By Jordan Watts
When was the last time you researched the answer to a question you did not know? And I don’t mean pulled out your laptop or did a quick search on your phone for the solution, I mean opened up a book and read until you found what you were looking for. Dependency on technology is becoming a rapidly growing issue in our society, as most people would answer my first question with a shrug of the shoulders, or a statement along the lines of “I couldn’t tell you.”
Studies show that 77% of people firmly believe that our world relies too much on technology to succeed (STATSCAN, 2016). To complete a simple assignment, some sort of technological resource is required. To complete simple tasks at work, to carry on a conversation, to maintain and even create relationships. Technology is all around us, and our reliance on it is alarming.
Technological dependency takes away from human relations. As social networking diminishes face-to-face contact, alienation increases, which raises issues including cyber-bullying and online “stalking,” creating very dangerous situations for even the most harmless and innocent of individuals.
In the workplace, computers and programs are replacing actual jobs, making many people’s roles in the work force obsolete.
Think your personal information is private? Think again. Privacy issues have risen immensely as it becomes increasingly difficult for individuals to keep their information private. Things like a telephone number, address, income, even where you went for dinner, are all free knowledge to whoever wants it. While the fact that you ate pizza for supper may not be important info, that may not be so for things like companies' financial accounts, political plans, nuclear blueprints... The list goes on and on.
When a simple cyber attack could knockout airports, banks, hospitals, security systems, it is hard to feel safe, even in your own home.
Technology is all around us, and our reliance on it is alarming.
For more information about the disadvantages of using social media go to www.techmaish.com/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-social-media-for-society/.
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By Jameson Toye
In today's ever growing and evolving society, technology seems to be more and more present in our everyday lives. In recent years, technology has progressed to the point where people rely and connect more on their devices, growing imaginary crops online rather than going outside. People rely on their phones and the internet for almost everything in their daily lives, to the point that they forget to take a step back and look at some of the disadvantages that come with all of this amazing new technology.
Technology has progressed and evolved to the point where it is only a matter of time before all of the wonderful devices and tools built to make our lives “easier” turn on us and begin taking over. Technology will become sentient, and will begin to turn on all of the people who use it daily, becoming the most dominant force on earth.
By Matthew McDonald
The merits of technology have been disputed since the dawn of the industrial revolution, with both sides bringing compelling - and ridiculous - arguments to the table. The rapid pace of technological advancements has reached a fever pitch in the last 30 years, seeing the inventions of personal computers, the public internet infrastructure, and smart phones, among others.
While it’s certainly easy to view these advancements with a cynical eye, I’ve chosen to take a more objective approach to the subject. Technology allows people from all over the world to connect with one another to share the many niche things we obsess over, allows us to work more efficiently and more safely than ever before, and has extended our average life spans to heights once thought unimaginable through the availability of affordable medicine and health care services. Technology has also led to rapid advancements in urban and rural infrastructure, allowing for expedited road repairs, bridge construction, and has made building homes and apartments a far less complicated process.
Not only has technology allowed for humans to spend their days in far safer workplaces, but it has also allowed for many industries to accommodate work-from-home programs. Working from home allows employees to spend more time with family, and allows them to work on a tailored schedule that works for them. Without computers or the internet, this would never be possible. This has led to Western society once again discussing the advantages of a shortened workweek, which could one day become a reality.
I’d argue that these things alone (not counting the dozens of other breakthroughs made possible by technology) have proven that technology and the rapid advancements in those fields are more than worthwhile.
In truth, the argument is a completely subjective one - no matter your attitudes towards technology, it’s impossible to deny that it hasn't affected our daily lives for better or worse. Western society is becoming more and more dependent on technology and its widespread advancement, and like it or not, it’s here to stay.
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Content adapted from several sources, including: https://www.reference.com/world-view/advantages-disadvantages-technology-2e7f5137b56b1d6a; http://www.useoftechnology.com/what-is-technology.
By Ryan Peplinskie
Social Media is everywhere. Like right now, you’re probably reading this in a browser with 4 other tabs open, constantly checking Twitter, Facebook, YouTube before you pick up your phone to check Instagram and Snapchat. Throughout all this browsing, you’ll most likely be exposed to hundreds upon hundreds of ads, branded content and promotions. Social Media has become a battlefield of brands lobbying for relevance and their beloved consumers’ potential investments. But is that really a bad thing?
Because of this resurgence of branding and advertising, brands now have more opportunities than ever to reach potential consumers and promote their products and services. Brands and companies spend countless dollars buying up banner and video ad space and spend equal amounts of money developing ads that connect with the regular consumer or that make a spectacle and go viral. Brands even employ savvy social media and PR teams. Take the case a week and a half ago where the Wendy’s employee running its Twitter account replied in a very sassy way to an online troll (and many others like it: http://www.businessinsider.com/wendys-roasting-people-twitter-hilarious-mcdonalds-retail-2017-1). These exchanges blew up all over the internet. It was at the top of trending on most social networks for days and it seemed like everyone was either talking about it or adding their opinion. And it worked wonders for Wendy's.
Most people would think taking a sassy approach to customer service would be a hindrance but Wendy's has shown that talking back to trolls and not-so-serious online commenters works. They’ve gained thousands of new followers that are tuned in to see the next reply they’ll send out and they’ve gained thousands of new customers, all thanks to their sass and attitude.
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Brand awareness and how social media can generate a positive or negative impact
By Thomas Connolly
Advertising in the modern world has opened up an almost endless amount of options for tackling your advertising, especially when you consider the impact that social media can have. Your next big step may be to add brand awareness advertising to your social media portfolio endeavours. But first you should make sure that using social media is the right tool for your business and that you’re using the right platforms for your next project.
According to WebpageFX, here is a short list of the pros and cons for businesses:
Read the full article here: http://www.webpagefx.com/internet-marketing/social-media-marketing-advantages-and-disadvantages.html
Source of content: http://www.webpagefx.com/internet-marketing/social-media-marketing-advantages-and-disadvantages.html
Image: Jennifer Rouse Barbeau, 2015