How far do you think industrialisation and technology have impacted on the family institution?
Technology and industrialisation have a great impact on the family institution to large extents. Technology has contributed to the growth of industries. It is the growth of a society in which a major role is played by manufacturing industry. Technology is affecting quality time.
Functionalists believe that industrialisation led to an increase in the nuclear family type. The nuclear family is a type of family that consists of just two generations; that is parents and their children. According to Wilmott and Young, two functionalists the number of nuclear families only increased and became popular during and after the industrial revolution. The structure of families has change over time.
In contrast, over the past few decades, people have witnessed and grown accustomed to high tech inventions, such as personal computers, mobile phones, electro menager appliances and the Internet, that have transformed out lives. We might then assume that other eras in history experienced a similarly rapid pace in technological progress. And yet, for almost all of human history, quite the opposite is true. People are more inclined towards using gadgets than spending time with other family members. Little by little, Internet and mobile technology seems to be subtly destroying the meaningfulness of interactions we have with others, disconnecting us from the world around us, and leading to an imminent sense of isolation in today’s society. Instead of spending time in person with family, we are more interested with gadgets such as TV, computers, PlayStation, laptops, mobiles phones etc. However technology is not affecting only youngsters but as well as the old as technology has a negative impact on their health as they prefer to watch TV. Soaps instead of going for a walk. Moreover long ago, for examples in Mauritius, wives and grand-mothers used to go to the river to...
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