Technology in Modern Society

The impact of technology on kids has evolved throughout the 20th and 21st century. In the late 20th century, technology exploded into the world with the advancement of computers and televisions. In the 21st century over 4.2 billion people have access to the internet, allowing us to learn, shop, and communicate with others. While technologies have greatly benefited modern society, they have also had a negative effect on society. These effects have impacted children greatly. Today children use technology for both entertainment and education. With the work force becoming busier and busier yearly, parent’s do not have time to entertain their children. In order to entertain kids, parents purchase modern technologies to ensure their children are exposed to today’s creations. The advancement of technology in modern society has both positive and negative impacts on kids. Due to the pandemic, for more than a year, most students around the world are learning from home, including children. In my opinion, children would much rather be learning at school and not from home due to the many distractions that come with online learning. Because of the creation of different online educational services, children are able to continue learning from home. Without these technologies, students around the world including kids, would not be able to get an education. The entertainment industry has also been incorporated into technology to reach children through TV and videos. Before the late 20th and 21st century, these technologies did not exist. However, in today’s world, the creation of video streaming services and kids television have enabled kids to have easy access to entertainment. Many children watch these videos for entertainment, which generates millions of dollars for the creators of these videos and TV shows. These videos can have both positive and negative impacts on kids. A positive of these videos is that for the first time kids are being entertained through technology. A potential negative is the threats of hacking and exploitation of kids. In 2021, hackers have found ways to easily steal information, so it is important to advise children to be careful about what they are watching on the internet. In the future the world will look very different than it is today. Technology will continue to evolve to meet the needs of people all over the world. Access to medicine will no longer be a luxury, making health care a commodity. The children of tomorrow will have access to technologies that today’s society would not be able to comprehend. We quite possibly may not even be on the same planet with how rapidly society is developing. The importance of security for the internet and technology will play a huge role for the rest of the 21st century. Kids are also going to become more aware of technology’s presence in their lives. Our generation will be the ones to create these new inventions and I hope that we are able to achieve feats that would previously be impossible to accomplish. We live in one of the most important eras in history and the decisions we make today will leave a lasting impact on future generations.

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