Technology affects the way individuals communicate, learn, and think. It helps define society and determines how one interacts with others on a daily basis.
Technology has both positive and negative affects on society including the possible improvement or declination of society. Society is defined as, "the sum of social relationships among human beings" and technology is defined as, "the body of knowledge available to a civilization that is of use in fashioning implements, practicing manual arts and skills, and extracting or collecting materials." Technology shapes our society and has both positive and negative affects.
One aspect of technology that has had great impact upon society is mechanical inventions. Before machines were invented everything had to be handmade. For example, before automobiles were invented many citizens' means of transportation was the wagon. While the automobile industry did eliminate the need for individuals whose occupation was making wagons, it also created numerous job opportunities including work in factories and on assembly lines. The obvious positive affect of such a change was the efficiency such inventions created in the lives of everyday citizens. However, as is the case with any change, society had to reevaluate the traditions that had for so long been in place, creating a sense of tension and unrest for those not ready for the change. This is only one example of how technology has affected society both positively and negatively.
Technology has made huge advancements in the way that we communicate with others. Phones, e-mails, instant messenger, and the Internet are all a part of the technology today's citizens take for granted. However, with these new and improved forms of communication and information accessing comes unforeseen problems and glitches. The Internet, while making all information only a click away, has also had negativ