INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND ITS IMPACT IN OUR SOCIETY
Information technology has been improving at a rapid pace in the past decades due to the change in communication and computing as seen in my previous blogs which talks about the way we record data in the system, its functions and use of both the Html and CSS. But on this blog, I am focusing on the impact of IT in our society at large and all these changes are due to the progress in economic growth both in skills and education. the support and increase in the use of new technologies has been a source of the reduced cost of communication which results in technological improvements and increase in competition both in the business sectors. Take for instance Moore’s law in the processing of microchips which seems to be doubling. These advancements in technology present many significant opportunities also pose major challenges in our society today. The main significant change in IT has been the electronic commerce through the internet as a new way of business transaction. Non-the less I am going to focus on several ways in which Information Technology has impacted in our society and in different sectors which I will list below.
. Impact on private life/trend
. Impact on Labour Market
. Impact on Education
. Impact on business and market structure
IMPACT ON PRIVATE LIFE/TREND
The change in IT impact greatly in our private life due to the rapid increase in the use of computers which has been taken over with high dependability on ICT as our new way of living there by removing the act of pro activeness and thinking ability even though it makes socialising easier it also has a negative effect on our health using computer through stain injuries on our hands, eyes and wrist.
The amount of time spent on the internet or watching TV has taken a large part of our day to day activity which has also resulted in the increase in obesity due to large dependability in technology and fast food. Information technology has improved our transportation system in many ways making it easy to travel from one country to another through different means which includes both land air and sea. it has equally a raised privacy issues as information are easily shared among people and this affects both the private and public sectors.
IMPACT ON LABOUR MARKET
This has more impact as there is high request for technological know-how in most industries today. Snice the use of technological appliance most jobs are lost, all activities are carried out using technology, like the use of telephones or internet to communicate compared to writing letters through a postman, technology bridges the gap and reduces jobs in this area. firms move businesses and jobs to countries they can benefit from in ways of low production with use of cheap labour and raw materials..
IMPACT ON EDUCATION
The improvement in information technology has been beneficial in the educational aspect of our economy as we know that education is the backbone of any economy that wants to grow and information technology has indeed helped with the ease of studying through easy asses to research materials and not eliminating the old and traditional method of studying in the class, but complementing the educational system in a more advanced way. Information’s are easily passed from lectures to students through the internet via Email and this also simplifies the interaction between student during course work.
Although we still have other means of education which is the distance learning through the internet, this is highly supported with videos of tutorial and are used by prestigious university to enable people from different geographical location attain a degree which in turn creates the room for expansion in Ecommerce.
IMPACT ON BUSINESS AND MARKET STRUCTURE
The impact of information technology on business and market structure is mainly seen in the aspect of reducing geographical distance between the work place and home, many industries like the software industry make use of this to overcome local market competition for engineers in software, low wages by the use for employees in countries like India or other places where their wages are lower. Firms can equally outsource for investment from other countries with better infrastructures and use information technology like telecommunication and the internet to manage the marketing process. Information technology brings about the ease of product awareness, choice, and a more interactive and professional was of marketing products which can be tailored to costumers needs and services in both the own country of production and other country as a marketing strategy.
In conclusion information technology has numerous impact in our society today and it requires proper research and investigation to identify the dangers and risk it may have in our society which can range from lack of human mental capacity due to high reliability in computers or socially based on the technology design. All these decisions need to be carefully made as any change now might be expensive and even difficult to modify soon.
Link to blog
By karehka ramey on the 12th November 2012 (the impact of technology on society) http://www.useoftechnology.com/technology-society-impact-technology-society/
By Konsbruck Robert Lee19th Feb. 2014 ( impact of information technology) https://www.zurich.ibm.com/pdf/news/Konsbruck.pdf
By Judi Casey on the 12th of December 2012 (impact of technology on our work and family lives) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judi-casey/the-impact-of-technology-_b_1932974.html