Technology and Lifestyles

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Technology with its rapid growing speed is influencing old ways of doing daily affairs. We don't need to do much effort to handle different tasks and chores since all of them will be done in a matter of pushing a button. While it is true that technology has brought comfort to our lives, nearly all of us can confess that technology by itself has got a lot of disadvantages that in long term can cause a lot of side effects either physically or emotionally. Due to the spread of wide range of webs (Internet) and other services provided by mobile phones, ipods, etc., the concept of time and distance has been vanished and therefore people can keep in touch with each other in a much easier way. The negative side lies on the fact that people keep in touch in a virtual world, not natural. Furthermore, it is safe to state that Internet and other means of communication usually fail to transmit and transfer emotional feelings and thoughts. People can convey their attitudes and thoughts much more effectively when they are face to face rather than by simple objects that only serve to send messages and communicate people without the complexity of human feelings and emotions. What is technology? The World English Dictionary states that it is “the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science and pure science”. Other definitions also establish that it is the making, modification, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems or methods of organization, in order to solve a problem, improve a preexisting solution to a problem, achieve a goal or perform a specific function. What is a lifestyle? The same dictionary states that they are “the habits, attitudes, tastes, moral standards, economic level, etc., that together constitute the mode of living of an individual or group”. This influenced by their culture, job and family which helps the individual understand the psychological, physical, social and economic environment. The behaviors and practices within lifestyles are a mixture of habits, conventional ways of doing things, and reasoned actions. Each person chooses a unique lifestyle to go about their daily lives with. A lifestyle defines who you are and how you choose to deal with many conflicts and issues that arise in your life. How can we relate both technology and lifestyles? Technology sources are the tools which have been developed over time to aid us in our lifestyles and increase our comfort levels and efficiency. Technology sources can be said to have been in our lives since the beginning of times, be it electricity, utensils, telephones, medicinal discoveries, transportation, etc., everything was added to our comfort and performance. Technology has definitely affected the lifestyle of humans, for right or for wrong, since it has been used for different purposes in all the aspects of human life which modify the way we perceive reality and in which we live. In politics, technologies are employed for different resolutions, either to communicate with people, to transmit ideas, or to control individuals through these. Through technology, most of the people are exposed to publicities, political campaigns, or to the current political situation (mobile phones, televisions, computers, or even means of transportation covered with images, etc). In fact, nowadays it can be seen in countries like Argentina that the government controls several television channels, the ones that are more seen and that broadcast many news programmes, making sure that nobody criticizes them nor the government. (otro ejemplo, fútbol para todos) By controlling the media, people may change the way they perceive reality since in most cases they are shaped by what they see and hear and due to the environment in which they are raised. This clearly...
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