This is something that people discuss frequently. Back in the day where you couldn’t solve all your problems via Google, did people really venture into an encyclopedia? It seems we have all became greatly dependent upon technology in our daily lives, not even just for social reasons but also for business. With video conferencing, emailing, and everyone constantly attached to their mobile phone, it seems even human contact for the business world is not necessary these days. This increase in the different modes of communication available enables international businesses to liaise, without expensive flight costs and the equally important loss of productive work time. This instantaneous communication therefore greatly supports the world of business.
Even on our journey towards the working world, technology plays a substantial role in our university life. Like most UoB students if ‘WebCT’ goes down I’m lost! It is something of a norm now for universities to make use of these online blackboard systems. Students have access to their lecture and seminar preparation, exam questions, feedback and so on, without endless pieces of paper and at the click of a button.
But I’ll bring us back to my initial question now, what did we do before technology? As I have noted technology is not just an additional extra to provide entertainment but it is a vital part of our daily lives. Therefore it seems impossible for us to comprehend how people coped. I think its pretty safe to say however, that most things that feel vital to us are not essential and instead as merely speed up the process increasing efficiency. Nevertheless we wouldn’t want to be without them!
Therefore to what extent should we rely on technology? If a companies system goes down it often brings business to a halt. As I mentioned, if WebCT goes down, it can bring students work to a halt. Consequently, I believe we have to appreciate the benefits of all that technology brings whilst stopping ourselves from becoming so dependent upon it that in the odd (luckily infrequent) times where technology fails us, life goes on!