Saturday, July 10, 2010

Technology, Has Changed, Changing, and Will Change Our Lives... Agreed?

Today, I shall blog about the essay I passed up for homework last week for MUET (see, I've been doing homework in school! =D). Our MUET teacher has already covered all the areas tested in a MUET test. She has done speaking, listening, writing, and comprehension. And I think, she is the fastest teacher around compared to any other schools in Alor Setar, right?

If you were to take a page from the past you will find that life has never been this easy. With technology, the standard living of mankind has improved tremendously. Man has evolved from living in caves to houses, from getting somewhere on foot to wheels, and the list goes on.

Changes in the area of communication due to the advancement of technology have been the most remarkable progress. A hundred years ago, the Internet or World Wide Web (www) never existed. The telephone had just been invented and it had taken the world by storm. Finding for information at that time meant reading through journals or books just to source out the information needed. As matter of fact, people back then still depended on oral traditions. But, with the existence, knowledge is just at one's fingertips! Looking for information about cells? Just Google or Wikipedia it! And within seconds, all your questions will be answered. Furthermore, with the internet,one can even find their long lost school pals online through the many social networking sites available online! A mum even found her lost children through Facebook! Many people are getting hooked onto these sites. Twitter has even made it possible for your family and friends to know what and where you are all the time, regardless of distance. In the days of snail mail, one had to wait for ages to get a reply. Sometimes, your snail mail might even get lost! Now, it's so convenient, keeping in touch with one another just a click of a button away, with add-ons such as voice over and face-to-face video call.

But as in everything, there are always two sides to a coin. The presence of the internet has negative impacts to our lives too. Why? Pornography is one example! The Internet has made pornography unbelievably accessible. As with everything on the Net, it is also just a few click of the keyboard and mouse away. The proliferation of social networking sites has also infiltrated our privacy. You can know so much about a person just by looking into his profiles and friends' profiles. You can even be included in his circle of friends since most people accept without question requests for friends. A kidnapper can easily find the necessary information needed on Facebook or Twitter, to know where you'll be at a certain time with whom, and with that information, the kidnapper can easily derive the prefect plan to kidnap you.

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