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One Example of How Technology Benefits and Damages Society at the Same Time

Since the 80s, Society has been more and more directed to online resources. At some point, it not only tapped those resources -- it became part of those resources. In short, life became completely integrated with an online presence.

Besides education and entertainment, web-surfing grew to include online commerce, buying and selling. One could stay home and view the objects available for purchase and could actually purchase them.

Prices dropped. Shipping charges dropped. Consumer satisfaction increased. And this satisfaction closely resembled Instant Gratification! Needless to say, online purchasing has increased very considerably.

All of this is very positive, right? But stop and think. What about the stores? Stores require land and construction. They require utilities. And they require the movement of stock. Roads, law enforcement, and shipping from warehouses is also required.

Stores cannot compete, unless they offer something not readily available online.

Stores fold. Shopping malls become ghost towns. Jobs are lost. One cannot commute but so far from home to the job. Where buildings and residences are abandoned, crime and violence gain ground. Drugs increase in accessibility. Quality of life is sucked into a black hole, as it were.

Technology benefits and damages Society at the same time.


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MegL wrote on August 14, 2017, 12:54 PM

Yes, sometimes technology is a hard taskmaster for some. Of course, there are others who fall into sh*t and find a market for manure has just opened!!!

VinceSummers wrote on August 14, 2017, 1:43 PM

And there are some who post falsehood (which goes viral), rake in the bucks, and live the "good life." Or, they invent things that go viral. If not pet rocks, then fidgets or search engines and auction sites. And don't forget the QR Code. How little can one do to become rich, while others die scraping up a meager [or, meagre] existence.

Last Edited: August 14, 2017, 1:46 PM

lookatdesktop wrote on August 15, 2017, 8:14 PM

Maybe people will grow tired of the internet one day and maybe the malls and retail stores will make a come back, Yea, that's one big maybe.