CAUSE AND EFFECT PAPER: TECHNOLOGY Every time period is controlled by one major force. As we begin the new millennium, we realize that this era will be governed by technology. In just ten years, we have developed an abundance of technological innovations. These conveniences, including the computer and world wide web, cellular phone and satellite television, have effected us tremendously, making our lives both better and easier. The effects of this Technological Revolution are not all progressive, as there are consequences to this new world as well.
Today the most significant innovation available to us is the computer, known best as a source to explore the worldwide web. This vast network of websites has allowed us to sell merchandise, download songs, advertise companies, research, send electronic mail and converse with friends instantly. The newly-developed website, eBay. com, is the world's first person-to-person online trading community. Just about any item is able to be found in the numerous auctions which make up this website. Not only can one bid on these items at discounted prices but, he or she is also able to sell merchandise found within their own home. As eBay. com is useful for buying and selling, napster. com is effective for downloading complete songs by various artists; it is no longer necessary to purchase a CD to hear your favorite song, you can simply download it from this site.
Electronic mail can be sent worldwide to friends and family through the web as well. Although the worldwide web has several meaningful purposes, it has it's disadvantages too. Not only can friendly mail be sent from person to person, viruses, able to destroy a computer's hard-drive, can also be sent. Not only could your computer be destroyed through the seemingly innocent e-mail, you may also loose your personal touch.
Gone are the days of personal conversation with your friends; these conventional dialogues have been replaced with e-messages, where typing substitutes speech. Certainly, the online network of websites has its uses, but with viruses impeding and personal contact loss, one must question whether the web is superior to traditional means of communication. Not only has the computer made advancements in the world of communication, the cellular phone has done so as well. These compact phones offer the same amenities as a full-size phone, but are portable from place to place. Traditional telephones are great communicators, when the person needing to be contacted is at home, unlikely in the today's busy society. With a cellular phone, one can be contacted wherever he / she is located, making these phones exceptionally useful.
Cellular communication is also effective in emergency situations. For example, if one were to be involved in a highway accident, a cellular phone could quickly contact a towing company, where as a traditional phone would be useless. Although they are extremely helpful, cellular phones can also endanger lives. It is highly popular for people to converse with others on these portable phones while driving.
While talking on the phone, one is no longer paying attention to the road ahead but the conversation they are engaged in. Situations can easily be rectified with these small phones, but in this process lives may also be lost, as many road accidents have been attributed to the use of cell phones while driving. Both computers and cellular phones have made substantial progress in the area of transmission, but technology has also furthered our means of entertainment. Instead of basic cable boxes, many homes now contain satellite dishes. With these systems, a television no longer has fifty or sixty channels but hundreds. It seems as though we are never satisfied and always need more options.
With these selections, everyone has something to watch on television, thus lessening the need for people to leave their house. This effect of technology seems border line dangerous, as all other aspects of life may be abandoned. People no longer leave to exercise or go out to see a movie. Not only will the health of individuals suffer, but also their quality of life. The profusion of technology created within the last has effected society negatively and positively. The world wide web, cellular phone and satellite TV has many benefits, but users should be cautious not to overuse these innovations.
A healthy balance between traditional communication and entertainment and technology is the best solution for the problems we have with technology as of now. Yet, there is no denying that technology will be improved; the new millennium is just beginning!