As stated by the Wikipedia, technology is the making, modification, usage and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems and methods of organization in order to solve a problem, improve a pre-existing solution to a problem, achieve a goal, handle an applied input or output relation or perform a specific function. In more ways than one modern technology if not abated, ruins more than help our life. Nowadays, internet is used to create violence. It deeply worsens the lives of people and even bringing them close to the point of death. Lies are produced and peddled indiscriminately. No one can stop this anymore from proliferating. It is continuously happening right before our eyes. According to Peters (2008), technology is the present world and it affects people’s daily lives. With the advent of social media, everybody has his or her own freedom to share or post. Netizens are free to post even lies and make-up stories – nasty things which are not prohibited to be posted at those social media even in Facebook, the most visited of the networking sites. Internet users’ threatening ordinary people is just a common occurrence. Many people in this cyberspace world experience cyber bullying and spanked with libelous and malicious posts. Hence, the glaring disadvantages of modern technology include but are not limited to, invasion of privacy, addiction to modern technology, and excessive reliance on technology.
In our society where technology is rapidly growing, controversy over our privacy rights has indeed arisen beyond our expectations. As stated by, Hauden (2009), the web is rich resource of shameless cheating strategies. With the popularity of the internet, cell phones, ATM and credit cards, it is obvious that Filipinos enjoy the convenience that has come a long way with technology. Fleming (2013) added that, cheating has become a common place in schools, because students are using technology to gather and share information in rather innovative ways. But sad to say, the popularity of internet and personal computers also pose threats to the users’ privacy. According to the Wikepedia, a law, also called the Cybercrime Law, has been passed by the government that aims to protect and safeguard the integrity of computer, computer and communications systems, networks, and databases, and the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and data stored therein, from all forms of misuse, abuse, and illegal access by making punishable under the law such conduct or conducts. This law covers all types of illegal schemes that use one or more components of the internet. It also punishes any criminal activity done using electronic gadgets, creation and distribution of different computer viruses, posting confidential information on the internet and even bank theft. While personal computers and arrival of the internet have made our lives easier in many ways, it is unfortunate that some misguided people use these products of technology to take due advantage of others.
With more and more advancements being made with modern technology, it is also ironically becoming more and more common for people around the world to become addicted to it. As what was explained by Waters (2013), the 21st century classroom is a wonder of online tools and content that students can access from an ever- evolving range of personal mobile devices with capabilities only dreamed of less than a decade ago. It maybe because technology continuously offers a world of unique possibilities to people of all ages, and cultures that it becomes hard for them to refuse. The common gadget everyone loves – the mobile phone, has many mind-blowing features that undeniably hook many of its users. Hence, even with perseverance and patience, it becomes a difficult task for the users to abruptly conquer this unforgiving obsession. Although technology can be useful as can be gleaned in many ways, it could also be very dangerous, hazardous, and harmful to those who become extremely dependent upon it for it uncontrollably drives dishonest and unprincipled people to deceive and mislead others – to the point of defrauding banks and governments.
Technology has a profound effect on how individuals conduct themselves in everyday life. In today’s world, technology is essential. It influences everything by bringing about a great level of convenience. Enderle (2005) stated that, almost half of personal computer owners say they can't imagine life without their computers. With this new convenience, humans are now becoming lazy. Advances in medicine has cured many diseases but also developed antibiotics for common diseases. This has weakened our immune systems and with this, many people now rely on medication to fight off small ailments rather than leave it to our bodies. For this reason, as the technology continues to improve, it has begun to replace our existing human abilities.
In this time, the technology offers us a big number of services that facilitate in a monumental way of our lives, like phone services, internet, and automatic teller machines. These technological services help us for making our life a little more pleasant and easier to take. But the same as their advantages, this modern technology possess a great quantity of disadvantages which affects the development of our life. This serves as a distraction in many people. Now we have seen the impacts of the modern technology in our life, it is our responsibility to use technology to improve our lives but we also have to make sure that we preserve our society and environment, if we don’t control the usage of technology, we shall end up harming both the society and environment.
Lat, Ma. Catherine P
De La Salle Lipa