Human Dependency on Information Technology:
Social and Ethical implications
Life without computers is unimaginable for today's society. The questionable outcomes of recent advancements in information technology are very controversial when it comes to social and ethical implications. The way in which humans have evolved and involved themselves with technology over the past centuries is to a great extent. As human beings, being dependent variables in the cycle of life is only natural when we are depending on natural resources such as food and water, but is it okay to become dependent on independent variables that are created by humans to better serve humanity? Social and ethical implications are indeed caused by human dependency on information technology. With relation to human dependency on information technology, the social implications of insecurities, childhood internet addiction, and the ethical implications of replacing human labor with machines, along with the use of ubiquitous technology will be discussed in this essay. One must ponder, is human reliance on technology that variable in life which halted the evolution of human beings?
Throughout life, the social development in ones character is an ongoing process. There is never an end to the amount of social experience one can take in, across millions of cultures and backgrounds. In many instances information technology is thought to have increased the social aspect of our lives since we have developed networking programs which are designed for the purpose of finding friends and getting to know people across the globe. Although this is true, the face to face social aspect should also be considered, one in which two or more persons experience direct responses without a node in-between. Social networking websites such as Facebook or Twitter can be seen as a gateway for people with insecurities who don't possess the self esteem or confidence to have intimate relationships with people face to face. "Young people with low self-esteem and those who lack a good relationship with their parents seem to turn more often to the internet for intimate communication"(Centre for Media Culture and Communication Technology, 2012). When such cases are presented, it is hard to say that the social networking site has a positive influence on the persons social skills. In fact knowing that there will always be an alternative method for communicating inner feelings, the individual will instinctively never want to try doing it face to face.
childhood internet addiction is another social implication of human dependency on information technology. With the influence and availability given to children by their elders, children are inheriting the dependency on IT at an earlier age. It is apparent that internet addiction promotes behavioral symptoms associated with other sources of addiction. "Compulsive internet use seems to produce the same type of tolerance and withdrawal as other addictions" (Dr. Dave N. Greenfield, 2000). Now imagine a middle school student smoking a joint or snorting a line of cocaine. Clearly childhood internet addiction is not an issue to be taken lightly. Giving into a child's demands for gadgets in place of toys will only hurt them in the future, let alone lead to the deterioration of their life at home in respect to actually spending time with their family members.
Over the years, the human labor force is slowly becoming obsolete as small tasks which were previously done by people are now being assigned to automated machine. Where did automation really start though? "Automation actually started with Nikola Tesla, who coined the word "tele-automaton," or remotely controlled automatic figure or object. In 1893, he demonstrated that he could transmit electrical energy without wires by remotely controlling a model boat's passage in a shallow water tank in Saint Louis"(Malone, 2008). This idea of remotely controlling a machine through electrical...
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