January 14, 2014
The world is constantly evolving and changing, different chapters in the world’s history brings on a new set of inventions, subsequent consequences and difficulties. From the machine age of the 1800’s, to the post war era and now the information age, each chapter creates a new set of challenges to overcome. Some technology advances have affected entire countries, for instance, recent technological developments including the, cellular phone and the internet has broken the barriers of communication. Despite the fact that technology aids in many aspects of everyday life, there are many disadvantages that stems from the use of technology available in this ever-evolving world, such as its environmental impact, education implication, difficulties in the workplace and the privacy issues that comes along with using technology. To begin, certain technologies and the production of these types of technologies has a large impact on the environment. Consequently, ones technological choices, such as the products one chooses to use, has unpredictable consequences on human health and the vitality of the environment. Firstly, the creation of a piece of technology begins when extracting the material components needed for the product. Each step of the extraction process emits harmful greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere which can also be related to global warming (Rose 8). During the production stage, countless litters of water and kilowatts of energy is used (8). Also, more greenhouse gasses are emitted along with the subsequent water and solid waste
that has been produced (8). A key factor in environment deterioration is the use of mercury in different technology products. There is an apparent risk for the health and vitality of not only the environment itself, but the other living organisms living in those environments, including humans. To exemplify, a standard CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulb is the most popular light bulb in households around the world, however, it is one of the worst technological devices that emits mercury into its environment (Rose 5). The World Health Organization affirms that “Mercury is considered […] as one of the top 10 chemicals or group of chemicals of major public health concern” (“Mercury and Health”). It is considered to be highly dangerous as a result of contaminated food sources. Fish are at the most risk of becoming infected with mercury poisoning. Once poisoned, significant levels of mercury can live in the tissue for their life duration (Rose 34). Also, mammals and bird can also contract mercury poisoning, resulting in adverse effects such as organ damage, immune deficiencies and reproductive problems (34). Consequently humans can also contract this type of poisoning because “People are mainly exposed to mercury […] when they eat animal meat, fish and shellfish that contain the compound” (“Mercury and Health”). Once human poisoning has occurred, it can cause extreme damage to the kidneys, liver and central nervous system, or in pregnant patients, or developmental deficiencies in an unborn child of a pregnant patient (Rose 34). While some technological choices have a positive impact on how some live their day to day lives, unthinkable consequences may be inflicted on the environment, and to those who live in it. However, even more setbacks may occur in the field of education. Additionally, the classroom setting has been reengineered to use the power of computers and other devices. However the use of all this technology can prove to be a hassle in some cases
both within the classroom and outside the classroom. As technology developed rapidly in the 1980’s, “assisted learning through the computer became an influential teaching tool in the learning of a second language” (Lai, Kritsonis 1). Though technology can be used to aid teaching, there are...
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