Technology: A gift or A curse?

Lately I have read many articles on technology and internet issues.In the past week there have been the following: Some of Google had been hacked in China, Nintendo server being hacked into. A few weeks back, the case of Sony being hacked into and personal information of users were stolen. As technology advances, we find ourselves using it more and more in everyday life, relying on it more and if put into extreme context, we have become totally dependent to it and may at times become slaves to technology. Who can honestly say they do not check their phones or emails at least 2-3 times or more a day? How many of us would say the first thing we grab in the morning before we wake up is our phone?

I am guessing if we actually recorded our own time usage of technology in just one day, we will be shocked. If you think about it this will include: phones, PC, internet, television, gadgets….

The table below show’s how the use of internet has increased dramatically.

http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm

WORLD INTERNET USAGE AND POPULATION STATISTICS

World Regions

Population
( 2011 Est.)

Internet Users
Dec. 31, 2000

Internet Users
Mar. 31, 2011

Penetration
(% Population)

Africa

1,037,524,058

4,514,400

118,609,620

11.4 %

Asia

3,879,740,877

114,304,000

922,329,554

23.8 %

Europe

816,426,346

105,096,093

476,213,935

58.3 %

Middle East

216,258,843

3,284,800

68,553,666

31.7 %

North America

347,394,870

108,096,800

272,066,000

78.3 %

Latin America/Carib.

597,283,165

18,068,919

215,939,400

36.2 %

Oceania / Australia

35,426,995

7,620,480

21,293,830

60.1 %

WORLD TOTAL

6,930,055,154

360,985,492

2,095,006,005

30.2 %

 Technology is like a big block that has numerous compartments that do different things. In very simple view the below rectangle is how my perception of technology is in a very “simple world”. Each one in different shape and size – possessing its own abilities.

 

“Chicago (IL) – A U.N. report published today states that six in ten people (60%) of the world’s population has a cell phone subscription. The driving growth trend is coming from poor, developing countries. This 60% figure is up from just under 15% in 2002.”http://www.tgdaily.com/trendwatch-features/41586-60-of-worlds-population-now-has-cell-phone-highest-ever

Technology has changed the way we think, interactive, and basically how we live our life because it has become such a big part of our everyday life. Children nowadays have access to so much more technology than years ago. If you think about it, with a PC and internet, a few clicks can transport you to a different world. You can see pictures, music, maps, information about any country in this world, and even out of this world. The use of game consoles have changed the way we interact, in the past kids would play on the streets with each other. Today they would connect using the internet to play games with each other, they would text or message or tweet or skype each other rather than meet up face to face. Meetings at work no longer mean you have to go to a different country or company to see the people face to face, as you can now use video conferencing or Skype.

These have been all due to the way technology has advanced and merged with our life.

As more and more of us input our personal information onto the internet, do we even take a second to think about what kind of risks we are putting ourselves into? How much information our Facebook account has on us? Or Google? or Hotmail accounts? Or Skype? Or online storage? The list goes on.


As technology has further advanced itself, we have been given unlimited access to the “cloud” with sites/applications such as dropbox, opendrive, Zumo drive, and very soon icloud. We will proceed to input greater and more sensitive information onto the internet. The obvious but unconscious issue is that we know we are putting it on there but we do not think about where it is actually going(because that’s the beauty but at the same time flaw of it all).

As we weigh the advantages against the risk of it all, we find ourselves coming to the conclusion that technology does hold many risk(some quite damaging) however the advantages outweigh the risk by a lot hence we continue to find ourselves using it all.

So a gift or a curse, who knows!

What do you think?

It really depends on how you use it, your luck. So let’s just say “Only time can tell.”

[[[ If you enjoyed this post, then you may be interested in another article I have written about technology and beyond….]]]

https://vixstar1314.wordpress.com/3d-data-death-data/

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25 Responses to “Technology: A gift or A curse?”

  1. Philip Dangerfield Says:

    I realize this is totally off topic but i need to know where you got that top picture of the world map all lit up. and if you are the owner, i would like to talk to you about using it in a project of mine. thanks.

    please get back to me as soon as possible.

  2. I think it is neither a curse or a gift. I guess it is kind of what you make of it, if you are glued to technology then yes maybe a curse. But the capabilities can be brilliant, you might have family in another country to be able to talk to them through things like skype and facetime is wonderful. But on the other hand people are beginning to become a bit lazy by using technology, say someone was upstairs in a house and someone was downstairs they might text one another to come downstairs or vice versa. So at the end of the day if you are going to use technology just try to use it when you need to.

  3. vixstar1314 Says:

    Thank you very much for your comment, much appreciated. The points that you have stated are very true. It all really depends on the person

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  5. Reblogged this on Sally's Special Services and commented:
    Great post!

  6. Technology is a “double-edged” sword! It is a blessing and a curse. It is both my love and my occupation. But yes, people who don’t know what they are doing, or don’t know how to stay safe online run a very high risk of security breaches. The world as crazy as it is, and the more dangerous it is getting, people need to learn how to protect their information online.

  7. For me,it could be both,but… I’d rather live with technology.
    See,as a gift,we can listen to music,view art,stay in contact with people we love,and most importantly-we can create. If we put it like that,humanity is at its best.
    But as a curse,many people do not interact with their environment anymore. I knew this person who deleted her facebook account,but keep’t her tumblr. People wouldn’t talk face to face with her while she had a FB,but she said the fantastic people she follows on tumblr inspires her creativity,so this makes sense. Some children and adults couldn’t live without technology,and that’s just sad. Those people are becoming part of the machines that are controlling them.
    I enjoy the time i spend on the internet. I’m using it’s benefits. I,and other people capable of controlling themselves are not addicted like the empty minds of the majority of todays’ people.
    And because those people make the MAJORITY, texhnology is a curse…that we should embrace…
    🙂

  8. Hi, nice blog. I have a question. I am looking for a photo like the one you have with the man standing and looking at e.g. global soltuions etc. I want to use it as cover. Where can I buy this photo?

  9. May i use your top picture under Technology: A gift a curse for a information presentation I am working. It will not be shared and made available to those I brief. If you can let me know by 4 Feb, I’d appreciate it. Thanks

  10. Great, Thanks!

  11. Technology is a gift,but our tendency to abuse(abnormal use) is what makes it look like a curse,what we need more is self evaluation of who we are and how this gift(technology) helps us express ourselves positively

  12. vixstar1314 Says:

    @Jeffery Thank you for reading my post and leaving a comment, much appreciate it. What you stated above is very true. Used accordingly and correctly – technology can assist us in countless ways, but used incorrectly and it can destroy/damage us/each other.

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  14. vixstar1314 Says:

    Great comment Nila, thanks.
    Definitely agree with what you said.

  15. vixstar1314 Says:

    @Yi, Thanks for the mention

  16. Ariadna Says:

    we as humans are in a generation where the world revolves around technology

  17. vixstar1314 Says:

    I totally agree Ariadna

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