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.