Technology is a two edged sword, it has it’s positive effects as well as negative effects on our lives. In this post, we’ll discuss the negative effects of technology on our lives in details.
When people talk of technology what comes up in your mind? A lot of people think of technology as the internet. Actually the internet is just one aspect of technology. Every man made things that we see around us is a product of technology. The way we cultivate and utilize our natural resources are also a product of technology. Therefore when we talk of technology we are talking about everything made by man.
Technology is supposed to make life a lot easier. While it is true that technology contributed a lot of good to a better quality of life it also did not come without a price. There are several negative effects that technology has done to us.
Here are a few of the side effects of technology:
1. Depleting our natural resources
Man may have benefited a lot from the development of technology in most if not all aspects of his life but this is at the great expense of the environment. The technology used to harness our natural resources are so advanced that it can harvest billions of resources in such a short time. Technology is harvesting these resources so fast the world is being sucked dry of its natural riches.
To add insult to injury irresponsible manufacture of products has made our air, water, and land full of toxins. Pesticides, carbon dioxide emission, toxic waste in the water, products like plastic that decay are all products of technology. Pesticides are to control pests and the spread of disease, carbon dioxide emission is from cars, our bodies of water have become a garbage can of toxic materials from factories, and plastic, well, everyone uses it one way or another. We are now living in a very modern world and pollution is also at an all time high.
The negative effect of technology to the environment is affecting the every living thing but the toll is heavier on animals other than man because these animals are more vulnerable. Though there are other factors that contributed to the extinction and near extinction of different species technology also plays a very significant part. What is an example of technology contributing to the extinction of animals? The bald eagle, the peregrine, and the brown pelican have been unable to successfully reproduce mainly due to the synthetic chemical DDT. DDT is a product of agricultural technology used to kill pests. What everyone did not know then is that this bright idea was going to kill the birds too. Highly developed countries have curtailed the use of DDT. Unfortunately there are several developing countries that are still using this pesticide until today.
While technology has given man better chances at winning in the fight against diseases pollution which is also a product of technology has made man more vulnerable to all kinds of sickness especially cancer.
5. Massive destruction
Not only has technology due to pollution made man more prone to sickness but developments in terms of arms and warfare has also made humanity more vulnerable at being wiped out and the planet obliterated with just a click of a button.
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