ICT: The Good & The Bad.
Many of the old boring jobs can now be done by a computer, which leaves workers to do more interesting tasks. •
Computerization has improved levels of productivity, which means that workers need to work shorter hours and still maintain the same standard of living. •
Businesses in the US must use ICT in order to keep up with their competitors in other countries. •
Without ICT many things would not be possible (e.g. Credit cards, digital television, DVDs, space travel, mobile telephones). •
ICT has created many new jobs; such as software development. More people can work from home rather than have to travel to an office every day. •
Life without ICT tends to be slower and less stressful.
Computerization of many jobs in industry (e.g. manufacturing) has led to unemployment. •
Many of the new ICT jobs require high levels of skills and/or qualifications, and are not easily filled by older, less ICT-literate workers. •
ICT has increased the amount of work many workers have to do, and they often have to work longer hours. •
Many ICT jobs (e.g. data entry) are just as boring as the jobs they replaced. •
The storage of personal data on computer systems has eroded people’s privacy. •
ICT systems often fail at inconvenient times – leaving businesses unable to function because they are so dependant on ICT. •
Robots now do many manual tasks in factories = unemployment of workers. •
Many manufacturing tasks are 24/7 – they take place for twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week – and are constantly monitored and controlled by computers that require human supervision. (Can also be a Good thing) •
There are fewer paper-based data systems in offices and this has lead to the replacement of filing clerks by data entry clerks. (Can also be a Good thing) •
It is rare for people to stay in the same job for more than a few years because changes and developments in technology require regular retraining as old jobs...
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