat are gone since the internet and smartphones have introduced virtual chats to replace the traditional ones. Reading has been made easier with the introduction of tablets, electronic readers and smart phones. Learners no longer need to carry around books if they don’t feel like carrying. People no longer use the traditional routes for information sharing. The invention of social networks allows them to share everything anytime from anywhere. Additionally, parenting has changed with the introduction of internet. Parents are now teaching their children about digital etiquette as well as warning them cyber-crime and other online dangers. Furthermore, people’s experience with their televisions has really evolved. People can now decide what to watch, when to watch, and the manner in which they want to watch. Unlike in the past, people are no longer prisoners to a television.
In summary, technology has been integrated to people’s lives today unlike in the past. In fact, technology has taken over people’s lives so that without it causes severe anxiety. People’s personal and professional lives are now entirely dependent on technology. Admittedly, the present and the future generations cannot picture how their lives can be without technology. Empirically, 15% of the households owned a personal computers in United States. This percentage had grown to 75% by the end of 2011 (Moskowitz, 2016). Today, virtually all households owns either a desktop computer, tablet, smartphone or a GPS-enabled car. Technology has streamlined life in ways that nobody could have thought a couple of years ago. It has played a significant role in virtually all areas affecting human life including business, transport sector, education, healthcare and communication. In a nutshell, although technology has impacted the society both negatively and positively, the pros of technology far outshine the cons. undoubtedly, without technology today and in the coming days, life would become almost meaningless.
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